Menomonee Falls News: Sept. 6, 1929
A combination of circumstances, misunderstandings, bad telephone communication, people passing half-accurate information on to others and mangling of the facts in the process erupted in Lannon this past week.
It all began when the driver of a little Ford coupe, possibly under the influence tried to turn his car around in front of the August Gius home, only to end up with his wheels in a ditch. He then went to the Gius home for help. Mrs. Gius called the Lannon garage at 11:15 p.m., but no one answered . She then called the Louis Gissal tavern. It was a bad connection, however, and Gissal misinterpreted the message, figuring it was a car accident and possibly a fire.
Gissal then raced over to the Main Street fire station and rang the fire bell, alerting the whole village. The firefighters responded, and dashed off to the Gius home, only to find the coupe with its wheels in the ditch.
The incident attracted a lot of onlookers, who nearly lifted the car onto firm ground. So many people drove to the scene, including some late-arriving firefighters, that they created a traffic jam that took an hour to clear.
When the little coupe finally returned to the road, its starter would not engage.
Knowing Lannon's old-time firefighters, I figure that incident gave them a lot to talk about after they got back to the fire station and the village's many taverns. (Though Prohibition was still the law of the land, Lannon prided itself in those vendors of "snake-bite remedies.")
Cardinal Tavern opened with Louis and Mathilda living upstairs. Today the business is known as the Lannon House Tavern.
Dolly &Tom's Lannon House
Dolly Feldman, who owns the Lannon House
tavern near both quarries, said, however, that money had not
helped her when her new well pump burned out after only 19 months.
"I know my pump burned out because the water level went too low, but I can't prove it," she said shortly after Wednesday's blast.
Feldman said the water table had been four feet from the surface when she moved to Lannon 39 years ago; now her pump is at 44 feet. She said she received no financial help when she complained to the quarry operators about her burned-out pump. She said she did not complain to village officials.
Village of Lannon — Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputies took three men into custody after a fight outside the Lannon House tavern on Main Street early June 22.
The Sheriff's Department has asked the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office to prosecute all three - two 44-year-olds, one from Lannon and another from Milwaukee, and a 24-year-old from Menomonee Falls - on felony battery charges.
According to the deputies' report, the only independent eyewitness at the scene said the hostilities began when the Menomonee Falls man started arguing with a female bartender around closing time at 1:15 that morning.
Despite the Falls man's claim that another bartender, the Milwaukee man, had threatened him with a gun, and the Lannon man's claim that the same bartender had stabbed him in the leg with a knife, the witness said he saw no weapon, though he had heard some talk about a gun, nor had he seen anyone stabbed, the report said.
The deputies' search of the tavern at N72 W20202 Good Hope Road turned up no firearm, but did uncover a knife on the bar ledge underneath a rubber mat. The knife showed no signs of blood, however, only some cardboard debris, the deputies' report said.
The bartenders said it was used only to open pizza boxes.
The eyewitness - who, like the Lannon man involved in the parking lot brawl, lives in the mobile home court across the street from the tavern - told the deputies that the Falls man started the fight with the male bartender, and that the Lannon man had been arguing with the female bartender as well.
The Falls man claimed the male bartender attacked him, and the Lannon man claimed he joined the fight to help the Falls man defend himself.
The Lannon man showed the deputies two puncture wounds on the inside of his right thigh to support his claim that the male bartender had stabbed him.
The Lannon man's wife, who was waiting for him in the parking lot with their son, supported her husband's stabbing claim. Deputies reported seeing some blood on her right hand, but also reported that the wounds on the Lannon man's leg showed no signs of fresh or dried blood to indicate they were recent.
The Lannon man claimed the fight was preceded by an argument with the male bartender, who, he said, had told him he was the only one in the bar playing pool and not buying any drinks. The man told deputies that the bartender then asked his female coworker to get his gun.
The Lannon man then ran across the street to his mobile home, but returned to find the bartender on top of his friend, he said. When he tried to pry them loose, the bartender stabbed him, he told deputies.
The male bartender, who was walking with a limp when the deputies arrived, their report said, claimed the other two men attacked him when he left the bar at about 1:30 a.m. to go home.
The male bartender said the other two men refused to leave at closing time, 1:15 a.m., when he asked them to, then, after they did leave, jumped him in the parking lot after he left.
The female bartender then called the police, he said.
Sentinel (WI) -
Friday, December 7, 2012
Author: JAN UEBELHERR, [email protected], Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Staff
Lannon House tavern on Main
Street in Lannon at N72
W20202 Good Hope Road
Scott Birkholz of
Dobber’s, 20202 W.
Good Hope Road
Scott Birkholz of Dobber’s, 20202 W. Good Hope Road
Dobber's Lannon House