Quincy once had a job titled policeman for its city of the dead, Woodland Cemetery. It sounds as if it should have been an uneventful position, having little or no trouble from its constituents.
John B. Newlands was 10 when his family arrived in Quincy in 1850. Both of his parents, Dr. James B. and Jessie Barland Newlands, were born in Scotland, came to America in the 1830s, and first lived in Troy, N.Y.
The day before Valentine's Day, Feb. 13, 1874, dawned to reveal a gaping hole in the ceiling of the vault of the First National Bank of Quincy. It would set the record for the biggest bank heist in the entire country.
His itinerary was appropriate for Congressman-Elect Stephen A. Douglas, who left his Quincy home at the southeast corner of Third and York streets for Washington, D.C., in October 1843.