archive-com.com » COM » C » CHANDELIERBALLROOM.COM

Total: 11

Choose link from "Titles, links and description words view":

Or switch to "Titles and links view".
  • History - Chandelier Ballroom
    on both the NBC and CBS networks Hal performed with Heinie and his Grenadiers and Carl Bergmann and his Cowboys collaborated in furnishing an evening of old time music Although The Schwartz had continuous entertainment throughout the years of the depression the ballroom was hit hard during this era In 1936 it was sold to Hartford Enterprises 1938 brought new management to The Schwartz J H Jack Yeo opened the post Lenten season with Bill Carlsen and his orchestra and Eddie Duchin Mr Yeo described The Schwartz as The Park and also introduced a new Theatre Restaurant feature which included some form of entertainment every night of the week except Mondays Little Jack Little performed along with Fletcher Henderson Orrin Tucker Tommy Dorsey and his famous Orchestra Edythe Wright Allen Storr Jack Loenard and The Three Esquires In 1938 Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians performed on the stage for a standing room crowd of 6 000 Another 1 000 circled the building and danced on the lawn Saturday October 7 1939 brought the likes of Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra whose Champagne Music was a favorite with dancers everywhere Admission to the show was only 50 cents plus tax until 9 30pm after the price went up to 68 cents plus tax 1940 once again brought new management to The Schwartz Ballroom Norbert Remmel and Senator Jesse Peters Remmel had managed The Schwartz previously Performances in the 1940 s included Griff Williams Skipper Leone s Deckhands Mel Pester His Saxophone and His Orchestra Ted Weems and his Orchestra with Perry Como young baritone and Elmo Tanner star whistler 1941 brought roller skating to The Schwartz The management of The Schwartz and Andrew Brault local tavern keeper were the promoters of this new amusement to be held every Thursday evening Music was provided by Rube Scholz on an electric organ Skating was from 8 00pm 11 00pm Admission was 20 cents and 10 cents for spectators A special event was held in 1941 for the annual dance of the Waukesha Local Musician s Union Sixteen dance bands and five strolling unites performed that evening to a packed house Hartford s 4th of July Celebration in 1942 highlighted the Baby Ruth Candy Bar Hunt at Schwartz Park Families were invited to enjoy dinner or supper in the park while being surrounded with entertainment including performances by the Hartford City Band prizes rides and more On October 1 of 1944 the end of the big band era had arrived Dancing and dining and the sounds of music from The Schwartz came to an abrupt halt During WWII the ballroom was closed but not empty Leased to the federal government it served as a detention center for 350 German Nazi Prisoners The Schwartz became Camp Hartford Capt Jos T Atkins of Texas veteran of 22 years in Uncle Sam s army would be the commanding officer of the Hartford camp assisted by Lts Aloysius Tierney of New Jersey and Millard France of Hawaii The Schwartz held prisoners year round expecting to exist for only a few months the camp housed prisoners continuously until closing in January of 1946 The prisoners worked at local hemp mills dairies canning companies and also worked on area farms that contracted crops to those canneries Prisoners also tanned hides at W B Place Company Inc It was because of these local companies which needed year round employment that Camp Hartford did not close The sixty three acre camp took over the entire premises of The Schwartz Ballroom and Park with fencing and guards surrounding the compound One hundred fifty double bunks erected around the perimeter of the Ballroom slept 300 men When the numbers reached upwards of 600 the Army recruited volunteers to sleep in tents just outside the side entrance All of the PW s used the latrines showers and laundry facilities installed in the basement of the Ballroom Camp Hartford was often described as a good camp the prisoners ate in the dining room and many guards regularly chose to eat with the prisoners because of the tasty German style meals served PW s often attended local church services received newspapers and listened to polka stations most of the time The camp also regularly offered to show prisoners two American movies each week A weekly news program Wochenschau and a main movie in English were delivered regularly every Thursday As participants of the English course the German prisoners