Where are walls for the new Adams County Jail built?

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 7, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 1:55 pm

Where do they make the prefabricated walls for the new Adams County Jail?

The prefabricated walls were manufactured at the Midwest Precast Concrete in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Brought into the site on a trailer, they are moved into place by a crane.

The concrete firm made headlines this spring after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided the facility May 9 and took 32 people into custody on suspicion of immigration violations.

Mark Peter, chairman of the county's Jail Exploratory Committee, said the general contractor, Williams Brothers Construction of Peoria, selects where materials come from. He was not aware of any delays caused by the raid.

"If you look down there, all that is down there is that east wall of that housing unit," Peter said. "Everything else is there. I do know we did have two or three sections that were rejected and had to be reconditioned."

The new 75,000-square-foot L-shaped jail building, which will include space for the Adams County Sheriff's Department and the Quincy Police Department, will be able to house about 190 inmates. The total cost of the project is $31.3 million.

The new jail is expected to open in September 2019.

Recently to celebrate my 65th birthday, my husband and I went to Quincy to Gem City Pizzeria. Back in the early 60s, when I was a grade schooler, I remember going to Quincy to have my first taste of pizza with my friend and her mother. I think the name of the place was Luigi's or maybe that was the name of the owner, but I remember walking up some steps like at Gem City. Can you tell me if there has ever been such a place in Quincy or some early pizza establishments in this time frame?

There was a pizza place at 217 N. Seventh called Luigie's Pizza, according to a Quincy city directory from 1963.

In a July 7, 1968, article in The Herald-Whig, it said Luigie's Pizza was owned and operated by Goldie Musolino, and her late husband Louis Musolino for 13 years, before she sold the building in April 1968 to Herb and Edna Schnieder who owned Gem City Pizzaria at 2638 Broadway.

The new business restaurant was called "Gem City Pizzeria No. 2," with the Broadway location called "Gem City Pizzeria No. 1," which soon closed since the new location offered more parking.

The business was bought in 1972 by Jeff McClean and later moved to the northeast corner of 18th and State where it operates as Gem City Pizzeria and Mexican.

In the 1963 directory, three pizza restaurants were noted -- Luigie's Pizza, Gem City Pizzeria and Highland Pizzeria at 330 S. Eighth.

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