Empire Theater

18th Street & Washington Street,
Two Rivers, WI 54241

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EMPIRE Theatre; Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

John Joseph Tadych, a prominent businessman in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, was born in New York state on May 15, 1866, a son of Paul and Josephine Borsesky Tadych, who’d moved to Two Rivers that same year. Paul Tadych was a brick moulder who also worked in a sawmill for four years, then bought eighty acres of wild land, built a 14'x20' two-room log cabin and a log barn. He cleared his land with an ox team, bought eighty acres more, and carried on until his death at 80 on August 27, 1903. Josephine had passed at 58 on May 2, 1884, aged fifty-eight years, one month, thirteen days.

Their son John Joseph Tadych was a mechanic for thirteen years, then bought and ran the Washington House Hotel at Seventeenth Street and Washington Street for eleven years, then sold it to build the Empire Block with its buffet, pharmacy, confectionery, barber shop, novelty store and the Empire Theater. The second floor contained a dwelling and lodge hall. In 1887 he married to Julia Schikoski of Chicago; they had six children. John was also an alderman and a member of the board of county supervisors.

Contributed by Lou Rugani
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