I have so many memories of Quincy, IL, its hard to pick out which one, so I will name a few. A lot of these stories are based around the 1990’s-2015 and around stores that are gone but not forgotten!
As a young lad, my parents and I used to go to K’s Merchandise quite a bit; I would always go to the back of the store where the toys were and just look and marvel at the new toys that came in, and at the beautiful clocks that hung on their wall, and oh, the electronics! Boomboxes, big screen tv’s (remember when 32 inch tube tv’s were big? And those big 50 inch projector tv’s?) hifi stereo equipment, etc, etc.
I also remember going to Furniture Country (and I still remember the jingle! Furniture Country dun dun the furniture superstore whoo!) (Where Ashleys is now) to look at a bed I believe.
I also remember Jack’s (before it became ShopKo). I got many books there & that’s where my brother used to work, so my mother and I would go and see him when we would check out our items.
I also remember going to Furrow’s Hardware store while my family was redoing our old house (where Bed Bath and Beyond is and the lumber yard used to be where Texas Roadhouse and Sit Tight is).
I remember how excited Quincians were when Crossroads (that soon became Home Depot) came to town, as well as Staples, and Super Wal-Mart, and of course Best Buy.
I remember Barons Restaurant (Ron Snider Dealership) was serving some of the best food in town and oh the smell of their coffee!
I remember the Texaco on 36th and Broadway (where sprint is across from Wendy’s). I also remember the gas station there on the corner of 18th and Broadway, (where Payday Loans are) the owner used to have two pumps and a railroad crossing buck attached to the building.
I remember the freefall convention, and the first time I went to the Oakley Lindsay Center. I remember when the Globe Trodders came to Baldwin School, and I remember the very first Storm Spotter Seminar (in the Current JWCC Cafeteria) very few people came, but now it’s a huge event!
Quincy, I have so many memories but so little space, if I was to write more, it would be several hundred books if not thousands. You have inspired people, you have people of history not only of American history, but world history as well. And my memories are just a teeny tiny part of your history. I raise my glass to you Quincy, the Diamond on the Muddy Mississippi. Happy 175th Anniversary! And many more years to come!