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Wilbert, Carl F. / History of the town of Mequon
([ca. 1990?])

Recreation


drink or maybe a cu'p of coffee and some home made coffee
kuchen and then drive back to Milwaukee.
When the automobile became popular, more people made this
trip to Thiensville on a Sunday, taking a walk up to the
dam, enjoy the scenery, walk back to the hotel, have a
chicken dinner, including coffee and dessert, for .35,
a little lter, 150 cents, and then drive back to Iil-
waukee.  -ome vwculd take a launch ride for about 3 miles
east and north from the dam for a small fee.   This was
oJeratea by a man named Wilcox, after a while by Max
Poeltzig.
kPublic maierrade dances were held here and were quite
popular and lots of fun. Mequon also became quite a skat
and sheephead playing town. Skat and sheephead was played
in a few taverns as well as in the homes. Many asociable
evening was spent by neighbors playing alternately in their
homes or 4 men meeting at some tavern and playing several
games of so-called Beer Skat.   Two losers paid for 2
winners, 2 beers or a total of .20. A game consisted of
16 deals. Large card parties were conducted by some or-
ganizations. Businessmen were usually asked to donate the
prizes.  These were usually held by school or church or-
ganizations and were well attended.
iBefore the Volsteed Law was passed, there were also sixteen
taverns licensed to do business in M~equon. At that time they
were called saloons.   Those that enjoyed that kind of enter-
tainment or recreation could avail themselves with that kind
of recreation. After the Volsteed act was rep ealed, there
were 27 so-called taverns or saloons available for recreation.


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