What is the history of the house at Sixth and Spring?

November 29, 2013 1 Comment
The Albert S. Meriam mansion at Sixth and Spring. (H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt)

The Albert S. Meriam mansion at Sixth and Spring. (H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt)

I have always wondered about the beautiful house on the northeast corner of Sixth and Spring. Who was the architect and what is the history of the home?

Many people will remember that building as the Daugherty Funeral Home. Jacob F. Daugherty started the business in 1876 in a chapel on Sixth between Maine and Hampshire. It moved to two locations, 619 Maine and 622 Maine, before it moved to 601 Spring in 1924.

Arthur W. Daugherty and his son, Arthur M. Daugherty, continued the business until 1965 when it was sold to Jerry Cookson, who operated a funeral home there until 1968 when he bought a property at 505 N. 24th.

One of the last occupants of 601 Spring was the late Buddy Walton, a well-known hairdresser-cosmetologist. However, it appears the building is now unoccupied. County officials say that the tax bills are being sent to Leroy Howard of Potomac, Md.

The home was built in the late 1800s by Albert S. Meriam, “one of the most prominent and widely known lumbermen in the Mississippi Valley” according to the Quincy Morning Whig. He bought thousands of acres of logs in Wisconsin and Minnesota, operated many sawmills and rafted heavy fleets of lumber.

Meriam served one term on the Quincy City Council and served as president of the board of commerce, but his interests up north became so extensive that he moved to LaCrosse, Wis., in 1890 and later to Minneapolis.

On Nov. 12, 1896, the Morning Whig reported that Meriam walked into the Commercial Club in Minneapolis, entered the card room and shot himself in the head with a revolver. He reportedly suffered from nervous dyspepsia and had been in failing health for many months.

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  1. Suzi says:

    So tax bills go to someone in Maryland…still wonder why it just sits. It’s such a shame!

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