As was mentioned last week, Lengl’s Schaumburg Inn was a popular place to be.  In his book, Frank and Leona, William Merkle talks about how his family often made trips to Lengl’s when they were staying at their weekend home on what is today’s Spring Valley property.  This is what he had to say:

“Our favorite spot in town was Frank Lengl’s tavern.  In the front room a bar ran the whole length, and we could crawl up on the stools and expect to be given a small glass of bubbly cold draft beer.  The focal point was Frank himself.  He must have weighed three hundred and fifty pounds, was only about five foot six, had a shiny completely bald round head and a booming voice.

He lived across the street in a large modern brick house.  Frieda and Hanna were nieces and served as barmaids, waitresses and general helpers.  Everybody spoke German.  When we walked in, Dad taught us to say, ‘Vee Gates’ or ‘Vee Gatensee.’  He could speak a good bit of German, learned from his parents and we all felt at home in the tavern.

Weekends, Frank would cook a ham or roast beef or turkey or sausage and sauerkraut, and the dining room was filled.  He’d make sandwiches with a mustard with black specks in it, and german potato salad, and rotkohl.  There was homemade rye and whole wheat bread.  The food was outstanding.  It was a homey friendly place laced with the smell of brew and served as a social center for the locals.

Mom was vivacious and brought considerable life to the place.  Much later, I accompanied her there for a visit and Frank Lengl pulled a fat roll of bills from his pocket and said “Marry me, Leona, and you can have all this.  You’ve got such nice white legs.”  Mom looked him in the eye, roared with laughter, gave him a pinch on the cheek, and that was the end of that.”

The Lengl family continued to operate the tavern until early 1958 when they rented the space to Donald Little who renamed it the Buggy Whip.  It was also during this year that the local mission of  St. Theresa Catholic Church (that eventually became St. Hubert’s) temporarily held services in the tavern.

The Buggy Whip remained in this space until late 1963 or early 1964 when the Lengls then resumed operations.   After a fire burned the two-story porch off of the back of the building on May 17, 1976, it sat vacant until 1979 when it was purchased by Ken Koy and Jerry Trofholz.  They fully restored the building and renamed it the Easy Street Pub.  Since Ken Koy’s death, Jerry Trofholz continues as the sole owner today.  It remains one of the oldest operating buildings in Schaumburg Township and is still true to its original business.  Charles Krueger would be impressed.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library



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