Elmblad’s history page serves up two views of ‘Central Cafe’

Clyde Elmblad, Jr. of L’Anse tapped his extensive collection of historic Baraga County photos to provide these two views of the Central Café and Bar on Main Street in L’Anse. The photo above is from the 1910’s, when the café was known as “Kent’s Lunch.” Below is the Central Café and Bar as it appeared in a color slide shot July 4th, 1954. Joe Brazeau of L’Anse had unearthed a menu from the diner 35 years ago that was reproduced in the Nov. 7, 2007 issue of the L’Anse Sentinel. Readers were asked to supply more information if possible, and Elmblad kindly replied. “I found the scene from the 1910’s on e-bay, believe it or not,” Elmblad said. “Bill Menge, Jr. gave me the colored slide to scan a couple of years a go. He’d gotten it from somebody else.” Elmblad has developed a web site at www.highway41north.com that provides “A Photo History of Baraga County.” UP authors Larry Chabot and Fred Rydholm have turned to the site for their books, and Elmblad is pleased to hear that teachers also access his site in their classrooms. “What really gets me, is when you get kids in school using the web site,” Elmblad said. “My nurse asked about it, and said they’re using it to teach kids UP history in her son’s junior high class.”