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By Frank Passic

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Any photos not otherwise credited are from the personal collection of Frank Passic, Albion Historian.


Morning Star, January 13, 2008, pg. 13

One of Albionís most popular sports through the years has been bowling. I grew up around it and Iím sure that many of those who are reading this column have a bowling photo someplace in their family photograph albums. One of my vivid memories as a child was being taken annually by my father to the American Bowling Congress national tournaments, which were held in different cities across the country.

A popular bowling establishment here in town for many years was Pickens Bowling Alley (they were called alleys back then, not lanes), located at 302 N. Superior St. This six-lane establishment operated here from 1941 to 1952, and was owned by local entrepreneur Vaud Pickens, Sr. (1887-1970). Today this is the site of the PS Citgo Gas Station. Vaud had originally operated his bowling alley at 108 E. Erie St. in 1936 before moving here in around 1941.

Pictures of this place are hard to find. I scrounged around and found one dated 1941, which we are featuring this week here in our Historical Notebook. It was taken when a paper-bundle truck tipped over in front, spilling itís load. Just to the left in the taller building was Sebastian & Son Electric.

Our second photograph shows an actual bowling team inside Pickens, taken in the late 1940s. From left to right are: Walter Althouse, Herman Chlystek (1914-1949); Joseph Borek (he worked at Service Caster); Edward Chlystek (1912-1971); and my father, Frank Passic, Sr. (1919-1974). How many of our readers remember Pickenís Bowling Alley?

Pickens Bowling Alley

Pickens Bowling Team late 1940s


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