Women preferred working in factories to shops, homes
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Women preferred working in factories to shops, homes

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.

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Fred Wolf: From pillar of business to convicted felon
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Fred Wolf: From pillar of business to convicted felon

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.

Multi-talented John Wall was in demand as an orator
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Multi-talented John Wall was in demand as an orator

John Edmund Wall was known around Quincy for many things. He was a printer, lawyer, orator, philanthropist, writer, political activist, poet, an influential citizen and a songwriter.

Col. George Iles: Pilot from Quincy to the world -- Part 2
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Col. George Iles: Pilot from Quincy to the world -- Part 2

George J. Iles was born to Mr. and Mrs. George D. Iles of 1416 N. 14th in 1918. Although a few black children attended the various public schools, Quincy was largely a racially segregated city.

John Wood and Willard Keyes find their brides
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John Wood and Willard Keyes find their brides

Among his many talents, Quincy founder John Wood knew how to throw a party. They could be one-nighters like the Christmas party at his month-old log cabin. Or they could be life-changing events.

Quincy woman takes her life after seeing witch doctor
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Quincy woman takes her life after seeing witch doctor

On the morning of Sept. 26, 1904, Elizabeth Weisenberger of 328 State found her granddaughter, Bessie Bement, dying from poison ingestion.

Col. George Iles: Pilot from Quincy to the world
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Col. George Iles: Pilot from Quincy to the world

In 1939, George J. Iles took the opportunity to earn a private pilot's license under the Civilian Pilot Training Program, thus becoming Quincy's first black pilot.

Sailor lost at sea was Quincy's first Gold Star recipient
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Sailor lost at sea was Quincy's first Gold Star recipient

Willis Hardyman dreamed of becoming a sailor in the U.S. Navy. He had been born at home Sept. 4, 1897, the oldest of three children, to Charles and Edith Hardyman, and as a youngster carried newspapers for the Quincy Journal.

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."

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.