‘People are saying, ‘‘We’ll never get an original Schroeder Burger,’’ but we’ll try to keep it the same.’
A long career in burgers and beer
Tom Wald, executive director of the League of Bicycling Voters, agreed with Martinez and said he’d like to see police crack down more.
“I understand that police have a difficult job and there are a lot of traffic crimes that they don’t see in person, but three citations aren’t very many, and I would hope to see more,” Wald said.
He said his main concern is that police continue to take the ordinances seriously and keep responding to cyclists’ concerns. stools fixed to the floor and a bug zapper Schroeder called a “skeeter catcher.” There were no fries, just chips. Fries were too much trouble. “Then you would have to do like the grease and the potato,” Grimm explained a few years ago.
A World War II veteran, Schroeder had gotten out of the Army Air Corps in 1946, then returned to Thorndale looking for work. “There wasn’t no jobs around except farmin’,” Schroeder recalled a few years back. “So I opened up with a bar and a pool table ’cause I couldn’t find me no job.”
When Schroeder’s Place first opened, it sold beer — no food. Irene Schroeder told her husband, “If you sell beer, you’ve got to have something to eat.”
So he began a career of making handmade patties every day, putting Velveeta cheese on top and heating up the buns. His burgers were well-loved around town.
“People are saying, ‘We’ll never get an original Schroeder Burger,’ but we’ll try to keep it the same,” Grimm said. “He had his own style and technique.”
Schroeder, who lived next door to his burger place, took Mondays off, but that was about it for leisure.
“That’s all he believed in doing was working,” Grimm said. “He was closed on Mondays, and that’s the day he would go buy groceries and mow his Sign the guest book for Gilbert Schroeder with this story online. yard. He just enjoyed having people come around. That was his life. He always said, ‘I’m not going to no retirement home or no assisted living. I’m staying right here.’”
Funeral services for Schroeder will be at 10 a.m. today at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thorndale. Schroeder is survived by his wife, Irene; son Dennis Schroeder and his wife, Sallie, of Hutto; son Galen Schroeder and his wife, Mary, of Pflugerville; daughter Julaine and her husband, Bill Grimm, of Thorndale; and sister, Anna Lou and her husband, Clarence Baca, of Houston.