The name game: Flinn Stadium

October 15, 2009 2 Comments

Moline Dispatch sports writer Steve Tappa sent me an e-mail Thursday curious how Quincy High School’s Flinn Stadium got its name.
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To be honest, I didn’t know. So I did some research.

What I uncovered was a fascinating story.

The stadium is named after Bernard W. Flinn, a Quincy High School graduate who became president of the Rockford Life Insurance, Co., and died July 15, 1972, as a widower. Flinn had no children, so he left a portion of his estate to the Quincy Public Schools.

It was a check for $1,794,099.50, which the Board of Education received on July 1, 1974, and was specifically designated by Flinn to go to the school system’s building fund. Specifically, it went to building a new sports complex.

That complex is now known as Flinn Stadium.

The first game played at the complex was a boys soccer game between QHS and Quincy Notre Dame on Sept. 12, 1979. The stadium was officially dedicated in Flinn’s honor on Oct. 13, 1979, during QHS homecoming activities.

Dr. Augusta Webster, Flinn’s cousin and executor of his estate, was on hand for the dedication.

As for Flinn, he had a unique background.

Born in Watertown, Mass., on Nov. 19, 1887, his family moved to Illinois in 1893 and his grandfather farmed in Pike County near Griggsville. Flinn attended grade school in Griggsville and in enrolled in QHS in 1902. He graduated in 1907 and attended the University of Wisconsin.

After graduation, he settled in Rockford to manage a branch of the national accounting firm of Seidman & Seidman. He later joined the Rockford Life Insurance Co. and was chairman of the board at the time of his death.

Flinn is buried in a small cemetery in Pike County.

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  1. jim mcginn says:

    GOOD ARTICLE MATT, THANKS

  2. Matthew Cox says:

    Thanks Matt. Coming to the state football playoff game today. We are from Providence Catholic. I am fascinated about learning some history on Quincy, IL on the ride here. Appreciate the article about Flinn Stadium. We’re approaching from Pike County, so I can only imagine where Bernard W. Flinn is buried. Can’t wait to visit Quincy. Much more hillier than up Northeast Illinois. Beautiful country! Basketball teams are legendary. Good luck to Blue Devils football (after today). Hee Hee:

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