Gandyra's Harness Shop on Maine and Laurel was a favorite 'dropping-in'
place for the old-timers. To name a few, there were J. L. Laws, George
Nelson, Frank Jones, Joe Schiller, and Otto Marcks. They discussed
politics, psychology, religion, and farm problems. Mr. Gandyra was
listened to with respect on German affairs as he was a member of the
German Army from 1887 to 1890 and served under three Kaisers; the old
Emperor William, who died in 1888; then Kaiser Frederick, who ruled only
90 days; and finally Kaiser Wilhelm. They called themselves the Lakeside
Philosophers Club. There were no regular membership, no dues, no fees,
no standard meeting time - just 'drop-in.'