Memories born in a barn in Quincy
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:15:00 GMT —
Were you raised in a barn?
One Quincy woman can answer "yes" to that question.
There was only one place in the Tri-States for people who liked to listen to live music, dance, socialize, eat fried chicken and have a good time in the 60s and 70s.
"The Barn" was a popular hangout at 36th and State in Quincy.
"It was the place to go and meet people and what we really liked about it was we love to dance and we love to party and dance and just have a good time and enjoy other people's company," Shirley Moore said. "That was the place to be if that's what you were going out for."
Shirley and Mike Moore light up and smile from ear to ear when they relive their days at The Barn. They met there 48 years ago. The Moore's celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary this year.
KHQA asked the Moore's to name a place in Quincy today that resembles The Barn.
"In Quincy, I can't name a place," Shirley Moore said. "For us, there's just nothing in Quincy like The Barn. Unless you experienced it, and if you ever experienced it, there just isn't anything like it. And it could just be our age, I don't know."
Lori Courtney's grandparents, Al and Margie Reichert, owned the popular hangout.
"When people say were you raised in a barn, I can actually say I was cause that's where I grew up," Courtney said. "I find it funny sometimes that I'll ask people if they remember The Barn at 36th and State and they will always give me a story of either 1.) they met their wife or husband there or 2.) they got into a lot of trouble. They went there and got thrown out and they remember the bouncers."
Countless fans recall the fried chicken they bought at The Barn.
"Two pieces of fried chicken, fries sitting on top of a piece of bread to soak up the grease and a brown paper bag," Mike Moore. "It was a good late night snack. Nobody was too concerned about cholesterol 48 years ago."
"My great grandmother was the cook," Courtney said. "Everybody thinks there was a special recipe to that chicken, and my mother shared with me that it was more of how the prep work went more so than what the recipe was. But it was very famous in town, and as the nightclub would close, they would set bags of chicken out on the counter for a $1.50."
"I would've loved for my kids and grandkids to experience a place like that," Shirley Moore said.
KHQA asked Courtney what she thought her grandfather would say if he knew his business had this much of an impact on people.
"I think he'd be proud," she answered. "I think he wanted it to be a hot spot. I think he wanted it to be the talk of the town and to create those memories. I think he'd be very pleased."
The Barn closed in 1975.
By the way, in case you're wondering about the owners, Al Reichert passed away in the late 1990s.
Margie is now in her 90s and lives in Florida.