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Years ago crowds would gather on Sunday afternoons at Sommergartens such as Habhegger’s for congenial company and to drink beer, many sitting at tables which were spread on the lawn along the bank of the Rock River.  Musical entertainment was a frequent attraction and many picnic gatherings were held there.  There were the outdoor bowling alleys which were housed in an arbor along the river bank and where nine-pins were played on Sunday afternoons.  It was the forerunner of the modern bowling alley.  It was a fun place to be.

 

1851      BALL ALLEY AT THE BUENA VISTA HOUSE

 Ball Alley at the Buena Vista House

 

1895

02 20          YOUNG MEN’S BOWLING CLUB / third annual ante-Lent hop

The third annual ante-Lent hop of the Young Men’s Bowling club takes place at Concordia Opera house next Monday evening, February 25, and will be the wind-up of the winter dancing season.  The usual number of invitations have been issued and no doubt many will embrace the opportunity for a pleasant evening's dancing, which is always assured at the club's parties.  Excellent music is expected from the Fort Atkinson orchestra of five pieces.  On account of the extra expense incurred in engaging an outside orchestra, the price 6f tickets has been raised to $1. Dancing is announced for 8:30 sharp.  WR

 

11 06          John Molzahn has another frog display this week.  It depicts the recent Concordia Young Men Bowling contest, several incidents being caricatured in a manner that is amusing to knowing ones.  But if John persists in libeling his friends by representing them as common, bloated bull-frogs, he may look for no end of trouble.   WDT

 

1898      BALL ALLEY AT 616 WEST MAIN

12 28       Friday morning last, about 3 o'clock, the old frame building at the northeast corner of West Main and Monroe streets was discovered to be on fire [Edward Schenck, 616 W Main,1899-99 City Dir; today 614?].  The west end of the building, including a bowling alley extending about forty feet north, was badly damaged.  Mr. Schenck was the occupant of the premises, using a portion of the west end for a grocery store.  His loss on stock is about $250. No light has been shed on the origin of the fire, although one story is that it was the work of a couple of tramps who were refused aid and were determined to get even.  Probably spontaneous combustion was the real cause.   WR

 

1901

12 18       There is no place in Watertown where one can have an hour or so of genuine recreation with as little effort as at the bowling alleys.  Nothing possible in the way of pleasing features has been left undone in order that this institution may be unsurpassed in comforts, entertainment and courteous attention to the wants of the patrons.  You do not have to be the best bowler to get a prize before New Year.   WDT

 

1908      State Tourney

 

 

1910

07 29       BOWLING CLUB OFFICERS

At a meeting of the newly organized Comet bowling club the following officers were chosen:

Manager—Walter Kuenzi

Captain—William Behling

Secretary and treasurer—Arthur Krueger

The other members are Lester Ruedig, Walter Guse and Oscar Lange.      WG

 

09 23       BOWLING CLUB ORGANIZED

Last week Thursday evening a meeting of bowlers of this city was held at the Schultz bowling alleys and a bowling club organized, officered as follows:

President—Curl F. Otto

Vice President—B. F. Haskins

Secretary—A. Krueger

Treasurer—Edward Schultz

The bowling season opens Sept. 23.    WG

 

1914

02 05       MISS MARIE LANGE

Monday evening Miss Marie Lange entertained at her home in North Fourth Street the Ladies Bowling club.

 

1915

10 14       NEW BOWLING ALLEYS OPENED

The new bowling alleys at 200 Main Street, conducted by Jos. Herro and Aug. Bietau, were formerly opened to the public last evening when a matched game was played between Lange’s Colts and the high school team.   WG

 

1937      Watertown Women's Assn, Adelle Walling, first secretary of

 

1938

The Elks Lodge building added two pin setting machines for the bowling alleys located in the lower level in 1938.  The current lodge still retains remnants of the bowling alley.

 

12 13       “Turkey” Gehrke resumed bowling recently for the first time in 27 years

 

1942

Claude F. Bornitzke Taken by Death

Popular Bowler Stricken on Christmas day

 

Claude F. Bornitzke. 200 South Seventh Street, died at his home on Christmas day, at 5:15 p. m.  He was 28 years of age.

