To The Herald-Whig:
As reported by the Daily Whig on Dec. 11, 1892, the first appearance of the Salvation Army in our city took place Dec. 10, 1892. On the northwest corner of Washington Park, with two cornets and a concertina, and with singing and preaching the word of God, a group of five Salvationists attracted over 500 onlookers. The open-air meeting moved to the "barracks" nearby to hold its meeting. This was the start of Army work in Quincy.
The Salvation Army of Quincy celebrates its 125th anniversary year in the Gem City in 2018. To start the yearlong celebration, we invite Quincy and area residents, along with past members of the corps/church, to attend a homecoming-style service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Kroc church. Former Salvation Army officers who have served the local community will be in attendance, including Lt. Deb Doliber (1986-87), Capt. David Corliss (1988-90), Capt. James Frye (1990-94), and Majs. Herbert and Janeth Fuqua (1994-2000), and Capts. Amos and Cynthia Shiels (2000-02).
Come meet the former leaders, and welcome our guest speaker and Broadway "Cats" actress Carol Jaudes, whose special drama presentation titled "Three Bonnets" highlights the life and times of three female generals of the Army.
A freewill luncheon will follow immediately after the worship service. Seating is limited, so those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP to 217-231-5674 as soon as possible.
Capts. Mika and Grace Roinila
Congregational life officers
Salvation Army, Quincy
Kroc Corps and Community Center