Iula’s Cafe

My Grandmother was named Iula Violet and she was born in 1899. My Sister Julie and I believe she and my Grandfather (John Wesley) were bootleggers in the Prohibition Area (a period where alcohol was illegal for the younger generation). My Mother recalls moving around a lot and “funny stuff” in the bathtub. My Grandfather was a drummer (among other things) and I can just imagine them trying to make ends meet with two small children. This cafe in Santa Ana, still standing but empty, is one of the few childhood memories I have. The old counter with the bar stools and all the tables are still there. I remember Iula would take me there for pancakes, one of the few thing I would eat (the other being pixie sticks) and I believe that’s where she let me sip her coffee (my one bad habit). When I’m in the area, I make sure to do a drive by. It never ceases to make me smile.

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One Response to “Iula’s Cafe”

  1. cynthia elders Says:

    wow, H, I did not know that! That is cool that gramma and grampa were bootleggers.

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