For instance, until Friday, March 21, the 90-year-old concrete stairs and foundation of a building could be seen a few hundred feet north of the bar.
Many Riverside-Pocket area residents recall when a house was once located on that foundation.
Although many people might imagine that the house was demolished, it was actually moved in two sections in 2004 by the Fisher Bros. House Moving Co. of Manteca, Calif.
According to the Portuguese Historical and Cultural Society, the structure was transported to a lot somewhere on T Street in Sacramento.
A request by this publication for additional details regarding that move from the Manteca company were not yet fulfilled upon the deadline for this article.
The house was built in 1924 for Tony Pimentel, then-owner of the bar, which would later become known as The Trap.
Tony resided in that home with his wife, Margaret “Maggie” (Valine) Pimentel, who he married on Jan. 21, 1916, and their children, Lloyd, Kathryn and Geraldine.
All three of the Pimentel children attended Sutter School on Riverside Boulevard, about a half-mile south of Sutterville Road. The old schoolhouse still stands at 4605 Karbet Way and is presently home to Cabrillo Civic Club No. 5.
Although many people today would identify the 5-acre site that includes The Trap as being located in the Pocket, the site is actually part of the historic Riverside area.
The northern boundary of the Pocket is located at the sharp “S” turn of Riverside Boulevard at 43rd Avenue.
The Pocket lies on the south side of the boulevard, while the Riverside area (which includes the 5-acre site where The Trap sits) is located on the north side of the boulevard.
Incidentally, historic school districts in those areas used the same boundaries.
Schoolchildren residing in the Pocket area attended schools of the Lisbon School District. Those schools were the Upper Lisbon School and the Lower Lisbon School.
The aforementioned Sutter School was attended by children of the Riverside area, thus coinciding with the previous trivia that the Pimentel children attended that school.
The left hand side of a c. 1912 photograph accompanying this article shows a portion of the Pimentels’ original house on the property, which has become the future site of Brookfield School.
Although the house had a rural, county address during its early years, it would later acquire the address of 6115 Riverside Blvd.
Tony and Maggie resided in their Riverside Boulevard home until about 1960, when they moved into a 1935 Tudor-style house at 2622 14th St. in Land Park.
After Tony died at the age of 74 on Aug. 26, 1968, Maggie continued to live in the 14th Street house, which still stands about two blocks south of Broadway.
Maggie continued to reside in Sacramento until her death at the age of 97 on Sept. 3, 1991.
As for the Pimentels’ former Riverside Boulevard home, Tony and Maggie sold the house to Don E. Garwood (1907-1980) and his wife, Edith E. (Noland) Garwood (1914-1996), in 1968. The Garwoods were the original proprietors of The Pocket Club at 5043 Freeport Blvd.
The more dominant structure shown on the right hand side of the aforementioned c. 1912 photograph is the building that would become The Trap, and was then known as Ingleside Inn.
Despite its misleading name, the business was not a place designated for offering overnight accommodations for guests.
Eventually, the name of the business was changed to Pimentel’s Ingleside Café and was unofficially known by many locals as Pimentel’s Saloon.
In addition to the building’s use as a bar, which was located on the larger, north side of the structure during its early years, groceries were displayed in the building’s smaller, southern section.
There were two entrances to the building, so that women and children did not have to walk through the bar.
Originally, the bar and grocery store in the building was owned by a single, Italian man.
Estimated by some people to have been built in the 1860s but at least before 1885, the building, like most other early historic sites of the area, was associated with the Portuguese.
The bar and grocery business became a Portuguese-owned place in 1912.
It was then that Tony’s mother, Anna Leonora Garcia Pimentel, who was then a widow for the second time, bought the bar and liquor license, so Tony could have a business of his own.
Since Tony was 19 years old at that time, and thus too young to legally work in a bar, he established a partnership with his non-Portuguese brother-in-law, Ernest “Alvin” Savoie, who was married to Tony’s half-sister, Ana “Annie” Garcia.
Tony supervised the grocery area in the building, while Alvin worked as the bartender.
Two years later, when he was of legal age to work in the bar, Tony became the business’ bartender.
During that era, the bar had an area with tables and chairs for relaxing or playing cards.
Because of the high concentration of Portuguese who were residing in the area at that time, the bar was mainly a place of socialization for Portuguese men of the area.
When the old bar and grocery store building was relocated to its present location, it was placed in an easterly to westerly position, as opposed to its former northerly to southerly position.
It was also at that point in the structure’s history that the smaller grocery area became the bar, and groceries were no longer sold in the building.
As for the greater sized area of the structure, it began to be used as an even larger sitting area, and occasionally on Saturday nights, it was used for dancing the Portuguese chamarrita with two musicians playing their string instruments.
Sometime after the bar building was moved, it was altered when a bedding space and kitchenette was added to the structure.
Eventually, Alvin became ill, at which time Tony purchased his interest in the bar. Alvin died at the age of 67 on Aug. 15, 1954.
Tony and Maggie later purchased an additional 15 acres adjacent to the bar and their home, and Tony began farming on that site.
As Tony’s interest in farming increased, he hired two of the Barsanti brothers, who lived in the Riverside area, to run the bar. And in 1930, Tony sold the bar.
In speaking about the operation of the bar during the years of Prohibition, Pocket historian Dolores (Silva) Greenslate said that Prohibition had little affect on the bar.
“(The bar) was way out here in the Riverside-Pocket area with all the farmers and no inspectors came around here,” Greenslate said. “They had bigger fish to catch, plus this was just a beer and wine bar. (Inspectors) were more concerned about people bootlegging whiskey and things like that.”
Since Tony’s ownership of the bar, which was eventually known as the Ingleside Club, the business has changed proprietors several times.
One of those owners was Eileen Strange, who renamed the bar, The Trap.
As the story goes, in 1964, Strange decided to rename the bar after she had invited her friends to visit “the trap” that she acquired.
Strange, who was a former West Sacramento resident, lived at 4221 South Land Park Dr. during her proprietorship of The Trap.
The last owners of the bar, while it was operating under the name Ingleside Club, were Manuel and Ernie Simas, who were relatives from an old Pocket Portuguese family.
Manuel Simas, who resided at 7594 Pocket Road, and Ernie Simas, who lived at 7572 Pocket Road, purchased the bar in about 1959 from the bar’s previous owner, Jerry Andrews, who made his home in the upper level of the bar building.
In about 1967, Martin L. and Iona Kroeker, who were residents of the nearby town of Freeport, became the new proprietors of The Trap.
Other later owners of the bar were Glen Kelly (1968-69), Don M. Redmond and Donald Hart (1970-72), Jack L. Pugh (1973-77), West Yeargin (1978-79) and Mousa Tayyeb (1980-83).
Many longtime patrons of The Trap fondly remember Kathi Acquah, who owned the bar from about 1984 until her death in about 2005.
A later owner of The Trap, Rich Crudo (1947-2010), was the father of the establishment’s present owners, Jen (Crudo) Kelly, Veronica Crudo, Matt Crudo and Melissa (Crudo) Jimenez.
As presented in the last edition of this publication, Veronica Crudo expressed her concern regarding the future existence of The Trap in relation to its proximity to the soon-to-be-constructed school.
Although people directly associated with the bar and the school have stated that they intend for both places to coexist, of course, only time will tell if The Trap, which is one of the few pioneer structures in the area, will become a longtime neighbor of the school.
And whether future generations will have the opportunity to view the possibly 150-plus-year-old bar, one thing remains indisputable: it is obvious that the new Brookfield School site is a place of much history.