was there ever a restaurant or cafe i...

was there ever a restaurant or cafe in buckner?

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curious

United States

#1 Apr 10, 2012
On main by where the community building is today. I would say it was around the turn of the last century or the 20s/30s ect. Back when the coalmines were still around. I can't find anything about buckner from those days online. I know there was hotels and brothels from family but I haven't heard anything about a restaurant or restaurant/hotel/brothel that would have been on the main street. Surely they would have had a place to eat with all the miners coming in. Does anyone know or remember?
Old Buckner resident

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Apr 14, 2012
Yes, there was. There was also 2 lumberyards, a roller rink, movie theater, grade and high school, 14 taverns and many other businesses. At one point, there were 3000 people in town. There used to be a train depot where the cotton club is now. A man named Russ Browning can tell you more about the history of Buckner.
curious

United States

#3 Apr 14, 2012
Old Buckner resident wrote:
Yes, there was. There was also 2 lumberyards, a roller rink, movie theater, grade and high school, 14 taverns and many other businesses. At one point, there were 3000 people in town. There used to be a train depot where the cotton club is now. A man named Russ Browning can tell you more about the history of Buckner.
thank you so much!
Russ Browning

West Frankfort, IL

#4 Apr 18, 2012
The only resturant that I can remember in Buckner Il.
was Dubets Cafe and it was located on the north side of highway 14, amd just a little to the east of where Ragans is now. It was owned by sam and Anna Dubets.
Sam Dubets migrated into the USA from Florinka Poland in 1906. Anna Came from Miscowa, Galicia in 1912. Their son Harry Dubets was the one that actually meet the customers and took their orders and Sam and Anna worked in the Kitchen. A hamburger in 1941 Was 5 Cents.
Of course some of the Taverns in Buckner Rado's, Carseys, and Play house would serve sandwichs at times.

Russ
curious

United States

#5 Apr 18, 2012
Thank you Russ. What I'm looking for is a place that would be across the road from the fire station about 80 or so years ago. Do you know what would have been there at that time?
Russ Browning

West Frankfort, IL

#6 Apr 20, 2012
curious wrote:
Thank you Russ. What I'm looking for is a place that would be across the road from the fire station about 80 or so years ago. Do you know what would have been there at that time?
There were two grocery stores, one was named Pleshe's grocery store
Run by two women, Just guessing on the closing date but was about 1965. It was open and in business for a very long time. The other Grocery store and the one I think you are talking about was just to the east of Pleshe's on the same side of the street and it was owned by Joe and Sophie Grangrass, Joe came from Biocowece, Poland and Sophie came from Wisniowa, Poland but during the time I was growing up in Buckner (1934 to 1952)The grocery store was only a residence for Joe and Sophie. Their Daughter Mary Grangrass Di Canio Came down to visit them from Chicago and I fell in love with mary's daughter Jackie, and each year that they would go back to Chicago I would forget about her and then when they came back next summer we would pick up our romance like she had never left. The Pleshie store is still there but the Grangrass store has been torn down for 30 or 40 Years.
Russ
Dean

Herrin, IL

#7 Apr 22, 2012
Russ Browning wrote:
<quoted text>
There were two grocery stores, one was named Pleshe's grocery store
Run by two women, Just guessing on the closing date but was about 1965. It was open and in business for a very long time. The other Grocery store and the one I think you are talking about was just to the east of Pleshe's on the same side of the street and it was owned by Joe and Sophie Grangrass, Joe came from Biocowece, Poland and Sophie came from Wisniowa, Poland but during the time I was growing up in Buckner (1934 to 1952)The grocery store was only a residence for Joe and Sophie. Their Daughter Mary Grangrass Di Canio Came down to visit them from Chicago and I fell in love with mary's daughter Jackie, and each year that they would go back to Chicago I would forget about her and then when they came back next summer we would pick up our romance like she had never left. The Pleshie store is still there but the Grangrass store has been torn down for 30 or 40 Years.
Russ
Pleshe's store was still open until the late 70's I believe. At one time I remember Buckner having 5 groceries stores open at the same time. Mary Pleshies, Bracy's, Arnold Bogies, Miss Toth's, And the blind man by the Baptist church, Borrias? Now all that Buckner has is a bunch of bitter jealous gossips. Making Buckner a horrible place to live. At one time Buckner was a proud village to live in, most people was good neighbors. But not no more!
Russ

West Frankfort, IL

#8 Apr 22, 2012
Your probably right about Pleshe's store closing in late 70's I was in Detroit when it closed. The Bogies store was called the Red Store and the blind guy was Joe boris, but do not remember him being blind. you forgot Wards grocery Store which was alongside and attached to Wards hardware and filling station. I visit Buckner often to get my daily walk in. Don't know many people there but the ones I do know are about as nice as they come, but they are all people that I knew growing up.

