Robert Moore, owner of the Continental Club and widely known organist, died in St. Mary hospital Tuesday
morning at 5:05 after a brief illness. He became ill suddenly Sunday afternoon at 4 in his home, Villa
Katherine, 532 South Third, suffering a stroke which resulted in his death.©2000-2009
Bob Moore was one of Quincy's best known residents. His ability as an organist and musician and his genial
personality gained for him wide recognition not only in the Quincy area but throughout the state.
A son of Uriah and Ella Strausbaugh Moore. Mr. Moore was born in Rushville Feb. 9, 1908, and was reared there.
As a youth he attended a Chicago musical college and became a theater organist in Park Ridge and Chicago. He was
married July 25, 1927, in Burlington, Ia., to Miss Christine Moeller of Burlington and they made their home in
Chicago for 11 years before coming to Quincy 11 years ago. For a time Mr. Moore was a representative of the
Hammond Organ company and was organist at the Casino, where he was a popular entertainer.
Eight years ago Mr. Moore opened the Continental Club, a popular night spot. At about that time also he remodeled
for his residence the Villa Katherine, a Moorish castle overlooking the Mississippi, built in 1900.
Mr. Moore is survived by his widow and four children, Pfc. Bob Moore of the air force, and Marilyn, Pat and
Priscilla at home. He leaves also a brother, Floyd, of Rushville and four sisters, Mrs. Wilbur Knitter of
St. Paul, Minn., Mrs. Russell Kuehl and Mrs. Clyde Schulmier of South Bend, Ind., and Mrs. Chester Wilson of
Hannibal, Mo. His parents died when he was a boy. He was the youngest of the family. Three sisters reared him
and furthered his musical education.
[Source: Quincy Herald Whig, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1949 – transcribed by Debbie Gibson]
Bob Moore Stricken
Robert (Bob) Moore, operator of the Continental Club in the Hotel Newcomb, is in a critical condition at
St. Mary hospital. He was stricken at his home, known as the Castle, 532 South Third. Sunday afternoon at
4 just as he was preparing to leave for the club. Mr. Moore has been popular and widely known for his
musical programs at night clubs here for a number of years. His sudden illness was a shock to all as he had not been ill.
[Source: Quincy Herald Whig, Monday, Nov. 21, 1949 – transcribed by Debbie Gibson]
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