 

Mr. Bornitzke's death followed a long illness during which he had undergone treatments at a Madison hospital and which was traceable to an injury he suffered years ago.

 

A native of Milwaukee, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bornitzke who came here with him when he was a child.  He had since lived here, graduating from Watertown High School.  He was active in sports there.

 

On Aug. 27, 1938 he married Miss Vanita Radke of Waterloo.  She survives, as do his father, this city, and a brother, Kenneth, Watertown and a sister, Mrs. Hilbert Kausch, also of Watertown.  His mother died 19 years ago.

 

Mr. Bornitzke was a member of the Wethonkitha club and was secretary of the City Bowling Association and also secretary of the Classic league.  He was a director of the Wisconsin Bowling Association.  He was bookkeeper at the office of King-Hintz, Inc.

 

Ranking as one of the city's best bowlers, he was particularly active in that sport and was widely known in bowling circles.  All who were acquainted with him knew him as a clean cut young man of excellent character and reputation.  He was popular and well liked and numbered many citizens here among his friends.

 

His long illness had been the cause of much sorrow and concern among his circle of friends and recently it became known that his condition was one for which medical science could give no hope.  Active as he was, well liked as he was, and with much promise in his life, he was a young man whose passing would be a loss to any community.

 

Mr. Bornitzke was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.

 

1945

Fred J. Maerzke

 

 

Watertown Daily Times, 12 17 1945; article includes pic

 

Fred J. Maerzke Dies Here Sunday

 

Was Outstanding Bowler

 

Fred J. Maerzke, who ranked with the foremost bowlers of his time, died last evening at his home, 125 North Water Street after a heart attack.  His death was sudden and unexpected.

 

Mr. Maerzke was born in Watertown on April 14, 1893, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Maerzke and spent his entire life here.  On April 12, 1915, he married Miss Elsie Schubert of Milwaukee.  She survives.  An only son, Robert Maerzke, died in 1938.

 

There are two sisters who survive, Mrs. M. J. Heinz, Appleton, and Mrs. Hugo Tobian, Milwaukee.

 

Mr. Maerzke was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran church.  He was also a member of Watertown lodge No. 830, Loyal Order of Moose, Lincoln lodge No. 20, Knights of Pythias and the Calanthe club.

 

Mr. Maerzke operated the West Side alleys for many years, a business which his father had also operated in his time.

 

He took to bowling early and developed into one of the best bowlers ever produced in Wisconsin.  Some sports writers ranked him among the best bowlers in the nation in his heyday.  He made many appearances and took part in many tournaments and helped carry the name of Watertown far and wide in bowling circles.

 

Mr. Maerzke was a man who had many friends here and in other cities where he was known and where he had appeared.

 

1952-53

GLOBE MILL BOWLING TEAM

  

William Hoeft, Arch Grinde, Robert Oestreich

Albert Schlueter, Arnold Reuschel, Walter Geise

 

1954      BOWLING TEAM CHAMPIONS

 

c.1954

BOWLING LANES AT WETHONKITHA CLUB

    116 S. First

 

1955

09 26       Sale of the Raasch Bowl on West Cady Street was completed; new owners Earl Reynoldson and Ray Siebold.

 

1959      Operators awarded instructor certificates

05 18          Lee Edwards, Watertown, was elected president of the Lutheran Bowling Association of Wisconsin at the annual meeting of the board of directors and delegates held at West Bend Sunday.  Two other Watertown persons, Gary Ponath and Mrs. M.A. Schlueter, were also elected to offices.  Ponath won a third term as director and Mrs. Schlueter was named director of the women's division.   WDT

 

KLINK BOWLING TEAM

  

 

1960

10 28          Ozzie Peters was elected president of the Watertown Bowling Association at the organization’s annual meeting held at the Wethonkitha Club Sunday afternoon.  He succeeds Les Kulke in the post. Four vice presidents — A. E. Radtke, Foster Pagel, Clarence Tessman and Clarence Schmidt — were elected to office.  Lee Edwards, secretary-treasurer, still has a year to go on his three year term of office.  Directors elected were Les Kulke, Don Nesta, Harry Barrows and Russell Engel.   WDT

