Joseph Greshko's restaurant, hotel and bar
great photo (at left) that comes to us from Lori Germani Lupi and Vilma
Kish Germani, descendents of Joseph
Greshko. He is seen here standing in the doorway of his restaurant.
what Lori Germani Lupi wrote when she sent the photo:
I'm sending this for my mother
Vilma Kish Germani. She graduated from
Freeland High 1953 and lived at 445 Schwabe St with her parents Joseph
and Mary Kish. She now lives in Allentown. My mother is the
granddaughter of Joseph & Mary Greshko of 306 Center St. Business
that still has its name on the building. It is Joseph in the door. Not
sure when the pic was taken but he died in 1933. After his death his
daughter Anna Greshko Kraynok turned it into her beauty shop.
In the 1921-1922 Freeland directory, Joseph Greshko is listed
as having a saloon at this building in the 300 block of Centre street.
Apparently he also had a hotel or boarding house there. At some point
the Greshko name was
removed from the top of the building, see photo at right that was taken
a few years ago; I don't know when or why it was removed. It's
too bad, as it takes away some of the wonderful character of the
building. Ditto for the lovely decorations on the upper stories in the
photo at left, which were later covered by more run of the mill siding.
But you see in the more recent photo at right that the upper window
configurations are still the same. Wonder when that building was built?