What was the Model on the Square?

The Model Clothing Co., which operated between 1909 and 1957, was housed in two different locations on the Quincy square. | Submitted Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 11, 2019 12:01 am

I lived in Quincy in the 1940s and don't remember ever hearing about "the Model on the Square" shown on this coat hanger. Does anyone have information on it?

From reviewing our archives, it appears the hanger refers to the Model Clothing Co.

Organized in 1909 by John Ohnemus, Herman Jochem, Henry Meyer and Fred Tieman, the store opened at 122 N. Fifth before it moved to 124 N. Fifth in 1916, when the company bought the building.

In a search of newspaper archives, we found a few references to "The Model on the Square," including one ad in the April 15, 1909, edition of The Quincy Daily Journal, a predecessor to The Herald-Whig, saying "Meet me at Quincy's new and up-to-date clothing store, The Model on the square."

In the Oct. 5, 1979, obituary of John Ohnemus in The Herald-Whig, it said the store flourished until it closed in 1957 when he would have been 75.

In another 1979 article, Ohnemus recalled his 65 years in the clothing business.

"He recalls selling men's shirts for 50 cents, socks for 25 cents and a suit for as little as $10 to $20," it read.

Even after Model closed its doors, Ohnemus assisted other stores along North Fifth's "clothiers row."

In my travels, the north side of Quincy especially, I continue to see lots of signs for slots everywhere. So how many places are there in Quincy with slots? It seems like they are everywhere.

The March video gaming revenue from the Illinois Gaming Board -- April isn't available yet -- showed there were 66 locations with 210 terminals that offer video gaming in Quincy.

The number of terminals in the city climbed after the Quincy City Council approved an ordinance that allowed existing license holders to increase the number of terminals from two to three and create a $100 licensing fee. The city also created a Class I liquor license for video gaming parlors, which required a $10,000 annual fee for five machines.

Initially when approved by the City Council in 2012, licensed facilities in Quincy were only allowed two terminals.

At the time the new ordinance passed, Gaming Board records show there were 50 locations with 100 terminals.

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