 

1961

02 07       Edna Schlueter, a veteran bowler who has had many honor counts during her years of bowling here, did it again Thursday night as she blasted a 278 game and 600 set score in the Victory League at Watertown Bowl.  Mrs. Schlueter started her high count last night inauspiciously with a modest 145 game, stepped up the tempo to 175 in the second game, and then cut loose for her big 278 in the final game.  She had nine perfect strikes in that big game but missed the 10th when she got only nine pins on an off-center hit.  A crowd of other bowlers gathered around her and cheered her on as she ran her string of strikes.  The 600 was Mrs. Schlueter's first honor count this season. In 1942 she bowled a 278 game for second high score in the state.  Flora Chase bowled a high 285 game in 1948.   WDT

 

03 25       Rudy Hackbarth blasted games of 244, 258, 234 for a 736 record set in the Classic League Tuesday night.  The sizzling 736 topped Rudy's old mark of 719 which he set in the circuit in 1955.  Hackbarth never wasted a strike as he collected 20.   WDT

 

07 05       The month of June represented the best month so far this year in the building line in Watertown based on the amount of construction projects approved by the office of the city building inspector, Floyd Usher.  The monthly report shows that the total for June represents an estimated $256,300.  However, two major projects represent the bulk of that sum — including a new bowling alley to be known as Bowl-A-Fun for which Max Uttech acted as agent in the filing of an application. The estimated cost, according to records in the building inspector’s office, is $100,000 although the total will run much higher by the time the building is completed and outfitted. The site listed in the application is 770 North Church Street.   WDT

 

07 19          Watertown’s new bowling alley, now in the process of construction, to be operated by Bowl-A-Fun, Inc., at 766 North Church Street, last night was voted a tavern license by the common council.  It was the 47th tavern license in the city and the limit has now been reached under the present city tavern ordinance.  Bowl-A-Fun Inc., consists of Robert Strege, president, Foster Pagel, secretary, Arnold Strege and Max Uttech. The 47th license, the last under the ordinance, was yielded when the White House Tavern in the seventh ward was closed up. Up to last night 46 tavern licenses had been issued.   WDT

 

10 22          Al Radtke was elected president of the Watertown Bowling Association at the organization’s annual meeting held Sunday . He succeeds Ozzie Peters.  Vice presidents elected were Clarence Tessmann, Clarence Schmidt, Carl Woelffer and Ed Kleinsteiber, Lee Edwards was re-elected to a three-year term as secretary-treasurer of the group. Named to the board of directors were Peters, Les Kulke, Clarence Schumann and Harry Barrows.   WDT

 

11 02          Mrs. Edna (Conant) Schlueter, who received a pin for bowling a 278 count last season, has been an outstanding woman bowler here for about 25 years. “But I’m not as good as I used to be,” modestly admits Mrs. Schlueter. “I bowl only once a week now and I’ve lost some of my sharpness.” Mrs. Schlueter’s lowest average for any year has been 175 and her highest 188. Once she hit a hot streak and rolled series of 699, 688 and 676 all in one week. The 699 was the highest set she ever posted. The Watertown kegler won the state Lutheran singles title in the early 1940s and has won city championships almost annually. She’s held many singles titles and has been the big contributor in doubles and team championships. All-events honors have been hers annually, for all but the past few seasons.   WDT

 

1962

04 30          Harry O’Brien, former Watertown resident and former Jefferson County sheriff as well as one of the all time greats of bowling here, retired today as a deputy United States marshal.  O’Brien, who lives in 2344 North 27th Street, Milwaukee, with his wife, the former Louise Koenig of Watertown, has reached the mandatory federal retirement age of 70 years.  Mrs. Koenig is a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Koenig.  O’Brien’s career as a law enforcement officer started locally in 1933 when he joined the Jefferson County sheriff’s department as a deputy.  WDT

