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102 West Cady Street
Raasch's Bowl, 102 W Cady, WHS_005_701
1942 BOWLING ALLEYS CONSTRUCTED BY EARL RAASCH IN 1942
The 12-lane plant was one of the best in this part of the state at the time of its construction and is still modem in all respects. The building itself measures 86 by 132. The building has a basement that is used as a locker room and also a small office on a second floor.
09 26 SALE OF THE RAASCH BOWL
Sale of the Raasch Bowl, 12-lane bowling establishment on West Cady Street, was completed Thursday and the two new owners, Earl Reynoldson and Ray Siebold, both of Racine, will take over the bowling alleys on Saturday. The transaction for the property was concluded in the law offices of Niemann and Hibbard. Siebold is the son-in-law of Reynoldson and both men plan to be active in the business.
Siebold is president of the Racine Bowling Association and was a member of the Racine’s VFW national championship team in 1953. He is a World War II veteran, is married and has two children. Reynoldson formerly was associated with the Western Printing & Lithographing Company at Racine.
03 19 EXTENSIVE REMODELING
An extensive remodeling job that will include the installation of automatic pin spotting machines will be undertaken at the Watertown Bowl during the off-season this summer, Earl Reynoldson and Ray Seibold, co-owners of the bowling plant. Included in the proposed program is modernization of locker room facilities, revamping of the bar room, installation of new flooring, and major alterations in the bowling desk. The automatic pin machines will be the first to be installed in this immediate area. Watertown Bowl, a 12-lane layout, was constructed here by Earl Raasch and was opened for bowling on August 14, 1942. Reynoldson and Seibold purchased the business from the original owner in 1955.
04 07 SIX NEW LANES ADDED
Construction began Thursday on the addition of six new bowling lanes at Watertown Bowl, 102 West Cady Street. The six new lanes will be fully automatic and all lanes including the existing 12, will be equipped with new Brunswick telescores and ball returns. All lanes will be resurfaced during the remodeling project and all lanes will have new kickbacks and drop gutters for better pin action. A meeting room will be constructed in the basement of the building for the purpose of league or team meetings. There will also be a bar in the carpeted meeting room to serve small parties and match games.
08 15 MAJOR REMODELING JOB
Watertown Bowl, originally opened with 12 lanes as the biggest bowling facility in the city back in 1942, has undergone its second expansion and renovation under the guidance of Ray Seibold and Earl Reynoldson, owners-operators of the lanes. The Seibold-Reynoldson duo purchased the alleys from Earl Raasch in 1955 and promptly set about to make the lanes more attractive. They made some changes in the original pin plant in their early years in the business, then did a major remodeling job on the establishment eight years ago. Now they have completed another step in the growth of the bowling lanes. A 38 x 162 addition has been added to the original building and six new lanes now expand the Bowl to an 18-lane layout.
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12 18 COMMEMORATIVE CUPS
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06 23 NEW OWNERSHIP
Watertown Bowl 18, 102 West Cady Street, will be under new ownership on July 1. Ray L. Seibold and his wife Marion, 611 Labaree Street, have sold the business to Robert and Inez Schmidt, route 4, Watertown. Schmidt has been manager of the business for the past several years, and has been employed at the center for the past 11 years. Seibold and his father-in-law Earl Reynoldson, both then of Racine, purchased the bowling establishment, then known as Raasch Bowl, back in 1955 from Earl Raasch. In 1973 Ray and his wife took complete ownership of the business and have been operating it since that time. The establishment originally had 12 lanes, but an expansion project in 1966 increased that total to 18. The automatic pinsetters were installed on the original lanes in 1962 and were part of the new six lane addition four years later.
07 08 LANES REPLACED
Watertown Bowl 18 is in the process of replacing 12 of its 18 lanes with new wooden ones, according to owner Robert Schmidt. He said the $200,000 project, which began June 15 is expected to be completed by July 26. “The lanes needed replacement,” Schmidt said. “They were the original lanes installed 50 years ago when the bowling alley was built back in 1942. The new lanes will be made of maple and pine wood similar to the old ones. “We decided against synthetic lanes because we wanted to match the other six wood lanes,” he noted. “The old lanes lasted 50 years and the new ones should too. Six lanes were added in 1966 and do not need to be replaced.
07 28 ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE BOWLING PROPRIETORS OF WISCONSIN
Robert Schmidt, president of Watertown Bowl, Inc., has been elected president of the Bowling Proprietors of Wisconsin. His election came at the group's annual meeting at Pier Three Restaurant in Milwaukee. Schmidt's term is for one year but he will be eligible to stand for election to a second term. The new president ascended to that position after having been elected to all other offices of the association. He is a past sergeant at arms, treasurer and vice president.
Ray L. Seibold, 1959, Bowling instructor certificate
History of Watertown, Wisconsin