Throwback Thursday 12/21/17: “Salute to Top Bowler”

“Hats off to Beulah Abbott of LeClaire, one of the first two members of the Iowa Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame was organized last weekend at the group’s annual meeting in Cedar Rapids, with the first two members being named.

Beulah holds the distinction of being one of four women who have rolled a perfect 300 game in Iowa. She was the first, getting hers in 1932 in the old Hilson’s Alleys, now Capitol Lanes.

Mrs. Abbott has topped the 700 mark for series twice. She rolled a 711 the night of her 300 game and hit a 709 one month later at Midway Lanes.

Beulah has been bowling since the 1920s, before the State or Davenport-Bettendorf women’s associations were formed. She was instrumental in getting both organizations moving.

Thirty-four women attended the first meeting of the state group in Newton, in early April, 1931. The local association was formed later that same month.

Since Davenport had the largest representation at the state meeting, the first women’s state tournament was held here in 1932. Beulah won the singles, all-events and teamed with Ethel Methven to win the doubles.

Her all-events score of 1,761 for nine games, stood as a state record until 1958.

Beulah still uses the first bowling ball she ever owned. She has bought or won some others several times, but always returned to the old faithful. Her daughter, Audrey Dittmer, won the singles championship of the city tournament in 1962 using her mother’s “old” ball.

An outstanding career such as this one has produced many trophies and priceless memories. Beulah has a scrapbook full of her high points in the last 30 years.

Included are the tattered score sheet which she recorded her perfect game, newspaper clippings of her victories in state tournaments and others describing outstanding achievements, such as a 277 game.

The latest additions to her collection are a plaque, watch and pin which she received at last weekend’s meeting.

She was not told that she was to enter the Hall of Fame until the ceremony. She had been asked to take part in the unveiling of several pictures of past presidents of the state group, to make sure she would appear at the meeting.

Beulah, now 70, still is active, both in bowling and working. She bowls twice a week, in a women’s league on Friday nights and a mixed league on Sundays.

She holds a “part time” job at the LeClaire Quarry, but is looking forward to working something like 60 hours per week during the busy season for the quarry.

She also does her own gardening.

Mrs. Abbott plans to go to Memphis, Tenn. next month to bowl in the national tournament with her daughter.

Has all of this activity kept her healthy? “I think it has,” she states. “I have not had time to think about getting old.””

-The Daily Times
April 4, 1963

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Throwback Thursday 12/14/17: “Q-C team dents records”

“A Quad-City team has made the national record books after some torrid shooting last weekend in the Gold Dust tournament at Milan Lanes.

Bob Neff’s Bowler’s Corner rolled the second highest ABC tournament series ever for a four-man team. It also added the third highest team game.

Jon Shanku, Chris Lorenzen and Dan Waline – all of Davenport – joined Durant’s Harold Petersen to shoot an amazing 2,852 three-game series. That’s an average of 237 a game per man.

The record is 2,976 set by The Dynamites of Mitchell, S.D., in 1979.

The Quad-City team also notched a staggering 1,050 team game – an average of better than 262 a man. Only two games in tournament history have been higher for four-man teams. The record is 1,074 by the same Dynamites in their record-breaking series. Second place of 1,051 also is held by the Dynamites.

Shanku led the firing last weekend with a 766 series. Waline shot 718, Lorenzen 708 and Petersen 660.

Individual scores in the high team game were: Lorenzen 279; Waline 265; Shanku 259; and Petersen 247.

“The surprising thing about that game was that game was that Chris (Lorenzen) was the only one to throw at least two strikes in the 10th frame,” Shanku said. “Otherwise, we would have easily topped the all-time record.””

-Quad-City Times
December 7, 1980

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Throwback Thursday 12/7/17: “Western Residential Mortgage blasts its way to ‘record’ total”

“The Western Residential Mortgage four-player team in the Sam’s Highland Masters League was red hot this past Monday, recording games of 1029, 1051 and 1013 for an amazing 3093 total.

Joe Roseman led the scoring spree with his 268, 290 and 279 games adding to 837. Bryan Schuldt closed at 773 after getting 259, 258 and 256 lines. Josh Cantrill had 749, coming from 224, 258 and 267 segments. Ron Schuldt, Bryan’s father, “dogged” the team with a 734 series. His games were 278, 245 and 211.

Thinking that the 3093 might rank high nationwide, I called Mark Miller at the USBC headquarters in Greendale, Wis. Miller, after consulting his computer, said the USBC does not keep track of scores by teams with four players that bowl three games.

Thus, until we hear of something higher, the 3093 is a record score, even though unofficial. At any rate, it was some outstanding bowling.”

