Kurt and Gerdtrude (Trudle) Binner immigrated to Chicago, Illinois from Germany before the war. Kurt, my grandfather took his pastry skills and apprenticed as a pastry chef at the Palmer House. After years of service, they opened a bakery on the southeast suburbs called Maiers Bakery. It was in prime location next to the Homewood-Flossmoor train station.
It was a full-service bakery using only quality ingredients . Customers were greeted warmly by their first names, and their children were allowed to pick out “penny candy” in brown paper sacks as their parents ordered their freshly made baked goods. The bakery was a convenient “stop over” for the commuters traveling into or going home from the city. After 50 years of service, Kurt and Trudle sold the bakery and headed for retirement.
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