Schnock's Hall drawing by Dave Birskovich.
Deep in the heart of Mckinley Heights was a business
that was a major social center for generations. It was named The
Lake View Tavern, but we called it Schnock’s Hall after
the Pshsnychniac family that lived there and owned the
business. The building still exists . It is at the corner of Carl
Street and Bianco Avenue. There is a bar and dance hall on the
first floor and living quarters on the second. During my parent’s
generation, it was popular with the locals .
Many people in the Heights, were born and raised
here and all seem to get along so it was like a constant reunion.
My grandparents lived across the street. My Aunt Libby remembers,
that as a young girl, she would sit on her porch and watch people
come out onto the hall’s porch to smoke. They would often
fall off of the porch, because it had no safety railing. My Aunt
found this to be very amusing. The Heights can be a funny place.
During my generation, the bar business had pretty
much disappeared. Only Mrs. Pshsnychniac and her daughter, Jenny,
whom we called Ganka, lived there. The hall continued to remain
socially important. Whenever, anyone in the neighborhood got married,
they either had their reception at the hall, or, after the reception
was over at the other place, they would gather at the Schnock’s.
Neighbors from all around came, bringing their accordions with
them. We would party and dance until sunrise.
One band, made up of Danny Rohan on
trumpet, Mike Psznick, a grandson, on accordion and me
on drums, often played here. The hall is vacant now. It has new
owners. Hopefully, I will meet them and we will become good friends.
My drawing does not depict any wedding in particular. The cars
are all Packards of course.
— David Birskovich, March 2023