would take turns translating to others throughout the presentation of the films A seven piece band and male chorus were active in the community each giving periodic concerts often performing in the community band shell Allowed one scheduled visitation day per month many prisoners looked forward to visits from relatives living in Wisconsin who traveled to the camp for the engagement The PW s remained and worked in the Hartford area until January 1946 During the first 11 months of labor approximately 250 prisoners working at area companies including W B Place Co Clyman Canning Co Libby McNeill Libby Belmont Cheese Dairyland Co op and Stokely Foods had brought in nearly 305 000 worth of earnings in 57 864 hours The prisoners were given checks at the end of their stay at The Schwartz They were paid 0 80 per day worked Rumors had begun to linger that the PW s had caused damage to the ballroom the opposite however turned out to be true The entire ballroom property had been thoroughly cleaned and repainted and put in as good or better condition than before the PW s took over The war had taken a toll on the thriving ballroom Limited acts would still perform however the attendance numbers had declined On Sunday February 10 1946 the Ballroom reopened for business with George Gordon and his Rhythm Masters Ray Miller and His Music also performed in 1946 along with Uncle Louie the Town Hall Band Berne Roberts Tony Groeschel and His Popular Band Red s Rhythmaires Joey Tantillo Tony s Revelers Ted Wayne Les Marose and Larry Everts and His Self Styled Music where admission was 1 00 much higher than the usual 0 60 In 1947 the Weiss Harmonizers Leroy s Musical Knights performed among many others There was dancing every Sunday and a Fish Fry every Friday boneless pike fresh jumbo shrimp and lobster tails were on the menu In 1948 Marty Zivko and His Polka Boys performed Admission was 0 75 The home and automobile show was at The Schwartz Ballroom in March of 1948 forty six Hartford businesses and industries were represented and several new cars were displayed Some of the businesses that were included in the show included J C Penny Co Krueger Studio McComb Gehl Sales Co Inc Ziegelbauer Refrigeration and Appliance Co Sears Roebuck Co Schauer Bros Inc W Doll Garage Baus Food Mart Poole Drug Store Reimer Dairy Carroll Cities Service Station and International Stamping Co Lawrence Welk played at The Schwartz that year as well Admission was 1 75 Also The Swiss Family Fraunfelder Hollywood s Famous Yodel Artists 1949 brought the likes of Sammy Madden Fritz the Plumber as well as Gordon Miller and Frankie Yankovic There was also an ad in the paper for a Wedding Dance in honor of Miss Doris Bayer and Mr Dennis Hefter with music by Tony Groeschl s Orchestra Everybody was welcome In December of 1949 a few weeks after Marty Zivko and the Polka Boys had played at The Schwartz Zivko returned to the ballroom from Milwaukee to attempt to rebook the band only to find a bankruptcy auction being held and the building being up for sale The Bohr Sales Company of Oshkosh was handling the sale and members of the board Hartford Enterprises that had been running The Schwartz for several years had high hopes of liquidating and paying off all stockholders and debtors The two hundred or so speculators including George Divine operator of the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee guessed at what amount the building would bring ranging from 40 000 to 100 000 Zivko bid on the building and purchased the ballroom right then and there He had a true love of music and if it wasn t for Marty Zivko the ballroom would not be standing at 150 Jefferson Avenue today He won the lot for the sum of 59 600 57 000 for the ballroom proper and thirty acres plus 2 600 for an additional eight acres along Hwy 83 and sold his accordion business to help with financing Zivko s plans for the ballroom included complete dining room service at all times and the Ballroom would now be available for rental for all occasions including private parties weddings and any other function The Ballroom reopened on Saturday January 21 1950 as Marty Zivko s Schwartz Ballroom Marty Zivko and his Champion Polka Boys performed with free admission By the end of the month Zivko had a variety of entertainment organized and advertised Old Timers Party Nights charity dances comedians free beer brewed and bottled by the West Bend Brewing Company and a restaurant serving steaks chicken chops and lobster The chef was William Brennan In 1950 Primo Carnera former World s Heavyweight Boxing