Buildings on the west side of Liberty Street were constructed by harness makers, Adam and Anton Schaeberle, along with German masons.
John G. Laubengayer opened a flour and feed store.
John Berger opened a saloon called “The Bismark.”
The business was sold to William Seagert, who dodged Prohibition by selling home brewing products, “near beer” and bitters.
The property was sold to Richard Kearns and became known as “The Union Bar.”
George Merkel sold the bar, named “Merkel’s Friendly Corner” to Jerry Pawlicki.
Jerry Pawlicki undertook an extensive renovation of the bar, building the bar, bar cabinets, tables and booths himself. He laid the hardwood floor and preserved the original tin ceiling. Upon reopening, the bar was christened the “Old Town Tavern.”
The business was passed to Jerry’s sons, Chris and Steve.