Russ
Old Buckner Resident

United States

#9 Apr 23, 2012
I dont know what you are talking about Dean. Buckner WAS a horrible place to live and bring up kids. The ex mayor hated kids, fought with most everyone, except those she gave free water and other things to. Unless you were one of them that she "liked" you have your head stuck in the mud now. As for gossips, seems like I see you on all these forums gossiping. Whatever your problem is in Buckner, you should adress the problem instead of making statements like "everyone is jealous gossips". Are you the one jealous, or is everyone jealous of you?
Dean

Herrin, IL

#10 Apr 24, 2012
Russ wrote:
Your probably right about Pleshe's store closing in late 70's I was in Detroit when it closed. The Bogies store was called the Red Store and the blind guy was Joe boris, but do not remember him being blind. you forgot Wards grocery Store which was alongside and attached to Wards hardware and filling station. I visit Buckner often to get my daily walk in. Don't know many people there but the ones I do know are about as nice as they come, but they are all people that I knew growing up.

Russ
I don't remember Wards hardware store. I do remember Carl Overturf running a service station on the highway. Very few empty lots in Buckner, houses were every were. Buckner's new fire truck catching on fire, trying to put out a fire at the ball stadium, after Dean Thomas was smoking in it. The mind pond being drained to build a reservoir, fishing at the soaphole, that was a great fishing hole. That is about as far back as I can remember
lori

Harrisburg, IL

#11 Jun 27, 2012
There was also a restaurant where the storm shelter place was. If I remember correctly it was called The Lakewood. I'm thinking it was there very late 70's or perhaps 80's. It burnt once & they rebuilt. It burnt a second time. I want to say that is when the building that housed the storm shelter business was built. I'm also thinking it may have been built originally for that restaurant but that never came to be.
Russ

West Frankfort, IL

#12 Jun 28, 2012
Not sure you are right about the restaurant where the storm shelter place was, I have pictures of the building and if you want to give me your email address I could send you the pictures. The building was the Cozy Club bar and it was later named the Club Alamo. I have a picture of myself taken about 1938 in one of those 4 for a quarter picture machine. It says right on the picture Cozy Club. The date it was torn down I have no Idea, but do not remember it ever being a restaurant. Now they did sell sandwich's in the Bar But basically it was a nice bar With some good bands that played there. Russ

Russ
lori

Harrisburg, IL

#13 Jun 28, 2012
Russ wrote:
Not sure you are right about the restaurant where the storm shelter place was, I have pictures of the building and if you want to give me your email address I could send you the pictures. The building was the Cozy Club bar and it was later named the Club Alamo. I have a picture of myself taken about 1938 in one of those 4 for a quarter picture machine. It says right on the picture Cozy Club. The date it was torn down I have no Idea, but do not remember it ever being a restaurant. Now they did sell sandwich's in the Bar But basically it was a nice bar With some good bands that played there. Russ

Russ
I was born in 1960, so of course I don't remember the place you are referring to. My mother may have but unfortunately she passed away in 2005. I'm pretty sure that was the same location The Lakewood was at, but of course it may have been next to the storm shelter building. I do know it was a restaurant in Buckner. I'm just not that sure of the time frame. I remember it burning. I'm going to look for pictures of it from yearbooks & the library & see if I can find more info. I'm on a quest now.:) I'd love to see your pic however. My email is [email protected] Take care!
Russ

West Frankfort, IL

#14 Jul 1, 2012
Lori:

The email is on its way to you. I think if you would like further info, it would be easier to email rather than post at Topix, but its up to you.

Russ
Russ

West Frankfort, IL

#15 Jul 1, 2012
Dean wrote:
<quoted text> I don't remember Wards hardware store. I do remember Carl Overturf running a service station on the highway. Very few empty lots in Buckner, houses were every were. Buckner's new fire truck catching on fire, trying to put out a fire at the ball stadium, after Dean Thomas was smoking in it. The mind pond being drained to build a reservoir, fishing at the soaphole, that was a great fishing hole. That is about as far back as I can remember
Dean: The place you are reffering to was Ward's gas station and hardware store, then Carl took over much later, The soap hole was named that because all of the soapy water from the old ben mine # 14 shower house was diverted to the swamp or slash as we called it and they then named it soap hole, been called that for 90 years.
Russ
old Buckner resident

Lenexa, KS

#16 Jul 7, 2012
Lori, you are correct about the Lakewood. It was owned by a woman named Sis Tadeschi, who lived west of the place in a house that is now a trailer, just by the old Sportsmans tavern. It was in operation in 1979 to about 1984. It did burn twice. It was then bought by Raymond Furlow who tore down the burnt structure and put up Furlow hydraulics, who then leased it to Scott Ingoldsby for the storm shelter. Once SI storm shelter left, it was rented for storage and then eventually sold to Christopher Concrete. They tore down the white block building next to it and are now about to open a package liqour store in between where the lakewood(storm sheler property) and old white block building (club 14).
Dean

Marion, IL

#17 Jul 7, 2012
Wanda Staley has a small sandwich and soup shop, at the Buckner motel for a couple of years in the early 70's.

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