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Morning Star, December 7, 2008, pg. 14

As we approach the Christmas holiday, Iíd like to remind our readers that my Albion history books and materials are available at the Albion Chamber of Commerce. These would make great gifts for those visiting family and friends in their hometown. Even my Riverside Cemetery tour booklets make quite interesting reading.

If youíve been following our ď100 Years AgoĒ feature each month youíve read that the Italian fruit dealer Robert Cascarelliís establishment on N. Superior St. collapsed into the Kalamazoo River during the Great Flood of 1908. He then spent the remainder of the year in a temporary location in the Lottie Eslow Block on W. Porter St. [Thatís the smaller building located just west of the Moose]. That situation changed on Thursday, January 7, 1909, when Robert purchased a business on the NW corner of S. Superior and W. Center Sts. and promptly moved to his new location. Coming up on Wednesday, January 7, 2009, Cascarelliís will commemorate its 100th anniversary at their 116 S. Superior St. location with a huge celebration. Give them a call for further information.

Through the years Cascarelliís has been known for a variety of things as it has become a community gathering place for individuals, clubs, and others. During the 1940s the craze at Cascarelliís was shuffleboard. Tournaments were held and Cascarelliís was the center of activity as patrons showed their skill or lack thereof, while others watched and cheered for their favorite players.

From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph of shuffleboard in action at Cascarelliís, circa late 1940s. On the left, Betty Morgan and Delores McDowell look on, while C. Robert Llewellyn demonstrates his skill at this exciting sport. He is observed on the right by Hewitt ďCurlyĒ Eddy. Posted on the wall is a chalkboard with the score, as well as a list of rules with ďNo GamblingĒ in bold print. How many of our readers remember shuffleboard at Cascarelliís?

Shuffleboard in action at Cascarelliís


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