The Corner Café came into existence in the late 1860s. It was built of local brick and had a full basement and was two stories high. It was 50 feet wide and 100 feet long, taking up the entire piece of land it was built on, anchoring the northwest corner of the square in Moravia. Captain Cummins was a local hero during the Civil War and built the building after he returned from the war. He was a commanding officer of a group of local men, and became postmaster in civilian life. Most of the time since its existence, the building has been a restaurant and at some periods, the basement has had three lanes of a bowling alley. It is still a building in good repair, although the roof has been a problem if it is not tarred regularly. The downstairs was used primarily for a restaurant. The plumbing has gone through lots of upgrading through the different owners. The current owners, Rick Harper and Jackie White have done a lot of remodeling and repair and have the building in the best shape its been in for a long time. They operate a bar with a pool table and a friendly atmosphere. They are very much involved in the community and community projects.
While my mom, Alice Cox, went through high school at Moravia, she worked part-time at the Corner Café after school, washing dishes, cooking on the grill and anything else that came up. She boarded with a family in town, helping with housework, child care and sometimes didn’t get home very ofter, as they lived out of town. This was of course, before school buses. I go up to the school occasionally now and always check to see her class picture of 1935. She was the only one of her brothers and sisters to go through high school and graduate. She played basketball as a center on a three-court outside for coach Tommy Irelan and by the time her daughters played, it was a two-court system. Her great-granddaughters played full court.