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Leimbach's Hotel and Sample
Room aka Miller's Hotel
About 1904 Ferdinand Leimbach, who was a mason contractor in
Milwaukee, decided to leave town and start his own business. He came to Lannon
and built a combination hotel [with about 14 rooms for boarders],
restaurant/tavern and hall. He and his wife, Rosa [nee Falk] lived in one small
apartment upstairs [bedroom and parlor] and the Millers [his daughter Catherine
and Arthur C. Miller] lived in an identical apartment next to it, utilizing the
boarders' rooms for extra bedrooms as necessary. Arthur Miller drove a horse and
buggy each day into Menomonee Falls where he worked at the Held and Gumm General
Within a short time, Ferdinand developed Bright's Disease and
was unable to work for the two years before he died on December 17, 1909. Though
he was Catholic, the local priest didn't call on him since he was married to
Lutheran, Rosa Falk. He did become friends with the local Lutheran minister,
Pastor Albrecht. He laid in state in the parlor for several days, then the
casket was placed on the train for the funeral at Jerusalem Lutheran church in
Milwaukee, and his body buried at Union Cemetery, Milwaukee. His being Catholic
and having a Lutheran burial service created quite a stir in the mostly Catholic
Now becoming the Miller Hotel, the young children often helped
serving patrons and boarders meals, serving everything family style in big
bowls. Every morning at 6:30am hot buns and sugar rolls were brought back from
the local bakery to add to the boarders' menu of hot oatmeal, German fried
potatoes, scrambled eggs, toast and jelly, and often steak or sausage. Most of
the noontime customers were railroad men, but the boarders were usually quarry
who required packed lunches. At night the empty lunch pails were stacked with
the dirty supper dinnerware, pots and pans to be washed, then filled in the
early morning with freshly made sandwiches, cake and fruit. except for the
baker's buns and rolls, nearly all of the food was homemade. rosa Leimbach was
an adept gardener whose skill kept the root cellar bulging and the canning jars
filled. The "hotel complex" included many sheds where chickens, ducks, geese and
rabbits were raised for meat. They also kept laying hens for an abundant supply
In late Fall after the slaughtering was done, the family made
sausage using the butcher's pork casings, or pork sausage was cured in a crock,
even smoked, some made into patties. Rosa made an especially good liver sausage
which boarders loved for breakfast.
Cooking was done on wood-burning stoves though they did have a
sort of oil-burning stove on the back porch, but Rosa refused to use it
preferring her well-known and used wood-burners.
The Miller Hotel had a kind of motorized washing machine in a
back shed, and in good weather sheets were found billowing on backyard lines.
When not, they were hung in the hotel attic or basement, because the parlor
rooms weren't large enough to dry everything. The hotel was heated in areas with
hard coal Eisen glass heaters, though for the most part, the boarders rooms were
In 1923 Arthur and Catherine, afraid of Prohibition's
restrictions against their thirsty, demanding boarders, sold out and moved to
Newly discovered Lannon early baseball history
About 1910-15: [Arthur C.] Miller Hotel in Lannon, the former Leimbach Hotel &
Sample Room, sponsored a baseball team called "Miller's Colts". source: Rose
Gissal 1899-1991, Remembrances of Rose Miller Gissal, March, 1976, As told to
Kathy Pickell, book preserved by her daughter Pat Gissal Schmidt page 13. Copies
made by Sussex Historian Fred H. Keller in Sept 2007.
Note: the above hotel history also comes from the Rose Gissal
Panel urges review of condo
plan Complex proposal may be too dense for developer's site
Journal Sentinel - Thursday, September 28,
Author: BETSY THATCHER,
Journal Sentinel staff
Development in a plan for a 14-building, 112-unit
condominium complex may be too dense for its proposed site,
Plan Commission members believe.
Last week, Carl Trapp showed his plans to the commission,
which reserved taking action pending review by the village
The plans for Eagles Nest call for building the proposed
two-story, eight-unit buildings on 12 acres along Good Hope
Road just west of Main St. and the Whiskey Hollow
The two-bedroom units would be 1,200 square feet, Trapp
said. The plan also shows 308 parking spaces, including
underground areas. Private streets would connect the
buildings and parking areas.
"This seems to be an awful lot of buildings on one spot,"
commission member Walter Sullivan said.
Village President Terry Gissal agreed that the number of
units for the size of the lot appeared too high.
Gissal suggested the development have a berm around it to
act as a buffer between it and adjacent commercial and
The plans will return to the commission in October despite a
moratorium on new development in the village, Gissal said.
The moratorium, instituted so the village can devise a
master land use plan, is in effect until March 11, 1996. It
will take at least that long for all the reviews that would
be necessary for Trapp's plan to be completed, Gissal said.
Sullivan said he would feel more comfortable considering
Trapp's plan once the commission, in its land-use study,
gets a better idea of the areas of the village deemed most
appropriate for multifamily development.
One of the reasons the village is developing a master plan
is the advent of sanitary sewer service. Installation of the
system, to begin by the end of the year, is expected to
result in residential and business growth.
Dronen, who owns the Whiskey Hollow Tavern
on Main St., urged the village to blacktop one side of all
streets, to give drivers a break from potholes.
Lannon merchants bewail road impasse - Water project halted,
leaving streets unpaved
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Monday, November 11,
Author: LISA SINK ; Journal Sentinel staff
Whiskey Hollow is a Night Clubs company at Lannon, Wisconsin, United States ,
Tel is (262)255-9999,address is 20712 West Main Street.