 

12 26          The Cavalier Inns of Watertown won first place in the Fox Valley bowling tourney which was held at Manitowoc.  It was the third victory for a Watertown team in the annual event.  Members of the Cavalier squad are Lou Kuckkan, Art Radloff, Wally Hornickle, Orrin Bisbee and Bill Huhner.  Lee Edwards and Ed Wildes finished in the money in the doubles and Bisbee, Hornickle and Sam Cuccia collected in the singles.  Edwards and Clem Stoll hit an alltime high of 1,323 in the tourney in 1941.   WDT

 

1963

10 25          Clarence Tessmann was elected president of the Watertown Bowling Association at the group’s annual meeting held at Chase Bowl Sunday evening.  Other officers named were: first vice president, Carl Woelffer; second vice president, Bob Wackett.  Lee Edwards still has a year to go on his three year term as secretary-treasurer. Directors elected were Al Radtke, Ozzie Peters, Les Kulke and Don Krueger.   WDT

 

11 16          Al’s Tap established a new all-time city association team record in firing in the Major League at Chase Bowl Thursday night and league-mates added to the honor as 11 keglers crashed the 600 mark. The Taps collected games of 916, 1,106 and 1,119 for a 3,141 grand total to top the Chase Bowl mark of 3,139 set last season. All five bowlers on the Tap squad broke 600 — Rudy Hackbarth got 641, Honey Pierce 634, Mac Schlueter 631, Clem Stoll 619 and Art Radloff 616. Stoll had a 268 game, Radloff got a 254, Hackbarth a 243, Schlueter 236 and Pierce 222.   WDT

 

1964

10 14          Clarence Tessmann was re-elected president of the Watertown Bowling Association for a two-year term at the group’s annual meeting Sunday.  Carl Woelffer, Carl Raue, Ron Buchanan and Willie Kuehl were elected vice presidents and Lee Edwards was named to another three-year term as secretary-treasurer.  Directors elected were Les Bast, Ozzie Peters, Les Kulke and Don Krueger.   WDT

 

1965

03 18          LEE EDWARDS, PRESIDENT WI STATE BOWLING ASSN

Lee Edwards, veteran Watertown bowler and bowling official, was elected president of the Wisconsin State Bowling Association at the organization’s annual meeting held in Milwaukee Sunday.  Edwards was installed in his office by Frank Baker, executive secretary of the ABC.  Edwards has been secretary of the Watertown Bowling Association for many years and has been an official of Lutheran and state bowling organizations.   WDT

 

04 27          LUTHERAN STATE BOWLING TOURNEY

Watertown’s Lou Kuckkan came up as the outstanding individual bowler in the Lutheran state bowling tourney which closed here over the weekend. Kuckkan took the singles title with a 652 score, won the all-events with an 1,888 aggregate, teamed with Jim Wade for fifth place in the doubles with 1,221 and was a member of the Olson Buick team which placed ninth with 2,749. Kuckkan had 652 in the doubles and 584 in the team firing. Helen Zwieg of Watertown won the women’s all-events title with a 1,609 score. She had 470 in singles, 582 in doubles and 557 in team firing.   WDT

 

1966

10 10          LEE EDWARDS HONORED

Veteran bowler and bowling official in Watertown, Lee Edwards, was honored Sunday night at the annual Watertown Bowling Association meeting at Chase’s Bowl for his 25 years of service to the bowlers in Watertown as the association’s secretary-treasurer. Lee was completely surprised when he was presented with a portable television and a check for his efforts. Presenting the gifts was the association president, Carol Woelffer.   WDT

 

1972      Harry O'Brien was an all-time bowling great and in 1972 was elected to the Milwaukee Bowling Hall of Fame.  His accomplishments in bowling were many.  He was a former Milwaukee and Wisconsin doubles champion, bowled a perfect 300 game and had a three game total of 814.

