Belleville in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Historic Garfield Street Saloon
Adam Gintz, the president of Belleville's Western Brewery, built a saloon on the corner of Garfield and Mascoutah in 1896. Successor businesses would continue to provide alcoholic beverages here for more than a hundred years. The earliest saloonkeepers, brothers William and Gerhard Hoelscher, were followed by some 20 other proprietors. Most of them lived in the building.
The saloon remained in the Gintz family until George "Long Bob" and Anna Wiesner purchased it in 1922. He had been the saloonkeeper in 1919 when Prohibition went into effect in Belleville, causing him to convert the business into a soft-drink emporium. It was shuttered for a time in 1927 when Wiesner went to prison for selling alcoholic beverages. After release from prison he ran a grocery store here. Legal alcohol again became available in the building at the First and Last Chance Tavern following Prohibition's repeal in 1933.
Subsequent proprietors included former Belleville police chief Henry Bilzing and Lillian Hess, whose tenure extended from the 1970's to the 1990's. A successful restaurant, Garfield's Bar and Grill, during the early 2000's was
Erected 2018 by Belleville Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 38° 30.638′ N, 89° 58.576′ W. Marker is in Belleville, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is at the intersection of East Garfield Street and Mascoutah Avenue, on the right when traveling west on East Garfield Street. Marker is mounted on the Historic Garfield Street Saloon building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 633 E Garfield Street, Belleville IL 62220, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gustavus Koerner (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ever and Anon Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Dorothea Deichmann Millinery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Romeiser Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Clair National Bank (approx. 0.4 miles away); Deidesheimer's Dry Goods StoreBelleville Savings Bank (approx. 0.4 miles away); Belleville Public Square (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belleville.
Also see . . . Garfield Street Historic Saloon. From the Belleville Historical Society's website (Submitted on December 7, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
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