My grandmother ran Ma Brown's Q-S Bar in Warrensburg Missouri. For a time during Prohibition it appears that she ran a speakeasy on the same premises.
My grandfather operated a farm and a small hauling company (three trucks, hauling to MO, KS, IA, AR, and OK). Rumor is that he also hauled liquor during Prohibition, but no direct evidence of that.
My grandmother was going strong right up to her death. She taught me poker and blackjack, how to cheat at both, and why you shouldn't. I don't remember her having a lot of grandma crap around her house, but she always had a few decks of cards, some ashtrays and lighters, and this awesome old upright piano.
Ma Brown and Family "My grandfather the farmer, my grandmother the restaurant operator, and their sons, 1931" Warrensburg, MOfoggyepigraph
|Warnick Dodge stood to the East of Brown's and Harmon Motors was to the West. Warrensburg, MO Courthouse Square|
When the two young men got back to Warrensburg, Buddy joined the 52-20 club. (The government gave World War Two vets a 52-week pension of $20 a week allowing them to take a year off to recover from the trauma of war.) Buddy and Billy spent their free time at the restaurant.
Buddy remembers it as a friendly place where college students and factory workers congregated for lunch. Some people came in to wait for the bus that ran several times a day between Warrensburg and Whiteman Army Airfield until the airbase was demobilized. There were booths and a Seeburg Jukebox. A yellow cat named Seeburg greeted the customers.
Ma Brown's is now Old Barney's on the Courthouse Square. Notice that the top of the facade has been removed so that it is now lower than the building to the right of it.