What can you tell us about the Koetters Mattress Co.?

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 19, 2018 12:01 am

Could you tell us anything about the Koetters Mattress Co. of Quincy? We are still using a mattress from that Quincy company for our cradle, which is very old. Both the cradle and the mattress have been passed down through many generations.

We weren't able to obtain too much on the Koetters Mattress Co., which according to newspaper archives was at 628 Elm.

The first reference we could find was in the marriage announcement of Otto E. Koetter and Edith Costigan in the Jan. 8, 1908, issue of The Quincy Daily Journal. The couple wed at the St. Rose parsonage. Koetter was a member of the Koetter Mattress Co., according to the announcement.

Most references we found on the Koetters Mattress Co. were ads, such as the one in the June 1, 1916, issue of The Quincy Daily Whig, where it said people could buy mattresses directly from the factory.

"We manufacture all kinds and sizes. In business in Quincy for 30 years," it read.

Other ads highlight feather mattresses.

One article from the May 17, 1918, issue of The Quincy Daily Herald mentioned that a mattress was donated for an auction to benefit the Red Cross. The sale featured the Illinois State Band under its new leader, Ellis Brooks.

Anybody out there have any more information? Let us know.

How can my question be answered? Just ask. We'll quiz community leaders, business officials, historians, educators -- whoever can tell us what you want to know. Submit questions to or mail them to Answers, The Herald-Whig, P.O. Box 909, Quincy, IL 62306. Provide a name and phone number so we can respond or clarify information. Questions dealing with personal or legal disputes will not be accepted.

Things to Do