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Stratford centennial
(1891-1991)

Businesses of yesterday,   pp. 185-218


Page 197

The Stratford
Opera House
Photo courtesy of Paul Untiet
The Stratford Opera House was orginally located where the Village Hall is
today. It was moved to Second Street sometime prior to 1910. It was the sight of
much of Stratford's entertainment. Minstrel groups and traveling play groups would
come to Stratford to put on presentations.
It is mentioned in many accounts of weddings as being the location of the
wedding dances. The dances were held upstairs.
From Stratford Journal, June 20, 1919:
New Management in Opera House
Geo. Rifleman andP. J. Ladron have leased the Stratford Opera House and have
taken charge. Their idea seems to be that anything that is worth doing is worth doing
well and want to carry out this idea in their undertaking by giving the people of this
locality the very best possible in movies.
Jaeger's Bar
DANCE
Tonight at Jaegers Hall
Sept. 21--Pete Webers
Sept. 24--Shooting match
and dance at
Herman Reichert's
SATURDAY
NIGHT!
Harry J. Earle
PRESENTS
"A Happy Night
in Dixie"_
Merry Musical Mixup
A Show Above
the Average
CLEAN-CLEVER-CLASSY
SPECIAL SCENERY
PRETTY GIRLS
Dixieland's
Dandiest
Dancing
Dandies
Opera House
Stratford
Saturday,Aug. 21',
Another popular Stratford gathering place
for many years was Jaeger's Bar. The bar was pur-
chased in 1915. At that time it was known as
Jaeger & Sons Tavern and was run by John Jaeger
and his son, Arnold.
In 1939 the Jaeger's installed a Frigidaire
locker system. It contained 114 lockers capable of
storing 300 pounds of meat.
For many years Jaeger's hosted the Skat Sec-
tional Tournaments. Skat players from all over
the area would gather to show their skill at the
popular card game.
The tavern still looks the same. It is closed to
the public.


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