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Hidden in Plain Sight: More taverns line North Central Avenue

11:24 AM, Apr. 19, 2013  |  Comments
Ken Wood
Ken Wood
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Author's note: Part 2 about Marshfield taverns.

Before we move on and try to locate the 42 or so saloons in 1904, I need to make some corrections.

The bar I said was located in Hudson's parking lot should have said "in the parking lot to the north of Hudson's parking lot."

Secondly, an addition not a correction, you can still see the remains of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad right of way on the west side of the intersection of East Cleveland and North Cedar. A berm is visible running through the backyards to the west.

And finally, the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railroad did not run down Omaha Street but to the south of it. The street was named after the railroad.

Now, on to 1904. I will try to give today's addresses, if different, or business names as well as the 1904 addresses. The city's addresses were renumbered in the 1940s. The information comes from the Sanborn Fire Maps and the Marshfield City Directory for 1904. Both are available at the Marshfield Public Library.

Starting at 101 N. Central Ave., we find Louis Bauman's Saloon and Sanger Hall. It was located at the corner of North Depot Street and North Central Avenue. Today this is the location of the Kwik Trip station.

At 109 N. Central was Max Gerhard's Saloon, and in the northern half of the same building at 111 was Joseph Seidl's Meat Market. This building is gone and would have been just south of St. Vincent de Paul's.

Speaking of St. Vincent's, in 1904 this would have been Michael Steinmetz's General Store and would have been at the corner of A Street and Central not Arnold and Central.

The next saloon is at 301 N. Central. Here I encountered a problem. I have found two different owners listed, Michael Wagner and Peter Specht. Today, this is Kathleen's Place. Across the street at 302 N. Central, which today is Mary's Place, was Joseph Grall's Saloon, and in the northern half of the building was Nicholas Streveler's General Store.

On the southeast corner of East C (Cleveland) and North Central was another saloon I have not found an owner for. Today it is Jack's. Next to it, to the south where a vacant lot is today, was an opera house and dance hall under construction.

At 400 N. Central was Joseph Rebsteck's Saloon. Today it is T-Bone's Bar and Grill. At 425 N. Central, the second building south of East D Street (Doege) was Peter Bever's North Side Cigar Factory, one of several in the city.

At 500 N. Central, the northwest corner with Doege, was Michael Bartl's Saloon. Today it is the Spot. The next building to the north was John Schuster's General Store and, after a vacant lot, Max Bartl's Tailor Shop and dwelling.

To the west of North Central, at 114 W. A St. was the Park House owned by C. H. Doern. It also was a hotel and still stands on the southeast corner of West Arnold and North Chestnut. Later there was a photo studio on the second floor, which accounts for the large slanted window facing north.

Along North Depot Street west, at 113, was Ed Dumas' saloon, which brings me back to the correction at the beginning of the article and a good place to end for this week. Next we go off to the south side.

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