Grobbel Family Reunion

A gathering of 4 generations of descendants from the marriage of
Anthony Bernard Grobbel (1890-1940) and Mary Anna Petrik (1896-1966)

Cedar Lake, Chelsea, Michigan
July 13-15, 2001

View an Outline Descendant Tree that lists
the descendants of Anthony and Mary Anna Grobbel
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Violet (Janes) Grobbel, wife of Donald Grobbel (1923-1967), and family.

George and Juanita (Hayes) Grobbel, and family.

Robert, William Grobbel, and families.

Carl and Gladys (Grobbel) Diehl and family.

Richard and Beverly (Parris) Grobbel and family.

Group Photo - Descendants of Anthony Bernard and Mary Anna (Petrik) Grobbel.

Anthony Bernard Grobbel was the third child of Franz Joseph Grobbel (1856-1923) and Helen Lathen (1861-1940).

Joseph was born in 1856 at the ancestral Grobbel farm in Obringhausen, Westphalia, Prussia (Germany), and he emigrated to Detroit in 1879 along with his brother, Wilhelm Emil Grobbel (1852-1939).

Entertainment by Stan and his accordian.

"The Sportsmen's Rendezvous Bar"
19803 Ralston Ave., Detroit, Michigan
Anthony B. Grobbel was the proprietor from sometime shortly after
the legalizing of beer and wine sales on May 11, 1933 until his death on May 8, 1940)

This photo of the bar was taken in July of 1987 by Carl S. Diehl, son-in-law of Anthony B. Grobbel

Map showing the location of the bar.

Anthony Bernard Grobbel owned and operated the "Sportsmen's Rendezvous Bar" at 19803 Ralston Ave, in Detroit. It was located one block south of the State Fair Ave. entrance to the Michigan State Fairgrounds. This building is the original farmhouse from when the surrounding area (including the State Fairgrounds) was still farmland. During the Prohibition Era, the old farmhouse became a hangout for "rumrunners". When Anthony purchased it sometime shortly after the repeal of Prohibition on May 11, 1933, he moved his growing family into the upstairs living quarters and began selling legal beer and wine at the bar.

Whenever he was in town, one of Anthony's regular patrons was Emmett Kelly (1898-1979), who is famously remembered for his sad-faced character "Willie" the clown. After Anthony's death in 1940, his widow sold the place to his former partner, John Faust, who then renamed it "The Stonehouse Bar". The bar remained in operation under that name from many more years, although with different owners, who claimed that it was "Michigan's oldest continuously operating bar".  It eventually closed in 2016.


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