Cicero F. Perry, of Quincy, was born near Springfield, Sangamon county, Illinois, January 22, 1855, and was reared in Hancock and McDonough counties.  July 15, 1880, he was united in marriage with Rebecca K. Morey.  They moved the same year from Colchester to Quincy, where Mr. Perry was employed several years as telegraph operator and assistant train dispatcher.

In 1884 Mr. and Mrs. Perry moved to California, but returned to Quincy the next year.  Mr. Perry was police magistrate of Quincy from 1896 until 1891, from which latter year till 1903 he was engaged in daily newspaper work.  In the fall of 1903 he bought a controlling interest in The Quincy Optic, a weekly family newspaper, of which he has since then been the editor and manager.

Mr. Perry is an assistant historian of the “Past and Present of the City of Quincy and Adams County, Illinois.”  Mr. and Mrs. Perry have two children, namely:  Miss Grace Margaret Perry and Master Ralph George Perry.

Source: Past and present of the city of Quincy and Adams County, Illinois, p. 382; by William H. Collins, Cicero F. Perry, joint author; John Tillson. History of the city of Quincy, Illinois. [from old catalog]. Chicago, S. J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1905.