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