September 14, 2010

John Anderson Returns to Quincy

The Quincy Community Theater and The Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County present “An Evening with John Anderson,” on Thursday, October 7th. John Anderson is a Quincy native, who appeared in the movie “Psycho,” on the television programs “Bonanza,” and “Gunsmoke,’” and on stage. With over 500 acting credits John is well remembered for his fine character portrayals including Abraham Lincoln. Filmed entirely in Quincy, “A House Divided,” will be shown for the first time in 40 years. This gala event will commence at 6:00 p.m. with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres in the theater lobby.

At 7:30pm, ticket holders will assemble in the theater and reacquaint themselves with John. Dr. Tim Jacobs of the Historical Society Board of Directors will present a retrospective on John’s acting career, his many ties to Quincy, and the filming, in Quincy, of “A House Divided.” This film was lost for a number of years and has just been found. The film was made with a cast of local “extras” in several locations around the city. The challenge will be in finding familiar faces in the crowd and recognizing where various scenes were filmed. Following the screening of “A House Divided” Dr. Jacobs will host a lively John Anderson discussion. This is an all-Quincy event, not to be missed. Make reservations early! Many surprises are in store!

All seating is reserved. Tickets at $20 include the pre-event social, the program, movie, and other surprises. Tickets may be obtained by phone at 217-222-3209, in person at the Quincy Community Theater box office, or at For further information telephone the Quincy Community Theater 217-222-3209 or the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County 217-222-1835, Tuesday through Friday 10:00am to 2pm.

September 11, 2010

Politsch Receipt Books

Receipt books from Poltisch Hardware, 835-838 South 8th in Quincy, and bank deposit bag for South Side Bank of Quincy.

These receipt books were acquired by Brian Inman...

"I think the year was 2005 and Mr. Politsch, the younger, had offered some items to the Quincy Community Theatre. I went to the old Politsch hardware to meet him and pick up the items. Mr. Politsch rolled up in his wheel chair to the front door of the old hardware store. He opened up the front door and it was like stepping back in time. I don’t know what year the hardware store closed but it looked like one day they just decided to lock the doors. There everything sat, shelves still full with new old merchandise. Old wooden and glass display cases. You could tell that they were very meticulous people.

Anyway, he showed me around and told me some stories. One story in particular about the hardware store being a very busy place for fur trappers and hunters. Folks would bring in their furs and the old man would give them cash on the spot. Here are some of the receipt books from those transactions."

39 skunk furs will net you nearly $86 in 1926.

Muskrat love

Happy New Year 1926.

Ace Power of Lima brought in the most muskrats from 1926-27.

Deposit Bag from the South Side Bank of Quincy.

September 9, 2010

Quincy Cubs 1973 Official Souvenir Program

Check out every page of this 1973 Midwest League Quincy Cubs Official Souvenir Game Program. Special thanks to Brian Inman for finding this Quincy "gem"...

September 2, 2010

First Saturday Walking Tours

The Gardner Museum of Architecture and Design's popular First Saturday Walking Tours program takes place the first Saturday of every month May through October. It takes place in a variety of neighborhoods in Quincy and features a variety of architectural styles and historical information. This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.

There are only two dates left in this season's tour program. This Saturday morning, September 4th, at 10am... Meeting at 7th and Adams, St. Mary’s Church.

The last tour is October 2nd at 10am. 20th and Vermont, Bungalow District. More information to come regarding that.

The fee for the tour is $5 per person. Gardner Museum members are free. Participants are encouraged to wear good walking shoes and have the ability to climb stairs as occasionally a homeowner will invite everyone in for a tour.

September 1, 2010

The Saga of Lincoln's Huge Ear, a story by Gary Justis.

Stephen Douglas presented Abraham Lincoln with a six foot sculpture of an ear of corn. Right here in Quincy in 1858.


Read all about "Lincoln's Lost Ear" from Gary Justis of Bloomington.

(Remember folks, it's just a spoof.)