MissPres is on vacation this week, but we’re sending postcards back from Mississippi’s past.
Felix Weidmann, a native of Zurich, Switzerland, settled in Meridian in the latter part of 1869, establishing “Weidmann’s Tavern,” which he operated until his death in 1887. The business has passed thru three generations of Weidmanns, now being operated by Henry A. Weidmann, who succeeded his father, Philip, upon his death in 1927.
many good meals at weidmann’s in my youth–it was the ‘right distance’ by car from hattiesburg to anywhere northeast–in ms, al or further–for lunch.
this post ‘forced’ me to go online and see the current status of weidmann’s, since i knew that there had been some changes over the years. no, not in the family any more, but still going and ‘going’ with a reverence for a lot of the past dishes—- the menu made me very hungry, a nice website.
and, in the ‘more local history’ category, i have discovered an image of railroad street, between front street and short streets, in hattiesburg, ca 1910, and, in this group of late 19th commercial buildings, there is a ‘hotel weidmann’! i wonder if there is any connection between the owners of this place and the meridian weidmann family? yes, there are certainly the railroad links between the two cities, but, was ‘weidmann’ a common name at the time? can’t seem to find any more information on the hotel on the net, but haven’t stopped looking. interestingly, i suspect the ‘real focus’ of the image was the hotel’s next door neighbor, the photographic studio of d. b. henley, an early photographer in hattiesburg.
That area was my earliest stomping grounds. Remember the Rose Theater and those Norway Rats? But what can you expect for ten-cents admission charge.
And this from New Orleans on D. B. Henley, an early Hattiesburg, Mississippi photographer.
BTW, the R. C. Small connections to Hattiesburg Weidmann Cafe: Both Small and E. C. Polk are listed as Members of the Board FNB of Hattiesbur.
Hotel Weidmann too!