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Sharon Sanders

From the archive: A wet tradition at the corner of Independence and Frederick

Posted Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at 12:00 AM


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  • Think I may have had a couple of Stag's there before !! And a lot of good times !!!

    -- Posted by Herb Glueck on Tue, Feb 25, 2020, at 9:35 AM
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    Calling the upstairs a "rooming house" was a bit of a euphemism since the rooms were used by ladies of ill repute when it was one of the most well-known places where anyone with money in his pocket could get a "date."

    It had quite a history, particularly since it was located right across the street from the city hall and police department.


    -- Posted by Ken Steinhoff on Tue, Feb 25, 2020, at 3:28 PM
  • The Herbst family had a history with the Central Bar

    Out of the past...

    Monday, July 7, 1919

    Print edition: Southeast Missourian

    Near-beer which is being manufactured by Appleton brewery and which is being sold in Cape Girardeau by Joe Herbst of Central Bar seems to be only brand of alcohol that appeases thirsty patrons, as Herbst is not able to take care of large crowds that visit his place; he sold out completely early Saturday night and had to close doors because he had nothing to offer customers; near-beer being sold is not intoxicating.

    Wednesday, November 26, 1919

    Print edition: Southeast Missourian

    Drought that has existed in Cape Girardeau since Joe Herbst quit selling 2.75 percent beer few weeks ago will be broken tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day; two saloon men receive shipment of beer from St. Louis by boat, which will be placed on tap; William Seehausen and Edward Frenzel receive beer and will dispense it at their old stands at corner of Broadway and Sprigg and corner of Good Hope and Sprigg, respectively; both men stopped selling anything stronger than 0.5 percent last August, when wartime prohibition went into effect, but now that federal judge has ruled that 2.75 percent beer can be sold legally, they have gotten back in the business.

    -- Posted by Charlie Herbst on Fri, Feb 28, 2020, at 8:31 PM