German House – 1892. William Stephani stands behind his bar. He had been in the tavern business since the 1870s at various locations including 315 S. 8th. By 1915 the business was known as the Stephani Cafe and was operated by Oscar Belinski. This image cannot be copied or reproduced without the written permission of the Manitowoc Public Library.
J.A. Hamel Saloon – 1909. This street scene is looking north on S. 8th St. The building is the second on the right after the two awnings.
Pete Thielen’s Cafe & Park Grill – Friday, April 20, 1934 – Ad. Image used by permission of Herald Times Reporter/Gannett.com
5 O’Clock Club – December 2, 1938. Ad – Manitowoc Sun-Messenger.
Milt’s 5 O’clock Club – Wednesday, December 31, 1941 – ad. This ad appeared in the Manitowoc Sun-Messenger.
Five O’Clock Club – Sept. 3rd, 1948. If you look under the Hotel sign you can see a Blatz sign overhanging the street. Attached to the building is a bar sign. This was taken during the Washington St. widening project by the city engineer’s office.
Five O’Clock Club – circa 1940’s. Photo courtesy of Michael Novak & Teresa Marker
5 O’Clock Club – circa 1940s. Matchbook, front.
5 O’Clock Club – Matchbook, back.
Gay Bar – Saturday, January 31, 1953. Before Ray Vassilew went to his own bar (The Barn – 705 Chicago – later to become the Music Bar), his old place, Gordon Barner’s Gay Bar, gave him a send off.
Gay Bar – Tuesday, June 14, 1955. Gordon Barner hosted an auction before moving to his new location at 1208 Washington St. Ad courtesy of Herald Times Reporter/Gannett.com.
939 S. 8th St.
Rasputin’s – circa 1982 sign. Photo courtesy of Matthew Tykac.