Dugar Music Co. And The Kasbar, 1961

This is a “best of the Attic” post, which first appeared back in June 2008. Go to the original post for some comments from readers about the topic…

This News Tribune file photo from late fall or early winter 1961 shows the Dugar Music Co. store and the Kasbar at 220 W. Superior St. in downtown Duluth. The building has since been home to Mr. Nick’s and several other restaurants over the years; it now houses R.T. Quinlan’s Saloon and Jalapeno Express.

If you look closely at the poster to the left of the Kasbar door, you’ll see that it is advertising the Dec. 4, 1961, closed-circuit telecast of a heavyweight boxing title bout between Floyd Patterson and “Irish” Tom McNeeley, as well as a second bout between Sonny Liston and Albert Westphal:

The fights — Patterson-McNeeley in Toronto, and Liston-Westphal in Philiadelphia — were to be “shown in about 150 theatres and arenas in the United States and Canada,” according to a pre-fight article in the Duluth Herald, which called the telecast “a first in boxing.” In Duluth, the fights were shown at the Armory; tickets to the telecast were sold at the Kasbar.

Oh, and if you’re wondering, Patterson knocked out McNeeley in the fourth round, and Liston knocked out Westphal in the first round.

Here is a link to a full-color image of the same poster (except for the local reference at the top).

To share your memories about Dugar Music Co. and the Kasbar, post a comment.

3 Responses

  1. jan montgomery

    I worked at the Karsbar for a few yr’s ending in 1960. It was owned & operated by Sam & Pearl Gallop. I was one of many waitress’es to have been employed by the Gallop’s who were very fair & enjoyable to wk for. The boxing community was also well represented in the atmosphire & even as employees. The evenings supplied live music both local & out of state musicians..On some occasions even entertainers who were appearing at the armory etc would stop in after their performances. Dancing along with the music made for some happy memories for a lot of residents in Duluth and myself as a customer & employee. My introduction to the fun of visiting the Karsbar began when I turned 21. At the time I was employed at the Norshor Theater and in the evening I would visit the Karsbar with a couple of friends. One evening Mr. Gallop approched me and said “I’m not making a dime on your attendance here–so how about working for me?’ ( I drank only water when there) I said “yes” and never regreted that decision.

  2. Michelle Mills

    In the 1940’s, my father was a “regular” at what was then called the “Karsbar” owned by Benny Karsner. The Karsbar included a restaurant and bar ( wiith live western music) on one floor and another floor with a barber shop, pool tables and a place to play a dice game. My father often worked for Benny, operating the dice game table. I was in grade school at Cathedral on Fourth Street at the time. I would often have something to eat “chicken fried steak” and mashed potatoes with limp vegetables) at the restaurant where a classmate’s mother was the cook and the waitresses gave me special attention…I loved it. Sometimes I would listen to the live western music and be entertained by, to me, the awesome musicians. A bartender even would let me wash the bar glasses!!! At that young age, about 10 years old, I thought it all quite exciting!!! A very different era then…

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