News: Curtiss – Early Saloons (1889 - ?)


Surnames: Olsen, Schroeder, Fischer, Janke, Boehm, Tonn, Newman, Fahrenbach, Hill, Peissig, Michlig

----Source: Olson Family Scrapbook

In 1889, Andrew Olsen built a saloon. Later, it was purchased and operated by Adolph Schroeder and also Conrad Fischer.

During the time Fischer owned the saloon, fire partially burned the building, 1910. Mr. Fischer remodeled and added a hotel.

Otto Janke was the following owner. Janke's Hotel became a social gathering place. The invitation to the Leap Year dance at Boehm's Opera Mouse stated, "Supper for $.50 per couple". This was served at Janke's dining room.

Other owners were Frank Tonn, Charles Newman and Wm. Fahrenbach, Sr. Wm. Fahrenbach, Jr. joined his father in the business. Together, they conducted the meat market which was established in the back of the saloon.

Fischer's Hotel, Janke's Hotel and Fahrenbach's Hotel all operated from the rooms in the upstairs of this building. When Franklin "Franz" and Francis Peissig bought the business, they converted the hotel rooms into apartments. The Peissig's operated the "Pit Stop" until 1975, when Hilarian and Betty Michlig purchased the tavern.



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