First American black priest on path to sainthood
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First American black priest on path to sainthood

Two cemeteries form a shroud at the small Catholic Church in Brush Creek, Mo., in which Augustus John Tolton was baptized in 1854. Today is the 120th anniversary of the death of Tolton, a slave who became America's first African-American priest and who to

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Casper Ruff was first to brew lager beer
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Casper Ruff was first to brew lager beer

A group of glass plate negatives that had been taken by landscape photographer John Sanftleben were given to the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County a few years ago. Among the photos were a few images of Quincy breweries from the 1870's.

Eber Brothers Brewery thrived, died, then revived
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Eber Brothers Brewery thrived, died, then revived

A group of glass-plate negatives taken by landscape photographer John Sanftleben were given to the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County a few years ago. Among the photos were a few images of Quincy breweries from the 1870s.

Bluff Brewery's beer was acclaimed for its purity
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Bluff Brewery's beer was acclaimed for its purity

Quincy has a robust heritage of German immigration that began as a trickle in the 1830s and widened greatly in the 1850s and 1860s.

Crocker brothers were colorful eccentrics of Payson
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Crocker brothers were colorful eccentrics of Payson

Julius F. Crocker was born in Payson in 1854, son of Dr. Henry A. Crocker, a physician who practiced in Hannibal, Mo., and moved to Payson before the Civil War. Julius Crocker also became a physician and lived in Payson and later in Melrose.

Camps proved to be great conservation experiment
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Camps proved to be great conservation experiment

It was 1933. Giles Carr, a recent graduate in civil engineering from the University of Illinois, was looking for a job. However, 1933 was no ordinary year for young job seekers.

You might say city once lived high on the hog
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You might say city once lived high on the hog

Many barrels of pork packed in Quincy traveled down the Mississippi River by steamboat to St. Louis and New Orleans in the 1800s.

St. Jakobi church changed its German name before World War I
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St. Jakobi church changed its German name before World War I

On Sunday, June 28, 1914, a Bosnian Serb, Gavrillo Princip, stood on a street in Sarajevo, waiting for the motorcade carrying the heir of the Austria-Hungary Empire, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, to go by.

Wood lent governor's office in Capitol to Lincoln
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Wood lent governor's office in Capitol to Lincoln

John Wood's friend Abraham Lincoln had nominated him for lieutenant governor. Four years later, Wood repaid the favor.

Ellington Township soldier honored for Civil War battle bravery
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Ellington Township soldier honored for Civil War battle bravery

Having "rushed into the open field and by his shouts and cheers," John Henry Cook's act of valor helped bring victory from what seemed inevitable defeat in a Civil War battle.