Anthony Tunis Shortway
was born in warren point, New Jersey on july 23, 1892. He was
the son of Harry and Maude Hoek Shortway. Tunis was an athlete
and became one of the best pitches in the metropolitan area. Everyone
called him tune and in his prime he pitched baseball against such
greats as Honus Wagner and Jim Throrpe, Famous Major League baseball
players. He could have played for the major leagues but the salaries
were so small that he could not make enough to support a family,
so he became a mason contractor and built houses.
In 1913 tune married Anna aupperlee and they had two sons, Harry
and Anthony whom everyone know as Tex. They resided in Paterson
until 1928, when Tune purchased land in the small town of Hawthorne,
which was mostly farm land. There was a house, gas station and
a barn on the property with a three car garage and two horse barns
in the back. During the prohibition years Tune made his own booze.
He had neighborhood parties in the barn where the cows, horses
and chickens were kept. Everyone convinced him to build a small
bar and open it up as Shortway’s Barn. His next step was
to go to the town and apply for a liquor license. In September
1933, the doors opened legally. A bar without food did okay, but
he decided to sell the now famous hot roast beef sandwiches on
hard rolls and kept adding food to the menu.
Shortway’s was one of the most popular places in town.
Tune passed away December 1942. The Barn and the farm were left
to Harry and Tex. Harry married Marjorie Holmes in 1936. Tex and
Marge ran the barn while Harry worked at Curtis Wright Corporation.
In the early 50s, Harry bought his brothers share of the business.
The Barn would go through many changes, always keeping up with
the times. In the 50s it became a stop for many truck drivers,
coming in for the famous hot roast beef sandwiches.
As the Clientele changed so did the barn. The place was renovated
into a larger bar and the back room booths were removed. In the
60s and 70s, go-go dancers were featured and business boomed.
Once again the place changed. October 26, 1981 Harry passed away
leaving Marge as the Owner of the Barn and in 1982 there would
be more change in store. The entire building was gutted and a
new Shortway’s Barn was born. Out with the go-go girls and
pool table and in with a new décor. It has taken many years
to replace the reputation of a “man’s bar”.
Shortway’s Barn sure has come along way.