Champion fought in a boxing ring at Marty Zivko s against Ed Bull Allen Admission was 0 75 0 90 for reserved seats and 1 25 for ringside seats There was also lady wrestling including Miss Gloria the Lady Giant from Buffalo N Y who was 6ft tall and 202 lbs as well as Cecelia Benesh a Newcomer from Czechoslovakia Tag matches were also featured along with Local Boys from Neosho and Hartford Other wrestlers included Pierre LaSalle from Montreal Wild Bill Brooks from Connecticut Juan Hernandez from Mexico and Bobby Bruns from Chicago Each time an affair was held at Zivko s with the exception of roller skating Marty would play a Mystery Melody over the loud speaker Names would be selected from those present and if the selected person was successful in guessing the mystery melody he or she would receive a prize Prizes included refrigerators washers radios deep freezers and a 1950 Chevrolet was the grand prize Some couples who advertised their weddings in the paper charged an admission of 0 75 for All the free beer you can drink to help pay for the band and the beer Marty Zivko knew where his profits derived from therefore shortly after purchasing the ballroom Zivko installed a new 141 foot bar to give faster service to its patrons Zivko s had a total of 210 feet of bar space He had a two for one night to celebrate Love was in the air at Marty Zivko s Schwartz Ballroom We have heard countless stories of lovers recollecting their memories of meeting here dancing here or being married here Wedding receptions have been a major source of income for the Ballroom throughout the years On December 19 1953 Maynard and Marilyn Roeseler of Hustisford were married and a 9 00pm reception was held at Zivko s Ballroom We were married at Bethany Ev Lutheran Church had a small dinner at the Lake Street Hotel and then had our wedding dance and reception at The Schwartz Jimmy Hartwig s band played we did the bunny hop and had lots of fun The Ballroom is a very nice place to have a reception Courtesy of Maynard Marilyn Roeseler In spring of 1954 Marty Zivko unveiled a remodeled barroom An original menu was recently discovered with other memorabilia Marty Zivko s Schwartz was shown on the cover Inside menu items included beer shorties as they were called sold for 20 cents Christian brothers brandy sold for 35 cents and scotch sold for 50 cents Plate specials included roast beef with choice of side for 1 25 a hamburger for 25 cents French fries for 25 cents and an ice cream sundae sold for 15 cents In 1955 Zivko gave up time spent with his own band and began managing the ballroom He began with polka and country bands but by 1962 it was clear that rock n roll was coming on strong That s when Marty Zivko s Rock n Roll Palace was born Big acts were booked like the Four Seasons and the Everly Brothers Zivko was also responsible for bringing in the likes of Chubby Checker Ricky Nelson Gary Puckett and the Union Gap a show which drew almost 4 000 fans in the late 60s the Association Steppenwolf Kansas and Ted Nugent Zivko s also became known as a haven for young Milwaukee drinkers The drinking age was 21 in Milwaukee County but only 18 in Washington County This brought thirsty young people who enjoyed live music from all over southeastern Wisconsin and beyond Susan Machak Marty s daughter remembers playing in the dirt tunnels that run underneath the lobby and ballroom area as a child She recalls old posters of many young actors at that time She specifically remembers a very young looking Lucille Ball Susan also possesses some army patches that were on uniforms from then that she found in the attic above the kitchen area Susan and her mother remember some of the bands that had performed during their family s involvement with the ballroom They can recall the likes of Six Fat Dutchmen Cousin Fuzzy Dick Rogers Rainbow Valley Dutchmen Frankie Yankovic Norbie Baker and of course Marty and the Polka Boys Also Sammy Kaye and his Orchestra Four Seasons Dion Bobby Vee Bobby Vinton Dee Rob Peggy March the Everly Brothers Brian Hyland Lou Christie Lonnie Mack Chubby Checker Bobby Bare Jay and the Americans the Legends Johnny and the Hurricanes Tommy Roe Johnny Tillotson Paul and Paula the Fireballs El Rey and the Nightbeats Rocket 88 and Conway Twitty Stacie Zivko Bierly granddaughter of Marty shares her memories of the facility I have a lot of great childhood memories of the Ballroom At the time I was there my Grandpa Marty lived in the house next to the Ballroom which he built and my sweet Great Grandma Julia Morgan Marty s Mother lived in the house