I really enjoy The Gazette’s Time Machine articles for two reasons. First, as a lifeling resident, I always learn something about the Cedar Rapids area I didn’t know. And second, it brings back memories that were personal to me.
The Murphy Building article on July 10 caused me to stop and think. Hey, I had been in that building as a little boy with my mother who had gone to see Dr. W.J. Neuzil, a long time friend of the family, for a sore throat. I also remember another person outside in the waiting room with sticks up in his nose. He probably was waiting to be called back into Dr. Murphy’s office.
I recall my mother receiving a telephone call from Dr. Neuzil in 1936 or 1937 asking if he could borrow me for a father and son dinner at the Elks Club. He was married and had one daughter, but no sons. She said yes as my father had died in August of 1929 and this would be something special for me. I was picked up in a big new car and we soon arrived at the Elks at First Avenue and Fifth Street, northwest side of the street. When I walked in the door, I noticed a sign on the front door, BPOE. I asked the doctor what it stood for and he said “Best People on Earth”.
The dinner was great; favors and all, and I never forgot Dr. Neuzil’s kindness.
David H. Burke