Adams County News

Quincy, IL

July 18, 1838
Abolitionists and anti-Abolitionists

We hear from Adams county, Illinois, of an unfortunate affray, connected with the bad spirit existing in that quarter between the Abolitionists and anti-Abolitionists. Two citizens of Boone county, in this state, had pursued two of their runaway slaves to Bear Creek, in the neighborhood of Quincy. When satisfied of their being discovered, the negroes, both of which were armed with rifles, took shelter in a hazel thicket. Their retreat was soon surrounded by the citizens, who had engaged in the pursuit. As soon as the attack commenced, one of the negroes fired his rifle, the contents of which were lodged in the body of one of the pursuers. The wound is said to be extremely dangerous. A shot from the pursuers struck the body of one of the slaves and he died in a few hours afterwards. The other runaway, seeing resistance hopeless, gave himself up to his master. A party of Abolitionists, who had by this time collected, now interfered.

[Submitted by Kim Torp, 18 Jul 1838; Rhode-Island Republican]

Sept. 21, 1869

A man named Cornelius Keef, for some time a waiter at the Quincy House, in Quincy, was found dead in an alley in the rear of Tillson’s block Saturday morning, having accidentally fallen or intentionally thrown himself from the window of his room in the third story of the building. He leaves a family in Chicago, from whom he has been separated some time.

[Submitted by Jim Dezotell, Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) – Tuesday, September 21, 1869]

July 4, 1884

The first accident in connection with the building of the Pettis County Courthouse occurred a few days ago. Peter Meyer, aged about 20, a brick mason, fell backward to the ground, some 20 feet below. He was picked up unconscious and it was found that his right arm and leg were broken. His home is in Quincy, Ill., where he was taken.

[Source: COLE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Jefferson City, MO, 4 July 1884, p1, c4. Typed by Joanne Scobee Morgan]

Dec. 22, 1887

A citizen of Columbus recently removed the bodies of his wife's parents from one grave to another.  The body of the mohter, [sic] was found almost turned over in the coffin, with one of the legs drawn up and the position of the arms changed.  Pretty good evidence that the poor woman had been buried alive.

(SOURCE: "Illinois Affairs" 22 Dec 1887; Sterling Standard, Sterling, Illinois - submitted by Teri Moncelle Colglazier)

August 17, 1889

We are sorry that Rev. Mr. McCoy has found it advisable to make preparations for leaving Wa-Keeney (Kas.).  He and his family will go to Quincy, Ill., about the first of next month.  This step is rendered necessary on the account of the ill health of Mrs. McCoy.  Mr. McCoy is an able minister, and he will find no difficulty in finding a charge in the Quincy circuit.  Rev. S.R. Ferguson, of Colby, will move here with his family about the first of October, and become pastor of the M.E. church.

[Source: Western Kansas world. (WaKeeney, Kan.), August 17, 1889 - submitted by K.T.]

September 10, 1898

Gilfert Barnard and family, a cousin of Mrs. Wm. Gould arrived from Liberty, ILL.; they think of locating here and making this their permanent home.

[Source: Haven Independent, Haven, Reno County, Kansas, September 10, 1898, page – front *** column – 3 - submitted by Rose]



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