Today’s print column closes with a mentiion of Shanty Devlin’s.
As described to me, Shanty Devlin’s was a bar on the northeast corner of Archibald and Foothill in Cucamonga in the early 1960s. The owner was a San Bernardino man, Dick Devlin.
Perhaps the bar’s best-known feature was a piano player known as Elegant Ethel. She may have been in her 80s. She was blind. And she knew her stuff. She played the old songs, like “Won’t You Come Home, Bill Bailey?” As Wayne Leavitt told me admiringly: “She would really bang on that piano.”
On whatever the local radio station was in those days, Elegant Ethel would come on daily at noon to play a number. Her appearances were sponsored by First Trust Bank.
We’re missing characters like Elegant Ethel these days. Or if we’re not, and characters like her still exist, we don’t know about them.
Anyone oldtimers want to add or correct details about Shanty Devlin’s or Elegant Ethel?