Wilbert, Carl F. / History of the town of Mequon
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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