Corynn Kuebler, 9, and her brother Connor Kuebler, 11, laugh and drink cream soda during dinner at The Corner Friday, December 6, 2019 in Rhineland, Missouri. Connor, Corynn and their younger brother Bennett each picked out a soda from the vending machine at The Corner before they sat down to eat with their parents and grandparents.
Almost every table is occupied during the dinner hours at The Corner Friday, December 6, 2019 in Rhineland, Missouri. Customers at The Corner are a combination of locals coming in for a routine meal and people passing through from Highway 94.
Photos of town during the 1993 flood decorate the walls of The Corner Friday, November 15, 2019 in Rhineland, Missouri. The building in the middle photo is where The Corner used to be located.
From left, Donny Hagedorn, Leon Englert and Steve Wehrle sit and catch up on a Friday night at The Corner on Friday, December 6, 2019 in Rhineland, Missouri. Before everyone had cell phones, The Corner was Rhineland’s main information hub. “If you wanted to know something you’d come there and somebody knew what was going on,” Wehrle said of those days.
From left, Jim Tapp looks at Wayne Hoener as the two drink beer at the bar Friday, December 6, 2019 at The Corner in Rhineland, Missouri. The following morning, Tapp would play the role of Santa Claus and visit with the children in town. Tapp has been the town Santa for the last twenty years.
Janet Wehrle picks up a tray of drinks Friday, December 6, 2019 at The Corner in Rhineland, Missouri. Wehrle also works at the bank in town. She picks up shifts at the tavern when they’re short-staffed or know they’re going to be busy.
Tickets with each tables’ order line the back of the bar Friday, December 6, 2019 at The Corner in Rhineland, Missouri. The Corner also has a reception hall connected to it for town gatherings, like when Santa comes to visit the children in town.
Night falls over The Corner after a busy night Friday, December 6, 2019 in Rhineland, Missouri. “Did you ever see the movie Field of Dreams? Well that’s kind of the way I look at this place. I told my daughter, you build it and they will come. Do a good job, serve a good product, treat your people with respect and I say they will come,” Jim Lampkin said. Lampkin owned the tavern in the 1970s and now his daughter is the manager at The Corner.