 

1979

12 15       Lee Edwards Cleaners, 111 North Fourth Street, will close its doors at noon Saturday, ending a business that had been in operation at that location for about 30 years.  Lee Edwards has no immediate plans following the retirement, but will continue to enjoy his annual vacations to the Hayward area.  A bowling enthusiast his entire life, Edwards has been secretary of the local bowling association since 1942.  He is a past president of the Wisconsin Bowling Association and past president of the Lutheran Bowling Association of Wisconsin.  Edwards has been a local bowling leaders for a number of years, serving in various capacities including secretary of the Major and Classic leagues.

 

1985

01 15       Eighteen-year-old Peter Richter Monday afternoon became the 10th person in the history of bowling in Watertown to record a perfect 300 game in sanctioned competition.  Richter, bowling on Balistreri’s Restaurant team in the Traveling Classic League, connected on 12 consecutive pocket hits in the second game of a match at Bowl-A-Fun Lanes.  He opened his big night with a 203 game and added a 193 at the end for a 696 total.  Richter was bowling on lanes five and six.  The young bowler is carrying one of the top averages in the city this year with an even 200 in the 22-Point All-Stars and in the 190s in the Traveling Classic.  WDT

 

08 02       Watertown Bowl 18, 102 West Cady Street, Watertown's largest bowling establishment, is going high-tech this season, according to Robert Schmidt, owner of the firm.  The establishment has completed installation of state-of-the-art computer technology for automatic scoring.  The new equipment is now operational and will be available for the public for the first time this evening.  The new equipment has been purchased through the AMF Corporation and the official name of the equipment is AMF AccuScore.  It was installed by technical people from AMF.  All 18 of the lanes have the automatic scoring devices and they are all hooked up to a main frame computer and terminal system for management operations.   WDT

 

1986

01 31       Two active and two deceased members will be enshrined a charter members of the Watertown Bowling Association Hall of Fame during a special program being planned during March.  They are Clarence Bittner and Walter Hornickle, both active members in Watertown, the late Herbert Lange and the late Don Nesta.  The four men will be honored at the induction ceremonies on Saturday evening, March 15, at Balistreri's Welcome Inn.  A dinner and program is being planned.   WDT

07 22          Jerry Peters, secretary/treasurer of the Watertown Bowling Association, has resigned his position.  Peters said he was resigning in anticipation of his purchase of Bowl-A-Fun Lanes in the near future.  The board of directors of the bowling association has met and formally accepted his resignation and has also appointed Richard Symoens, fourth vice president of the board, to fill Peters’ unexpired term of office.  Peters took over the secretary/treasurer duties from Lee Edwards, longtime secretary, back in 1980.   WDT

10 27          Jim Conant is the new president of the Watertown Men’s Bowling Association. He was elected at the organization’s annual meeting this past weekend at Watertown Bowl 18.  Conant, who has served on the association’s board of directors for the past six years, succeeds Hilbert Christian at the top post.  Christian, who completed his two-year term as president, was elected to one of four director positions.  The association membership also elected all other officers.  Dick Symoens was elected to a full three-year term as secretary/treasurer of the association.  Symoens was appointed by the board of directors last spring to fill the unexpired term of Jerry Peters.  Peters resigned when he purchased the former Bowl-A-Fun Lanes, now known as Jerry’s North Bowl.   WDT

 

1988

03 09          LOUIS KUCKKAN, JOHN BIEFELD, HARRY O’BRIEN,  FRED MAERZKE

Inducted into Watertown Bowling Hall of Fame  

 

Four men will be inducted into the Watertown Bowling Association Hall of Fame in ceremonies on Sunday, March 10, at Balistreri’s Welcome Inn.  The four are Louis Kuckkan, John Biefeld, the late Harry O’Brien and the late Fred Maerzke.   The 1988 inductees will join seven others since the organization was formed three years ago.  Charter member inductees were Walter Hornickle, Clarence Bittner, the late Don Nesta and the late Herbert Lange. The 1987 inductees were Clem Stoll, Bill Beisner and the late Lee Edwards.   WDT

 

1989

03 10          RAY SEIBOLD, DALE CHASE, ARNOLD (POPS) STREGE

Inducted into Watertown Bowling Hall of Fame  

 