next to the main house We lived just down a few blocks on Martin Drive so I would ride my bike over all the time During the days my sister and I had a blast putting on plays on the stage and making my folks Grandpa Marty Sharon great Grandma and Alice come and watch Alice was a sweet lady who cleaned the Ballroom for years On New Year s Eve we had a blast filling up Balloons for the big release at midnight They would hang all the balloons in the main ballroom and we would climb up into the tower and release them My Dad Bill Zivko actually lived in the Ballroom for many years before they built the houses My folks actually met at the Ballroom so they have a lot of funny memories I wish my Grandpa was still alive he had so many wonderful stories about his life and the Ballroom A 1958 newspaper article showed Zivko shoveling the snow It went on to mention that he and his wife and three children handled all of the cleaning cooking and minor repair jobs Zivko sold the ballroom in 1981 to Gary and Marion Wendorff who continued to bring in music attractions and use it as a reception facility They met during a concert at Zivko s five years before purchasing the facility 1982 an article showcased the Wendorff brother s entertainment list including Sierra Rocket 88 The Britins Big Al Booze Brothers Revue The Rage The Shivers Bad Boy and White Lie The Ballroom was managed by Clarence Butch Wendorff During the week the Wendorff s offered local entertainment with no admission charge including Whiskey River Spid Peeper and Southern Express Chuck Pierog sent an email to the Ballroom and shared a lot of information on the shows he attended here throughout the eighties and early nineties I was at a few of the shows and saved my ticket stubs Truc played many dates in 1973 and 1974 Steppenwolf The Guess Who on November 8 1985 Foghat and Wishbone Ash on March 29 1986 the ticket price was 5 93 Tax Included Robin Trower on September 5 1986 Uriah Heep and Black Oak Arkansas on September 19 1986 for 7 50 Nazareth on January 16 1987 Wishbone Ash on April 10 1987 Alvin Lee on April 10 1987 for 6 93 Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson on December 3 1988 for 8 00 Eric Burdon on April 7 1989 for 8 00 Robin Trower again on November 10 1989 for 10 00 Jack Bruce Ginger Baker on December 16 1989 Joe Walsh on January 27 1990 for 14 00 Blue Oyster Cult on December 10 1988 and December 14 1991 and Kansas November 8 and 9 1991 and 1992 Other bands that I have seen at Zivko s but don t have the dates for are Pat Travers Ted Nugent Jack Bruce Ginger Baker Cheap Trick Kansas Mark Farner Steppenwolf and others Keith Kindt from Hartford bartended at the Ballroom from 1980 1991 he then returned to his position in 2006 and works here today He compiled a list of bands that he remembers seeing during his time here They include in no special order Greg Allmon 38 Special Johnny Winters Edgar Winters Molly Hatchet Robin Trower Joe Walsh Alvin Lee 10 Years After Saxon Motor Head Sha Na Na Guess Who Steppenwolf Meatloaf Ron Lassel the Twin Bullet Band Big Twist the Mellow Yellows Blue Oyster Cult Cheap Trick Ted Nugent Fog Hat Outlaws Wishbone Ash Lover Boy Bo Didley Chubby Checker Tommy James Rickey Nelson Rick Springfield Doctor Hook the Medicine Show Sawyer Brown Future Joan Jett Burst Haze AR The Rockin Ricochettes Class of 62 Surf Boys Friends Ukiah Rocket 88 The Hits WR Kids Big Al the High Fi

    Original URL path: http://www.chandelierballroom.com/history.html (2016-04-28)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Contact - Chandelier Ballroom
    Rental Information Beverage Services Catering Services Other Services Photo Gallery Reviews Calendar History Contact Donate We d love to hear from you Name First Last Email Phone Number Comment Submit Phone 262 673 4946 Address 150 Jefferson Ave Hartford WI

    Original URL path: http://www.chandelierballroom.com/contact.html (2016-04-28)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Donate - Chandelier Ballroom
    the city of Hartford Wisconsin Currently the Ballroom is utilized year round bringing together families and friends from all over the state of Wisconsin and beyond for weddings dances charity dinner auctions social events and more This is a truly wonderful facility filled with decades of precious memories for people of all ages and we cannot be responsible for letting this delicate piece of history crumble in our hands Please

    Original URL path: http://www.chandelierballroom.com/donate.html (2016-04-28)
    Open archived version from archive



  •