Wednesday, September 16, 2020
I’ve come across some interesting and/or disturbing articles today as I’ve been doing more research about local bars and taverns. For example, in October 1910, a man died at a table at the Lyceum Cafe. He apparently sat with his head resting on the table for five hours before someone was concerned enough to check on him. The newspaper reported that after ordering something to eat, he committed suicide by taking “deadly opium.” I have to say, I’m a bit skeptical about his assumed intent, but that is neither here nor there. I also found articles about a wildcat brewery that was raided and then two days later was destroyed by fire and another about the 13-year-old daughter of the bartender at the Hotel Rathbun escaping a kidnapping attempt. Not sure if these stories will end up in my final Out to Lunch presentation, but they certainly make my research more entertaining.