Three men with close ties to the bowling industry in Watertown will be inducted into the Watertown Men’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame next month.  The hall of fame committee today announced that Ray Seibold, retired proprietor of Watertown Bowl 18, the late Dale Chase, for many years proprietor of Chase’s Bowl, now known as Firehouse Lanes, and the late Arnold (Pops) Strege who was instrumental in the creation of Bowl A Fun Lanes, will be inducted into the hall of fame for their meritorious service to the bowling industry in Watertown.   WDT

 

1990

03 19          LARRY SCHAEFER, JIM WADE AND SAM CUCCIA

Three local bowlers with impressive records will be inducted into the Watertown Bowling Association Hall of Fame at a banquet Sunday, April 1, at 4:30 p.m. at Plattdeutscher Hall.  The three are Larry Schaefer, Jim Wade and the late Sam Cuccia.  The three will become the 11th, 12th and 13th members to be inducted since the hall of fame was formed four years ago.

 

1997      TOM SCHULTZ inducted into Watertown Bowling Hall of Fame  

 

1999

04 01          Proposal to introduce girls bowling as a letter sport at Watertown High School    WDT

 

2002

09 29       Jerry and Debbie Peters, owners of Jerry’s North Bowl of Watertown, have named Darryl and Misty Drebenstedt as managers of their 12-lane bowling center.  Misty Drebenstedt’s responsibilities will include bartending, scheduling, ordering and overall operation of the business in the absence of Jerry Peters.  Darryl Drebenstedt’s duties will include lane conditioning and maintenance, bartending and pro shop assistance.   WDT

 

2009

04 07       Wayne Kohlhoff joined Bruce Martin as newest inductees into the Watertown Bowling Hall of Fame.   WDT

 

2011

04 02       Paul Kressin and Tim Rupprecht will be inducted into the Watertown Bowling Hall of Fame at the annual dinner Sunday, April 17, at Plattdeutscher Hall.  The two men will be honored for their many and varied contributions to the game of bowling over a sustained period of time.

 

Rupprecht is being honored for his unwavering support of bowling locally through decades of sponsorships and for his successes on the lanes.  It was Rupprecht's father, the late Mel Rupprecht, who started sponsoring his Mel's Garage teams back in about 1960, a tradition Tim Rupprecht readily continued when he took over the business. 

 

In all of his years of local bowling competition, Rupprecht has competed for only one team sponsor - his own Mel's Garage team.  The sponsorship tradition began in the Industrial League at then Chase's Bowl (now Firehouse Lanes) back in about 1960. Since then the teams have moved periodically to different leagues, from the Industrial to the Merchants, Community and 766 leagues. He also sponsors and competes in the Major League at Firehouse Lanes.

 

Kressin will follow the footsteps of his father, Wayne, who was inducted into the local bowling hall of fame in 1993.  Kressin started bowling in high school but did not pursue the game initially as an adult. He came back to the game in 1986 and has set many scoring records since that time. His initial interest in bowling came from watching his father compete in top leagues. From there it was the junior programs and later adult leagues.

 

Kressin has been involved with lane dressing procedures in the city, working to help establish oiling patterns at Firehouse Lanes for a number of years. Kressin has worked with lane dressing procedures by hand, with the Rotobuff, Century and now the sophisticated Phoenix machines.  While he typically doesn't dress the lanes, he works to establish oiling patterns that will ensure quality conditions.   WDTimes article

 

2012

03 27       Randy Kroll and Kevin Quinn inducted into Watertown Bowling Hall of Fame   WDT

11 21       Tom Schultz inducted into State Bowling Hall of Fame   WDT

Schultz is being inducted for exemplary service to the state association.  Schultz has served on the state association board since 1974 when he succeeded the late Lee Edwards of Watertown in that capacity.  He was state president in 1994-95, has served on all state committees over the years and continues to be active as a director of the state group.  This past year he was re-elected to a three-year term on the state board.  For many years he has been the master of ceremonies for the state hall of fame programs.  .

