Answers: Questions about 54th and State, Bredeweg Road

Posted: Nov. 9, 2012 6:00 pm Updated: Nov. 28, 2014 2:30 pm


What are they building at the corner of 54th and State?

The Quincy branch of First Farm Credit Services is building an 8,000-square-foot facility.

Mark Wermowsky, vice president of the Quincy branch, says First Farm Credit has been at its current site at 220 N. 48th for 30 years, and "we need more room," he said.

Wermowsky, who has been with First Farm Credit Services for 18 years, said contractors started moving dirt at the 54th and State location a month ago, and he hopes the weather stays dry enough that winter work can be done inside the building frame.

"We were a little later getting started than we would have liked to be," he said.

Wermowsky said the plan is to move into the new facility "in July or August" next year. The Quincy branch employs nine people, plus "a couple of people who come in once a week," he said.

First Farm Credit Services, based in Normal, is a cooperative that lends money to farmers and people associated with agriculture, with 16 branch offices serving 42 counties in the northern half of Illinois.

According to its website, the association is owned by more than 10,300 clients and is governed by a 17-member board of directors.

Local members of the board of directors are Larry Fischer of Quincy and Rodney McGaughey of Carthage.

Does Bredeweg Road fall under state, county or city jurisdiction?

None of the above.

When visitors enter the Illinois Veterans Home complex off of Fifth Street, they turn on to Bredeweg Road. Because it's within city limits, it's not a township road or a county road. City Engineer Jeff Steinkamp says it's not a street or right-of-way maintained by the city.

Rick Gengenbacher, public affairs officer at the Illinois Veterans Home, checked with officials at the home. He said employees at the home have plowed snow off the concrete road, but "no one could tell me that we're responsible for the other maintenance (to the road)."

So who is Bredeweg? Or what is a Bredeweg?

Frank Bredeweg was called "one of the most successful and prosperous farmers in the immediate vicinity of Quincy" during the late 1800s in the book, "Quincy and Adams County History and Representative Men." However, no correlation could be confirmed.

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