Budin's Saloon and Hall was upstairs in the Tikalsky building

An Ohio couple stopped in The Times office last week to hand-deliver a photo of the Tikalsky building along with some information about its very early days in response to an item in The New Prague Times July 10.

We asked readers to let us know about their memories of the building that for many years housed the Tikalsky Store, at 121 East Main Street.

Dick Turek of Bay Village, OH, and his wife, Connie Suel Turek, both of whom grew up in New Prague, were in town for a class reunion. Dick brought in a photo of the upstairs of the building, which he said was a saloon and hall operated by his grandfather, Anton Budin. The photo shows Anton Budin at left, along with Charlie Vanasek and Vasek Turek. He also had some newspaper clippings indicating the saloon and hall were in operation in the early 1900s, and said the photo was possibly from 1908 to 1912.

The Times will continue to publish photos of downtown buildings, asking for people to bring in their memories and photos of those buildings. If you have anything to add about the Tikalsky building, the Dvorak building at 129 East Main Street or the ConAgra Flour Mill, send photos and information to The Times at PO Box 25, New Prague, MN, 56071 or email news@newpraguetimes.com.

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