Clayton Township has always been on the move
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Clayton Township has always been on the move

Early settlers of Illinois from the east and south often followed and settled along waterways. Many settlers in Adams County had come down the Ohio River, then up the Mississippi to Quincy. Others came overland. But before the Ohio River was controlled by

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Helen Brown fought discrimination her entire life
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Helen Brown fought discrimination her entire life

Siblings Helen Elizabeth Brown, born in 1898, and Aaron W. Brown, born in 1901, grew up at 715 N. 22nd at the turn of the 20th century.

First Blessing nursing grad made her mark on city
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First Blessing nursing grad made her mark on city

Martha Dean Fitzgerald was born in Burlington, Iowa, on March 7, 1873. After high school graduation, she moved to Adams County to live with her grandmother. Other than a brief stay in Mattoon, she lived in Quincy for most of her life.

Local temperance movement paved way for prohibition
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Local temperance movement paved way for prohibition

By JOSEPH NEWKIRK After 1785 when Dr. Benjamin Rush, the United States' leading physician at the time, published "An Inquiry into the Effects of Ardent Spirits upon the Human Body and Mind," the temperance movement became a mainstay of American life. It

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.

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.