Interview with Louis Joseph Flamm, Mary Ann Rehling Flamm, November 26, 2017

Project: Over-the-Rhine Museum: Community Voices Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Louis Flamm and Mary Ann Flamm share the story of their family’s lives in and around Over-the-Rhine from the late nineteenth century until after World War II. Their narrative centers on the Flamm Cafe and Saloon founded by Louis’ German immigrant grandfather Blasius Flamm. The Flamm Cafe later moved to a four story building at Elder and McMicken that was run by his father and his siblings that was also home for the Flamm extended family. Mary Ann describes the living conditions of the family during her youth, and the death of her father by a truck. Louis describes the work roles of each member of the family, the impact of prohibition on their lives and when ‘beer came back.’ He also talks about his education at St. Francis Seraph School while growing up and the dense tight knit community in which he was raised. He shares details of the many shops in the area and the daily rounds of work and family and judges that it was good life full of good memories.

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2023oh0003_otr0002

Interviewee Name

Louis Joseph Flamm

Mary Ann Rehling Flamm

Interviewer Name

Nick Swartsell

Interview Date

2017-11-26

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Flamm, Louis Joseph Interview by Nick Swartsell. 26 Nov. 2017. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Flamm, L.J. (2017, November 26). Interview by N. Swartsell. Over-the-Rhine Museum: Community Voices Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Flamm, Louis Joseph, interview by Nick Swartsell. November 26, 2017, Over-the-Rhine Museum: Community Voices Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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