Atlas shrugged off as thriving Illinois metropolis
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Atlas shrugged off as thriving Illinois metropolis

For all who observed such things, Col. William Ross' proclamation that his town of Atlas would be the star city in Western Illinois was much believed.

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Doctor thought U.S. proved its might in World War I
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Doctor thought U.S. proved its might in World War I

Dr. C.D. Center took an unusual path when he served in World War I. He had been a respected doctor in Quincy for 17 years. He began his military career in 1905 as assistant surgeon for the Fifth Infantry of the Illinois National Guard.

Pioneering pilot's missions carried her skyward
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Pioneering pilot's missions carried her skyward

The Aeronca Champion's Continental four-cylinder engine rattled the light airplane to life. Twenty-seven-year-old Creadell Johnetta Haley had dreamed of this moment from the day she saw an airplane soar above her.

Great Influenza Epidemic of 1918 took its toll on Quincyans
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Great Influenza Epidemic of 1918 took its toll on Quincyans

In the autumn of 1918, with the U.S. military engaged in World War I raging in Europe, doctors and nurses at home were fighting another war against influenza.

Nurse didn't realize she'd signed up for the military
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Nurse didn't realize she'd signed up for the military

Virgene Ward's dedication as a nurse was recognized throughout her career.

Buzz wagons created quite a buzz rolling in Quincy
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Buzz wagons created quite a buzz rolling in Quincy

In the early 1900s, buzz wagons were controversial in Quincy but not taken too seriously. One explanation defined it as "… a large iron and rubber contrivance for transforming gasoline into speed, excitement, and obituaries.

Missouri native nursed soldiers during World War I
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Missouri native nursed soldiers during World War I

Vivian Maud Howell was born on a farm in Liberty Township in Marion County, Mo., in 1883. Her father, William F. Howell, was a farmer who later became president of the Bank of Palmyra.

Pulitizer Prize-winning historian from Camp Point disappoints QU friar
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Pulitizer Prize-winning historian from Camp Point disappoints QU friar

Disappointment spread across the face of Father Landry Genosky, a Franciscan friar who taught history at Quincy College, as he read--and reread--the letter. The priest was two years into a career at the college that would span 15 years.

Blacks had battle experience going into World War I
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Blacks had battle experience going into World War I

When the United States entered World War I in 1917, the U.S. Army was generally small, inexperienced and poorly equipped for warfare on the European front.

Quincyans sheltered Mormons run out of Nauvoo
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Quincyans sheltered Mormons run out of Nauvoo

Thousands of Mormons followed their leader, Joseph Smith, to Missouri to build their permanent city of Zion, resulting in conflict with the old settlers. In October, 1838, Missouri Gov. Lilburn Boggs ordered all Mormons to leave by spring.