Marjorie McMein changed her name, changed her life
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Marjorie McMein changed her name, changed her life

When President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany, he stated the United States was joining the fight to bring world peace and declared: "The world must be made safe for democracy."

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Anti-slavery preacher set adrift on raft by angry mob
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Anti-slavery preacher set adrift on raft by angry mob

Pardee Butler was born in New York state and raised in Ohio two centuries ago. Becoming a man of steadfast conviction, he helped the growing United States stay free of slavery.

Quincy's great debate featured weary Lincoln, Douglas
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Quincy's great debate featured weary Lincoln, Douglas

By the time he reached Quincy on that damp Wednesday morning, Oct. 13, 1858, Abraham Lincoln was exhausted.

Quincyan honored for saving lives driving WWI ambulance
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Quincyan honored for saving lives driving WWI ambulance

As of Sept. 23, 1917, Harold Lewis was no longer a civilian volunteer, but a private first class in the U.S. Army. His pay was $36 a month.

Families paved pathway that led to slaves' freedom
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Families paved pathway that led to slaves' freedom

Quincy's abolitionist network was in great danger after passage of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850. Under federal law, slave owners could visit free states and retrieve their human property.

Quincyan's lifetime of service began in World War I
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Quincyan's lifetime of service began in World War I

The Herald-Whig proclaimed: "Red Cross Leader, Harold W. Lewis, 66, Attorney, Dies Suddenly." It was Monday evening, Jan. 6, 1964, when Quincy lost a devoted community servant and lifelong resident of the Gem City.

Quincy has reinvented its economy over time
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Quincy has reinvented its economy over time

One of the interesting statistics for Quincy and the surrounding area is that it has maintained about the same population over a long period of time.

Black physician who served in WWI was mover, shaker
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Black physician who served in WWI was mover, shaker

Dr. Hosea J. Nichols was one of the 104 doctors of African-American descent who were physicians in World War I. His father, William Nichols, who had been born a slave, served with the Union Army in the 59th U.S. Colored Infantry during the Civil War.

Abby Fox Rooney was female physician pioneer
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Abby Fox Rooney was female physician pioneer

In 1874, Dr. Abby Fox of rural Adams County became the first female physician to be licensed in Illinois. Twenty-six years later, only 5 percent of physicians in the United States were women.