1978 Article about The Brick
B 16 M 33 ri 51 'The Brick' When You Get to Jonesville, You'll Know It By LYNN HAILEY Staff Writer There's no sign out front or atop the gray painted building, but you'll know when you've reached the Jones-ville Jones-ville Jones-ville Tavern or "The Brick" as it is called by many The decor is contemporary potpourri. potpourri. A collection of mugs and various framed and wooden signs with famous or infamous commercialized quotes adom the walls, in addition to a stuffed deer head and mounted fish, all donated donated b patrons Talk around the tavern centers on gardening, hunting aixf fishing, according according to Marilyn Woods, daughter of owner, owner, Pete Lucas, and sole employee during during the day. "There's been a lot of fish caught in here." said MrvWwJs. adding- adding- with. a smile, "and a lot which got away. Lucas, who 45 years ago started, but no longer owns, Lucas Brothers sandwich shop on Fourth Street Columbus, Columbus, has owned the Jonesville Tavern 24 years. "I'm not sure who named it," said Mrs. Woods of "The Brick," but the nickname was obviously coined because because of the material used to construct the building Meridith Beam, known as "Bee Catcher." says "The Brick" was built sometime jn the 1800s by John Ford, when wooden kegs of beer were brought in by horse and buggy. The original building burned, says "Bee Catcher." but was rebuilt, functioning functioning as a gas station during Prohibition Prohibition Some of its early, more famous customers include the Reno Brothers. "When we first started out it was all local trade," said Mrs Woods, but news of the famous hamburgers spread and today businessmen from Columbus and Seymour can be seen in the booths, where jukebox coin collectors line the walls "It has a good reputation now." .V . THE BRICK There's no sign outside indicating that this modest building houses the Jonesville Tavern, whose says Mrs. Woods. "Years and years ago mostly men came in here. Now women feel comfortable, nobody ever bothers them." The tavern really jumps on weekends. weekends. One customer pointed and said. "That bowling machine over there could take in a thousand dollars on a Saturday night." It's "wall to wall people" during Jonesville Days held in July, and during during the holidays "it's a zoo" in the tavern tavern that seats 50 Generally the good times roll at "The BrickV" "Anybody that comes here and causes trouble is put out right away," Mrs Woods said Politicians visit ''The Brick," re- re- fame has spread far and wide in the area. ferred to by Mrs. Jones as the "hub of the political center" in Jonesville. U.S. Senator Birch Bayh and Ninth District Rep. Lee Hamilton have been at "The Brick" and "most of the people who run for offices in Columbus come in here." ' "There's a man who used to come in here who could, double for Otis Bow-en," Bow-en," Bow-en," Mrs. Woods said. "Many times people have left thinking they saw the governor. "Regular" customers at the Jonesville Jonesville Tavern, of which there are many, are always anxious to share a story or a joke. One of the many signs behind the bar sums up the atmosphere at "jjThe Brick." It reads, "There are no strangers here, only friends we haven't met.