Clayton native honored for his role in Civil War skirmish
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Clayton native honored for his role in Civil War skirmish

North of Timewell in Brown County, and out on what was once a vast prairie, is the Mounds Cemetery. Here with family and neighbors is the final resting place of George Washington Lucas.

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Card playing proved contentious in early 20th century
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Card playing proved contentious in early 20th century

Ever since their introduction by Spanish explorers in the late 15th century, American card games have been a popular pastime offering challenging and creative play.

A great black educator visits Quincy
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A great black educator visits Quincy

On a Saturday evening in late January 1895, Booker Taliaferro Washington arrived in Quincy. Born a slave in Virginia in 1856, he was then one of the nation's most prominent black leaders three decades after the Civil War.

3 members of nursing Class of 1916 also served abroad
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3 members of nursing Class of 1916 also served abroad

There were eight graduates in the Blessing Hospital Training School for Nurses Class of 1916. Three of them served with the American Red Cross Nursing Service in World War I. The Rev. F.J. Brown of the Payson Congregational Church gave the graduation addr

Unitarian minister's diary tells of life in 1840s
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Unitarian minister's diary tells of life in 1840s

Thankfully, George Moore kept a diary in which he recorded many interesting, if often incomplete descriptions of life in early Quincy and its inhabitants.

'Mass for Shut-Ins' a Sunday morning staple for 55 years
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'Mass for Shut-Ins' a Sunday morning staple for 55 years

Every Sunday morning for 55 years, thousands of viewers -- Catholics and non-Catholics alike -- in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri have watched the broadcast of "Mass for Shut-Ins" on Quincy television stations. Sponsored by the Quincy chapter of the Knights of

Judge's antislavery decision redeemed his reputation
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Judge's antislavery decision redeemed his reputation

Illinois' Constitution of 1818 started the evolution in the state's court system in which Quincy jurist Richard Montgomery Young figured prominently.

Payson man first from Adams County to serve in WWI
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Payson man first from Adams County to serve in WWI

In May 1917 the war in Europe had been raging for almost three years while America officially remained on the sidelines. Americans were involved in private efforts to offer humanitarian aid and support.

Quincyans attempted to be peacemakers with Mormons
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Quincyans attempted to be peacemakers with Mormons

On Sept. 11, 1845, a large public meeting was held at the courthouse in Quincy, and a solemn resolution was passed. The city's leading men were appointed to deliver it to Nauvoo, the Mormon city 47 miles north in Hancock County.

Minister's son proved to be good Samaritan
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Minister's son proved to be good Samaritan

In 1837, Christopher S. Luce left Maine, came to Illinois, and settled in Adams County. The 29-year-old shoemaker arrived with his wife and two sons.