‘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

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE -


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.

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