Any information on the former mansion at Sixth and Broadway?

This undated file photo shows the Bartlett Building, which was home to several families before it served as a home to the VFW, Great River Recovery Resources and Shalom Ministries. The site is now home to a gas station. | Submitted Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 24, 2019 12:01 am

I remember as a kid that there was a large "casino" in the basement of an old mansion at the corner of Sixth and Broadway where the Lampe Hi-Rise Apartments are now. Any info?

It looks like you are talking about the former Bartlett Building that was at the northwest corner of Sixth and Broadway, though it isn't where Lampe Hi-Rise is. The property is home to the 6th St. Mini Mart gas station and convenience store, which opened in 2001.

The home was built in 1837 by John Bartlett after a cyclone destroyed his home in the West Indies where he retired after making a fortune in England, according to a 1996 piece written by Quincy historian Carl Landrum. Bartlett went into merchandising on North Fifth before he lost everything through bad investments. The foundation was 4 feet thick and 20 feet deep, with all bricks made from his own kiln.

The building was later home to Charles A. Savage, a banker and lawyer, as well as clothing merchant Moses Jacobs, a clothing merchant and Dr. Maria Augusta Fairchild, who set up the Quincy Movement Cure and Hygiene Home where she advised "dieting, proper clothing, outdoor living, fresh air and the Swedish 'movement cure.' "

It later became the office for the Home Telephone Co., which merged with the Bell Telephone Co., which called the building its home until 1954.

In 1957, it was bought by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. It later housed Great River Recovery Resources and Shalom Missions, before it was demolished.

When it comes to a "casino" in the basement, The Herald-Whig archives show that on Oct. 4, 1972, the Quincy Police Department raided four clubs in Quincy, including the VFW in the Bartlett Building. Also raided were the Elk's Lodge, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Loyal Order of Moose.

The newspaper reported that the raids were conducted simultaneously with city and state police. A total of 38 slot machines were confiscated, as were several "lucky number" and punchboard-type devices.

The four clubs each received 30 liquor license suspensions from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.

I was under the impression that the Quincy City Council had voted to start sending water bills every month starting in May. However, this is not being done. Could you find out what the plans are for this?

The Quincy City Council approved the ordinance that would allow for monthly billing at its April 22 meeting.

City officials said one benefit of monthly billing besides spreading out the payments for customers, including those paying for garbage and recycling, is that it would be easier to detect a leak earlier.

Director of Utilities and Engineering Jeffrey Conte said the monthly billing is scheduled to start in January.

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