John Kerst Saloon In Empire

A crowd watches at John Kerst’s Saloon in Empire as two men prepare to square off. The photo was probably taken between 1903 and 1905, according to Mrs. Matt Leifeldt, whose uncle was John Kerst, at far right. Her father, John P. Gitzen, third from right in back, later owned the saloon which stood where the Empire Supper Club once existed.