By MATT HOPF
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Reprinted with permission from the Herald-Whig
Fifteen minutes after artillery fell silent on July 27, 1953, 24 notes on a bugle could be heard at the United Nations Truce Camp in Panmunjom, Korea.
Quincy native Bob Ericson, a U.S. Marine sergeant and the 1st Service Battalion bugler in the 1st Marine Division, sounded taps at 10 pm “to signal the end of the war and memorialize those who had fallen in the war.”
On the 60th anniversary of the war’s cease-fire, Ericson once again performed taps — this time at the commemoration hosted at the Illinois Veterans Home. Just a month earlier, he played taps at the Korean War Memorial in Washington while on an Honor Flight.
John Webb is a retired surgeon and a member of the Quincy Woodworkers Guild. John completed his first woodworking project when he was in high school, but it wasn’t until 20 years ago that he picked up his tools again and began making clocks. John has since expanded his project repertoire to include a cedar chest, a shelf unit and gifts for his family members. He is currently working to restore his childhood home by cutting and drying red oak logs in his barn.
Bucket List Ideas #1: Quincy Museum
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The Quincy Museum is located in the historic Newcomb-Stillwell Mansion at 16th and Maine Streets. The 1891 mansion is a beautiful example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture and is located on what National Geographic Magazine identified as “one of the most architecturally significant intersections in the United States.”
The mansion was originally the home of Richard F. Newcomb, a Quincy businessman and civic booster. Later it was the home of his son-in-law, John Stillwell who was one of the founders of the Electric Wheel Company.
The mansion features gorgeous stained-glass windows on all three floors as well as different types of wood, ornate fireplaces and hand-laid mosaic tile.