The Luncheonette



After reading about Ma’s Burger Pit and 5 cent hamburgers in Don Fischer’s book, which was quoted in our last Antique City Roots, I wanted to do some research.  This is part of what I found.

The Luncheonette Closes Saturday

The Luncheonette, popular eating place, will be closed as of Saturday evening, according to Mr. and Mrs. W. C. League, Sr., operators of the restaurant.

Mrs. League, better known as Maude, said a need for a long rest made the closing necessary.  She said the eating spot is for sale.

The Leagues have operated the Luncheonette since Feb., 1949, when they purchased it from Mrs. Bob Walter, who had owned and operated it for eight months.  Mrs. Margaret Rethwisch operated the establishment for 10 years before selling to Mrs. Walter, and has been helping the Leagues since the fall of 1949.  (The Walnut Bureau, July 30, 1953)

Services Friday For Mrs. Margaret Rethwisch

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 27, at Tilden, Nebr., for a former Walnut resident, Mrs. Margaret Rethwisch.  Mrs. Rethwisch passed away Tuesday morning, July 23, 1962 after being ill for many years.

Mrs. Rethwisch owned and operated the Luncheonette here for a number of years and also worked as a cook at the Annex Cafe.

J and L to Close

The J and L Cafe will be closed on Friday so that Mr. and Mrs. Lorenz Fix may attend funeral services for Mrs. Rethwisch.  (The Walnut Bureau, July 26, 1962, p. 1)