This week’s mystery photo will be a new series of faces that can be found on Milwaukee buildings. The face shown below is on a downtown building and shows a woman’s face above the shield of the State of Wisconsin. What building is this face on?
This week’s mystery shows a downtown building as it looked in the early part of the 20th century. The building housed Goodyear Rubber offices and a store. This building was located in the heart of downtown. The building suffered a major blaze in 1913 which killed eight people. Are there any ideas where this building was located?
This mystery view looks north at some older apartment buildings as they looked in the early 1960s shortly before they were demolished as part of an urban renewal project. They were replaced with apartment buildings and this was located somewhere on the edge of downtown. Are there any guesses as to where the mystery photo was?
This mystery photo is from 1912 and shows a busy downtown street corner. The nearest building on the right is the Hartman’s Warehouse and in the background can be seen the Hansen Glove and Mitten Factory. There are lots of wagons, cabs, buses and cars – obviously this was a big transportation center. Where was the picture and what was reason for all the people?
On this day back in 1926, Prohibition was in in full swing. People who wanted their favorite beverage had to find some place to slake their thirst. Luckily Milwaukee had plenty of illegal underground bars that catered to their needs. Karl Raatzch, who founded the Milwaukee restaurant which still bears his name, ran an underground beer hall just south of Steinmeyer’s store on the corner of 3rd and Highland.
Milwaukee Journal, April 24, 1926
Karl Raatzsch Saloon Raided
Federal Agents Uncover Large Supply of Beer in Place
Karl A. Raatzsch, proprieter of a bar at 310 Third St., which was known to thousands of Milwaukeeans before prohibition and has retained its fame since, was arrested late Friday following a raid on the place by federal prohibition agents. In view of the fact that no fear was entertained that he would not appear when wanted, Harry L. Kellogg, United States commissioner, allowed him his liberty without bail.
Before prohibition the place was known as “the wein stube” because it was one of the few saloons in Milwaukee that catered to wine drinkers, and it was probably the only one that catered to wine drinkers who could afford only the inexpensive wines. A huge glass of wine was sold for a nickel, and it was a common saying that the cheapest way to be relieved temporarily of worry and care was to go to the wein stube and drink a glass or two of wine.
Revived by Raatzsch
The place dropped into obscurity in the early days of prohibition, but its fame began to revive when Raatzsch took hold of it a few years ago. It has come to be one of the most widely known places in the city, and it reputation rested solely on its meals and its beer. Beer was the only alcoholic beverage that the prohibition agents found.
Agents had made purchases of beer in the place previously, and late Friday another purchase was made. The raid followed.
Beer on Tap
Two half-barrels of beer were on tap, the beer flowing through the spigots as before prohibition. The tapped barrels were in the cellar, as was the rest of the contraband seized.
There were 14 other half-barrels all ready for tapping. Each held 15 1/2 gallons. Twenty 15-gallon crocks and two 25-gallon ones held beer in the process of fermentation. Two 15-gallon copper wash boilers stood on two gas plates, with beer “cooking” in them.
There were also two 50-gallon barrels of malt syrup, six barrels of near-beer and eight gallons of brewers’ yeast. this is the first time that brewers’ yeast, which makes much better beer than ordinary yeast has been found in a raid in Milwaukee.
Here is a very old picture of a house that belonged to one of the famous Milwaukeeans whose name is well known enough to have a school named after him. His home was in the heart of downtown and has a historical marker to mark the location. A parking structure is now located on the site of his home. Where was this home located and who was this famous man?