D-261 and D-262

Owners: Theodore J. and Leona Mades
1940 Census: Theodore J. Mades, age 47, carpenter -           private construction
                         Leona Mades, age 46
                         William Leslie, age 20,     laborer - river work
Location:  696846   4282052  (the water plant on Highway 94)
Acreage: 26.04
Contract price: $12,000
 Property sold on February 4, 1941
                           Today: daffodils at the house site

In 1936, Tot Mades, a lifelong Hamburg carpenter, decided to construct a dance hall next to his family’s home in order to provide a local teenage piano-playing sensation a place to perform.  The Riverview Dance Hall was often the venue for performances by the young man who would later become the world famous jazz musician Ralph Sutton.  Originally the building was not entirely enclosed; Mades roofed only enough of it to cover the band.  The next year Mades enclosed the entire structure.  At each dance, dozens of hamburgers, prepared by Leona Mades and Edna Sutton, sold for fifteen cents; hot dogs were a dime; beer was a nickel a cup; besides enjoying the music, patrons could play horseshoes if they wished.  As many as seven hundred people would attend, several traveling from St. Louis County and the city to hear the music of area bands.  Up to 150 couples would fill the dance floor.  Admission was fifty cents for couples, ten cents for ladies, and forty cents for gentlemen, and each man had to wear a wrist bracelet to stop gate crashers.  Cars would be parked wherever they could be squeezed in, and law enforcement officials were hired to keep order.  Hamburg was known for several miles around as a place to hear good music.
The Riverview Dance Hall and the Mades home
Tot and Leona Mades
The Riverview Dance Hall