Not sure of the actual date of this photo, but mostly likely circa early 1940's.

Remembering The Hub

I remember hearing stories from my grandma and grandpa about The Hub. It was the happening place to be back in the '40's! According to my grandma, Colleen Eberle, "...whole families came and the younger ones danced too, learning...Bert (my grandpa)worked there parking cars, at first, so he could come in and dance later. After we were married, and he was out of the service, we both worked there. He parked cars and then took tickets later on, and then worked at one of the bars. I checked coats. Mr and Mrs Potter were wonderful people and we were all like one big family. Whenever some one was home on leave, during WWll, it was always a must to go to the Hub on Saturday night, as anyone else who was home on leave would be there and they would get to catch up. We would never have seen the big bands, being just country folks, if we had not have been able to go there. We had many happy times there, and always took my brother and wife there when they came home, as he always found old friends there too."
I do recall (one of many stories) my grandpa Bert talking about making up a new drink (the "Bazooka" as he called it) while working at The Hub. Apparently, the drink he made up was aptly titled because, as he put it, "..it knocked 'em on their butt!" He always had a smile on his face when telling stories of The Hub.
I too, have a few scant memories of The Hub. My dad and step-mom still live in Speer, a few miles away from Edelstein and would attend the Edelstein Church every other Sunday, and prior to it closing down, attend the Speer Church on the altenate Sunday. We would pass The Hub on the way to church. I vaguely remember going in The Hub as a kid for a church function or something related.
Young or old, I think anybody who knew about The Hub will have nothing but fond memories of the place. It will be sorely missed....

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