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.

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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.

Camp Point founders committed to a free nation
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Camp Point founders committed to a free nation

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.

Medical writing was a passion for longtime Quincy physician
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Medical writing was a passion for longtime Quincy physician

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.

Steam governor led wide array of Quincy inventions
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Steam governor led wide array of Quincy inventions

At the end of the 19th century, Quincy had been established as one of the leading manufacturing centers in the Midwest.

Impoverished Lincoln cousin lived in Quincy
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Impoverished Lincoln cousin lived in Quincy

Caroline Hanks Hall, The Quincy Daily Whig reported in 1904, "had eked out a miserable existence in her illy-provided flat at 212 North Fourth Street," even though she was Abraham Lincoln's cousin.