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BREMOND SPIRITS SPOTS

                             Bremond , Texas   1930s 1960s

           Growing up in Bremond, Texas during the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s was certainly a challenge for many families especially for the large (5 10 children) or very large families (11-18).  Most of families especially the 1st and 2nd generation of the Polish, German, Irish immigrants worked very hard on the farms without any of the  basic conveniences such as running water, indoor toilets, electricity, heating systems, and all the various compliances that have made life a lot easier.  Just preparing the food on a daily basis required everyones participation in preparing the meals, washing the dishes, sweeping the floors, feeding and butchering the animals, harvesting and canning of the vegetables and fruits, drawing plenty of well water and many other daily chores.   

            Everyone still had time to play or listen to live neighborhood music at least 3 times a week.  Everyone had their favorite beverage from a cup of coffee, fresh cow milk, homemade wine (berries, grapes, pears, plums), homemade brew, or some special white lightning and occasionally some purchased bottled beer.  To find some of the better brands of cold beer or whiskey, many farmers rode their horse and buggy/wagons, Model Ts and As or just walked to one of the nearby Bremond Spirits Spots to take a break, do some horse business, sell some eggs, eat a plateful of good BBQ (Sausage, beef, pork, chicken) and just have some fun in visiting with each other. 

            At least 38 Bremond Spirits Spots were located within 10 miles or 37 Bremond Spirits Spots within 6 miles of downtown Bremond at various times during the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s visited by many people from many places from this country as well as some visitors from foreign countries.    The map with most of the designated hot Bremond Spirits Spots during the Good Ole Days were:

A.     .Downtown East Side

         1.   Charlie Kloss   

    Willie Martin

      JRs   etc

      Dry Bean Saloon

2. Frank Kruneberger

    Steve Atomijzcik

3. Ed Samuels ?

4. Lee Groholsky

5.  Dick MacMahon

     Bill Yanowski

B.     Downtown West Side

6. Vick Kotch

7. Bill Polka

    Green Door

8. Louis Stachowiak

    Ed Bienski

    Floyd Mushinski

9.      Bruno Novak

10.  Kie Lucas

11.  Ike Krezensk

12.    Ralphs BBQ

13.  Ray Hearne

C.  Hwy 14 North of FM46

     14. Bruno Olexy Liquor

     15.  Frank Muzyka Liquor

     16.  Wallace Strickland

 

D. FM46 West Old Hwy 6

     17.  Elite Steak House

            Gertrude Yastic

      18.  Mike Kozak

      19.  Bremond Tavern

      20.  Louis Swick

      21.  Kie Duhr Liquor

      22. Bruno Novak

      23.  Tony Muzyka

      24.   Elkhorn Filing Station

      25.  Hill Top Inn  --  Lone Star Playboys

 

E.      Hwy14 South Old Hwy 6

26.  MM Caf

27.   Babes

28.  Ray Swick

29. Joe Kotch

F.   FM 2293 West

30.  White Eagles

Louis Kubicki

                  31.  Louis Cheherski

                  32.  Ed Budza

                  33.  Bloody Bucket    Stash Okonski

                  34.  Jim McCall

                  35.  Bill Wachel

                  36.  Lee Matalski

 

            G .  Hammond

                 37.  Marion Kwasnica

                 38.  Floyd Crouch

 

            There probably were more and certainly some had multiple name changes during 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.  

            The most popular beer brands were:

                        Lone Star         Pearl                 Falstaff             Pabst Blue Ribbon

                        Schlitz              Shiner               Southern Select            Jax

 

            The more popular whiskey brands were:

                        Old Crow         Southern Comfort         Turkey              Jim Beam

                        Old Forester     Old Taylor                     I W Harper      Old Over Holt

                        Four Roses       Private Cellar                Ezra Brooks     Champion Burbon

                        Old Charles     

 

            One of the more popular shot glasses used in the early days had the following measurements:

            0 oz  --  For Rabbit      1 oz --  For Ladies                   2 oz --  For Gentlemen

            3 oz  --  For Pigs          4 oz  --  For Jackasses (Donkeys)

             The more popular wine brands were:

                        Concord

             Besides the 38 Bremond Spirits Spots many families grouped together to make their homemade wine, home brew and some white lightning.  Some used the white lightning also for sterilizing their knives, placing on their open wounds, fighting a cold with their special (hot tottie) mixture.  Majority just had a good sip during cold weather or warm weather to get an energy kick they needed to loosen up and just get their sweat creating chores accomplished.  Looking back at the Good Ole Days, many people needed a stress release remedy to tackle the every day challenges of just surviving and living their daily life.  With so many chores for a large family to daily accomplish and  just survive especially prior to the 1960s,  it is amazing that many lived long and fairly health lives.  A story about White Lightning and Home Brew will be added to the Short Story section.

 

            Anyone with any changes or additions or old pictures of some of these places, please contact Gene Okonski or email armco2@sbcglobal.net.  Looking for some beer and whiskey bottles for old brands to take a picture.  Will scan or copy and return bottles and original pictures to owners.  Article to be placed in the OkonskiFamily.com web under the Bremond History section as Bremond Spirits Spots.  You can call 713-858-2048 and leave message. 

 

Rights Reseved.  Do not copy unless permission given.

 

Dry Bean Saloon

 
                                                            

            
                            Ralph's B B Q                                        Joe Kotch

 

            There probably were more and certainly some had multiple name changes during 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.  

            The most popular beer brands were:

                        Lone Star         Pearl                 Falstaff             Pabst Blue Ribbon

                        Schlitz              Shiner               Southern Select            Jax

 

            The more popular whiskey brands were:

                        Old Crow         Southern Comfort         Turkey              Jim Beam

                        Old Forester     Old Taylor                     I W Harper      Old Over Holt

                        Four Roses       Private Cellar                Ezra Brooks     Champion Burbon

                        Old Charles     

 

            One of the more popular shot glasses used in the early days had the following measurements:

            0 oz  --  For Rabbit      1 oz --  For Ladies                   2 oz --  For Gentlemen

            3 oz  --  For Pigs          4 oz  --  For Jackasses (Donkeys)

 

            The more popular wine brands were:

                        Concord

             Besides the 37 Bremond Spirits Spots many families grouped together to make their homemade wine, home brew and some white lightning.  Some used the white lightning also for sterilizing their knives, placing on their open wounds, fighting a cold with their special (hot tottie) mixture.  Majority just had a good sip during cold weather or warm weather to get an energy kick they needed to loosen up and just get their sweat creating chores accomplished.  Looking back at the Good Ole Days, many people needed a stress release remedy to tackle the every day challenges of just surviving and living their daily life.  With so many chores for a large family to daily accomplish and  just survive especially prior to the 1960s,  it is amazing that many lived long and fairly health lives.  A story about White Lightning and Home Brew will be added to the Short Story section.

             Anyone with any changes or additions or old pictures of some of these places, please contact Gene Okonski or email armco2@sbcglobal.net.  Looking for some beer and whiskey bottles for old brands to take a picture.  Will scan or copy and return bottles and original pictures to owners.  Article to be placed in the OkonskiFamily.com web under the Bremond History section as Bremond Spirits Spots.  You can call 713-858-2048 and leave message. 

 

Rights Reseved.  Do not copy unless permission given.