 

The new inductee has been involved with the local bowling scene since the early 1960s when he participated in junior leagues.  He was a junior and adult league secretary and league president, was a member of the local lane inspection committee for a number of years and served as local association president in 1977-1979.  In 1968 he organized and published the first Watertown Bowling Yearbook and served as editor of that publication for 15 years.

 

He was also instrumental in forming the local bowling hall of fame and has served as master of ceremonies for that program since it was started in 1987, a position he continues today.  He was inducted into the local bowling hall of fame in 1997.   WDTimes article

 

2013

01 08       Carol Gallert inducted into meritorious service category of Watertown Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame.   WDT

01 29       Richard A. Symoens, 1943-2013  Active in local bowling circles for many years and served as manager of the local bowling association for 25 years, as a member of the Hall of Fame committee, and in many other bowling leadership positions.  He was a member of the Watertown Bowling Hall of Fame . . . He was very proud of his bowling accomplishments and had six 300 games, one 298 game, one 800 series, bowled with several pro bowlers in various tournaments and won a number of bowling awards and honors.  WDT

03 21       Dan Schilling and John Foltz, two of Watertown’s top bowlers for decades, will be inducted into the Watertown Bowling Hall of Fame in a program Sunday, April 14.  Both Schilling and Foltz are being recognized for their bowling skills and have held a number of high averages for several decades, dating back to the 1970s and 1980s.   WDT

10 17       Jane Toebe will be inducted into the Watertown Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame on Sunday, Nov. 3.  Toebe was an active member of the Watertown Women’s Bowling Association, holding the office of president and secretary in many leagues.  She also served a term as city secretary.  She is a charter member of the state 600 club along with Judy Hoffstetter, Ellen Berger and Mickey Tessmann.  Hoffstetter and Toebe formed the local 600 club with Hoffstetter serving as president and Toebe as secretary . . .   WDT

 

2014

03 26       Scott Strege and Rich Ebert will be inducted to the Watertown Bowling Hall of Fame.   WDT

 

2016

03 30       Joe Krueger will be inducted to the Watertown Bowling Hall of Fame.   WDT

 

2017

02 12       JERRY PETERS (1942-2017)

Jerome E. Peters, 74, of Watertown, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Center in Johnson Creek.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. Karl Walther officiating.  Burial will take place at Lutheran Cemetery in Watertown.

 

Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family.

 

Jerome Edward Peters was born on Oct. 31, 1942, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Watertown, the son of Oswald and Patricia (nee Simon) Peters.  On Feb. 2, 1980, he married the former Debra Buchta at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Watertown.

 

Jerry graduated from Watertown High School. He entered the United States Navy and served his country from 1960-63.  He then was employed by Kinkead Plastics in Johnson Creek for 23 years, serving most of those years as foreman.  He then purchased the former Bowl-A-Fun Lanes and became the proprietor of Jerry’s North Bowl and served there as proprietor for 17 years, at which time he retired.

 

Upon his retirement, Jerry became very active in the American Legion Post 189.  He was commander from 2007-13.  Jerry was honored with having the Main Street Bridge named after him for one year for all his help in the community.  He was also an active member of AARP Chapter 3056.  Jerry was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

 

Jerry’s passion was softball and bowling.  He played softball for 50 years and started bowling as a teenager setting pins.  He held a 200 plus average for many years.  He also played golf and played on the Lutheran Dartball League.

 

Jerry is survived by his wife, Debbie Peters; five children.   WDT

 

03 10       STEVE MIHAL AND CRAIG UMLAND INDUCTED

Steve Mihal and the late Craig Umland will be inducted into the Watertown Bowling Hall of Fame at a dinner program.   This year’s inductees took different paths to the election. Mihal, while a good bowler in his own right, was also a tireless worker and manager at many city tournaments and other events.  Umland was one of the city’s top bowlers for many years, amassing a large number of honor scores including 300 games and numerous 700 series . . .    Full article  

 

 

 

Cross Reference:

Watertown Bowl

Ellen M. Berger: Charter member of the Watertown Women's Bowling Association 600 Club.  Was inducted into the Watertown Women's Bowling Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

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