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.
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.
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.