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Can you find a photo of the original Methodist Sunset Home?

This drawing provided by Sunset Home features the original Methodist Sunset Home, as well as Charles and Augusta Pfeiffer, who owned the home. | Submitted Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 15, 2020 12:01 am

Is there anyone that has a picture of Methodist Sunset Home when it was only a house that was used as a nursing home? Who owned the house and turned it into a nursing home? I worked there while it was a house for patients and watched the rest of Sunset Home being built in different stages.

Thanks to the staff at Sunset Home for helping out with this question.

The drawing provided by Sunset Home features the original Methodist Sunset Home, as well as Charles and Augusta Pfeiffer, who owned the home.

According to "People's History of Quincy and Adams County, Illinois," the Pfeiffers were devoted members of the German Methodist Church, and in September 1889, they offered their home and furnishings to the St. Louis German Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church "with the stipulation that it be maintained as a Christian home for the elderly."

Sunset Home said the Pfeiffers had a "strong desire to provide care and shelter for the elderly," that they had offered their home at 418 Washington to care for several elderly people in their remaining days, and they realized that the need for such care was larger than what they expected.

The facility has expanded over the years, offering several levels of care, including skilled nursing, intermediate and intermediate light care. It also offers independent living including Sunset Apartments, 301 N Eighth, and Sunset Villas, 419 Washington.

Sunset Home remains affiliated with the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Do I need a driver's license to drive a bicycle with a motor on it?

We've touched on this topic before, but here is a brief refresher.

If the top speed of the vehicle is under 20 mph and the engine is less than 1 horsepower, it is considered a low-speed electric or gas bicycle. No driver's license is required, but the driver must be at least 16 years old.

The Illinois secretary of state requires a Class L license for motorized bicycles with up to 150cc engine if they exceed any of these guidelines:

It can attain a speed between 20 and 30 mph within one mile.

The motor is capable of producing 2 brake horsepower or less.

The engine displacement does not exceed 50cc.

The transmission does not require gear shifting.

If the four criteria are met, the vehicle is considered a moped, and it can be operated with a current, standard driver's license. Any bike with a 150cc engine or higher is classified as a motorcycle and requires a Class M license.

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