Quincy's Jewish families helped shape the city
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Quincy's Jewish families helped shape the city

From the arrival of Abraham Jonas and his family in 1838 through the end of the 19th century, Jews -- despite their tiny numbers -- were essential in laying the foundations of the city of Quincy.

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After rich 181-year history, synagogue closing its doors
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After rich 181-year history, synagogue closing its doors

The deconsecration of Temple B'nai Sholom (Children of Peace) closes the 181-year history since the first Jew, Abraham Jonas, settled in Quincy. The synagogue's roots can be found in the few Jewish pioneers who began to worship together in 1848.

Camp Point colonel proved to be brave and gallant soldier
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Camp Point colonel proved to be brave and gallant soldier

Camp Point merchant William Hanna answered Lincoln's call for more men to suppress the rebellion of Southern states in August 1861.

Blessing Hospital once offered endowed rooms
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Blessing Hospital once offered endowed rooms

Almost from the beginning of Blessing Hospital, organizations, churches and sometimes individuals had endowed rooms or wards. The hospital was considered a charity and needed endowments to sustain its work.

Quiet parking lot hides ghost story of a vanished house
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Quiet parking lot hides ghost story of a vanished house

There's a quiet parking lot on North 12th Street beside the alley on the west side of the street between Broadway and Vermont. In 1883 it was the site of a brick house that became notorious for being haunted.

Quincy attorney played part in ill-fated constitutional convention
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Quincy attorney played part in ill-fated constitutional convention

Illinois' second constitution, expected to remedy the ills of the first, had its own problems. So, when Illinoisans approved another convention to replace the constitution of 1848, James W. Singleton of Quincy would give it his second try.

Humble meat market grew into supermarket empire
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Humble meat market grew into supermarket empire

In 1920, George Kiefer opened a meat market at Fourth and Lind streets in Quincy. In 1921, he opened a grocery store in Camp Point. By 1924, he owned 10 stores, including ones in Bowen, Golden, Kellerville, Clayton and another in Quincy.

Blessing nurse embraced change, transforming hospital
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Blessing nurse embraced change, transforming hospital

Lauretta Eno moved to Quincy in 1957, when she accepted the position of director of nursing service and director of nursing education at Blessing Hospital. At age 42, she had already had a lifetime of experiences.

Colorful attorney formed bond of respect with Lincoln
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Colorful attorney formed bond of respect with Lincoln

Archibald (Archie) Williams, a colorful character with a flair for law and politics, was 28 years old when he settled in Quincy in 1829. He was born June 10, 1801, into a large family of limited means in Montgomery County, Ky.

Prairie was site of Civil War camp, baseball, circus riot
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Prairie was site of Civil War camp, baseball, circus riot

When Quincy was a young city, it hugged the river. At 12th and Broadway, the countryside began. Across the cinder sidewalk and the dirt of Twelfth Street stretched a piece of land called Alstyne's Prairie.