What is going on with the beautiful house at Sixth and Spring?

The house at 601 Spring was built in the late 1800s by Albert S. Meriam, a “widely known lumbermen in the Mississippi Valley.” The carriage house on the property is currently listed on the city of Quincy’s fix-or-flatten list. | H-W Photo/Matt Hopf
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 26, 2017 12:00 pm

What is going on with the beautiful house at Sixth and Spring?

If you're talking about construction, it doesn't appear anything is going on at the house on the northeast corner at Sixth and Spring.

The carriage house at 601 Spring was recently placed on the city of Quincy's fix-or-flatten list. The program deals with blighted properties in the city by taking owners to court to fix code violations.

A 2013 Answers column delved into the history of the home. It was built in the late 1800s by Albert S. Meriam, who, according to the Quincy Morning Whig, was "one of the most prominent and widely known lumbermen in the Mississippi Valley." This meant he bought thousands of acres to log in Wisconsin and Minnesota, as well as operated sawmills and rafted heavy fleets of lumber.

Meriam also was on the Quincy City Council and was president of the board of commerce. He moved to La Crosse, Wis., in 1890 and later to Minneapolis, where on Nov. 12, 1896, he walked into the card room of the Commercial Club and shot himself in the head. He reportedly had been in poor health.

In 1924, 601 Spring became home to the Daugherty Funeral Home. It was sold in 1965 to Jerry Cookson, who continued to operate a funeral home there until 1968, when he bought property at 505 N. 24th.

It was also home to the late Buddy Walton, a well-known hairdresser and cosmetologist.

Tax records show the property is owned by LeRoy and Deanne Howard of Potomac, Md.

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