The Saloonkeepers

sIt had long been my impression that the western Blongers were the rounders, while the folks back east were a bit more pious. Surprise, surprise.

As it happens, Mike Belonger’s son John, his brother-in-law John Braley, and his nephew Mike Dunn were all tavern owners, though we don’t know if they were all connected to Dunn’s Evergreen Tavern in Madison, Wisconsin. Mike’s grandson (and our grandfather) Orville “Chick” Braley was apparently a regular on the bandstand.

All three barkeeps were charged with selling liquor to minors in a roundup in 1937. Along with others, they challenged the state law that forfeited their $1000 bonds. They probably lost, as Dunn declared bankruptcy soon thereafter.

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