Stephen A. Douglas finds chaos on first day in Congress
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Stephen A. Douglas finds chaos on first day in Congress

His itinerary was appropriate for Congressman-Elect Stephen A. Douglas, who left his Quincy home at the southeast corner of Third and York streets for Washington, D.C., in October 1843.

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Stephen A. Douglas' 1843 victory was hard fought
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Stephen A. Douglas' 1843 victory was hard fought

On the chilly morning in November 1843 that he left his rented home at Third and York in Quincy for Washington, D.C., Stephen A. Douglas checked to make sure he had with him his prized possession.

Hebron Cemetery, established in 1834, remains in use
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Hebron Cemetery, established in 1834, remains in use

In 1834, a baby boy was born to pioneer couple Lewis and Jane McFarland in Adams County, Ill. They named him Ira. Sadly, four months later, the infant died, and his parents chose a serene area on a slight rise in the Illinois prairie for his burial.

Illinois bank robberies common in early 1920s
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Illinois bank robberies common in early 1920s

In 1924, Illinois had 40% of the bank robberies in the United States. It took a bank robbery in broad daylight 15 miles north of Quincy to demonstrate that Adams County was not excluded from the troubles that plagued Illinois banks.

Many Adams County schools have disappeared
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Many Adams County schools have disappeared

The earliest settlers of Adams County valued education. In most townships, as soon as there were a few children on the farms or new towns in an area, the people built a log school, appointed a school board and hired a teacher.

City's radio broadcasts transformed communication
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City's radio broadcasts transformed communication

The evolution of the broadcast medium known now as radio took a giant stride in 1895 when Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi devised a way to send Morse-coded telegraph messages over long distances without using wires.

Thousands turn out to celebrate July 4 in 1863
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Thousands turn out to celebrate July 4 in 1863

The first week of July 1863 was one of the most significant of the Civil War.

John Wood caught California Gold Rush fever
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John Wood caught California Gold Rush fever

In late 1848, Quincy newspapers reported a gold strike in the unorganized territory of California.

Harrison Brewery ended with end of the 19th century
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Harrison Brewery ended with end of the 19th century

Part I of this series dealt with the history of Michael Becker's ownership of the Harrison Brewery at Ninth and Harrison streets and the use of Watson's springs by German families.

Beer garden paved the way for creating South Park
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Beer garden paved the way for creating South Park

The 1866 Quincy City Directory listed eight brewers in the breweries business section. With the addition of the Bluff Brewery, which was overlooked by directory publishers, a total of nine were serving the needs of local consumers.