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.
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.
Camp Point's founding and expansion was not the only mission for early settlers Peter Garrett and Thomas Bailey. The Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854 and subsequent threat of U.S. territories becoming slave states mobilized their free-state efforts.
William Harold Swanberg was a physician, scholar, writer, editor, educator and a philanthropist. Although not a native of the area, he lived in Quincy more than 50 years and left a lasting legacy.
At the end of the 19th century, Quincy had been established as one of the leading manufacturing centers in the Midwest.
A young woman from near Camp Point tried to gain justice in two states and finally resorted to serving it out herself. However, there is a price to pay for taking the law into your own hands. Lillie Booth became the second casualty of her actions.
Floyd Dell was born in Barry in 1887 to an oft-unemployed Civil War veteran father and a former teacher. The Dell family lived a tenuous economic existence. Having lived on potato soup one winter, the 6-year-old Floyd realized the family was poor.
In the late 1880s a curious labor shortage had reached newsworthy status. There was a distinct scarcity of domestic help. Women were declining to enter their assumed places in household service and instead opting to become factory girls.
After immigrating to the United States from Germany in 1869 at age 18 and settling in Quincy two years later, Frederick A."Fred" Wolf began living the American Dream.