-The Rock Island Argus
December 8, 2006

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Throwback Thursday 11/30/17: “Pair roll 300s in final game on same night”

“Two members of the Saturday Nite Mixed League, I am sure, received a great amount of attention as they neared the end of their third game. After the final ball of the night was delivered by Paulette Guerrero and by Mike Hollon, both bowlers had recorded 300 games.

Guerrero had bowled 258 and 197 in her earlier lines, so ended with a league-leading 755. Hollon’s first two games had been 226 and 225. His 751 final score was the second best in the league that night.

About two months earlier, Hollon had bowled a 300 as the opening line of a dandy 778 series. The league’s secretary, Wanda Johnson, informed me that both of Hollon’s perfect games were bowled on the same pair of lanes at Town & Country Bowl. I’ll bet he will be anxious to return to that pair again.”

-The Rock Island Argus
January 11, 2008

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Throwback Thursday 11/23/17: “Hall of fame guys”

“Three men were inducted into the Moline-East Moline Bowling Association Hall of Fame in ceremonies held last month in conjunction with the association’s annual meeting.

The newest honorees were Bob Cosper and Von McLane Jr. in the bowling skills category and Bob Vollrath for meritorious service to the local association.

Cosper’s bowling credentials are extensive and reach far beyond the local scene. He has been a memeber of the MEMBA for 30 years, during which time he had numerous averages over 200. In a career that dates back to 1961, the talented right-hander has bowled five 300 and two 299 games. He has amassed more than 250 series of 700 or better.

Much of Cosper’s success has been in tournament action, both at the local level and in places far afield. He was a member of a team that finished in third place in an ABC Tournament several years ago. Because of his outstanding ability, Cosper had earlier been elected to the Rock Island B.A. and Greater Davenport B.A. Hall of Fame.

McLane has been an outstanding bowler in MEMBA leagues for many years, during which time he accumulated one 300, two 299 and one 298 games. He posted an 800 series in the Senior Division of a recent MEMBA City Tournament.

The skillful McLane has had other successes in City Tournaments, having won both the regular doubles and senior doubles. He was also on two championship teams.

Way back in 1961, McLane was the winner of the Tri-City Elimination competition, which advanced him to the National All-Star Tournament that year. He has also won two Central Illinois Classic B.A. singles tournaments and was on two first-place teams at the Central Illinois Tournament held annually in Springfield.

Vollrath has been active on the MEMBA board for many years, dating back to when it was knows as the Moline B.A. He served as association president from 1961-63. When a merger of the Moline B.A. and East Moline B.A. was contemplated, Vollrath was one of the men active in the process.

Over the years, Vollrath has acquired the unofficial title of “association watchdog” for his persistent effort in ensuring that the work and the finances of the MEMBA is properly conducted.

Still an active bowler, Vollrath exhibits the tenacity that gives real meaning to the words ‘meritorious service.'”

-The Rock Island Argus
April 20, 1997

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Throwback Thursday 11/16/17: “Perfect games becoming more common on lanes”

“It is the goal (dream?) of many bowlers to, someday, bowl a 300 game. For the majority, this goal is never reached, even though perfect games are occurring frequently, both in the Quad-Cities and across the nation.

This column has reported 29 300 games thus far this season. I am confident that there have been others that did not reach me. Of those I have written about, four were by female bowlers.

Last season, there were 48,674 perfect games bowled by ABC members, while those sanctioned by the WIBC accumulated only 1,060 such scores. Both of those figures reflect a scoring pace that was unheard of not too many years ago.

Then came a span of 20 years before another Tri-City Classic 300 was bowled. In the 1957-58 season, two such games occurred, an event worthy of considerable print in local newspapers.

Moline’s Don Johnson was the next to hit 300 in the league in 1978, some 21 years further along in Tri-City Classic history.

Entering the 2005-06 season, a total of 272 perfect games have been bowled in that high-scoring league, with all but eight coming in the last 23 seasons. The league recorded an astounding 45 300 games during the 2003-04 season.

A.C. Jellison of St. Louis was the first to receive an award from the ABC for having bowled a 300 game. This took place Dec. 15, 1908. Jenny Hoverson Kelleher had the first perfect game recognized by the WIBC. The Madison, Wis., bowler tossed a 300 game Feb. 12, 1930.

There are many reasons why 300 games are happening with an increasing frequency. Let’s give credit, first, to the ability level of present-day bowlers. Pair that with an array of bowling balls that provide many options for those bowlers. Add to the equation lane conditions that, while legal under USBC requirements, allow for an easier path to the pocket.

Yes, tougher conditions are made possible by adjusting the lane maintenance machines. These more difficult conditions have been used, occasionally, in leagues and tournaments. The typical “house” conditions will keep those 300 games occurring on a more-or-less frequent basis.”

-Cal Whitmore
The Rock Island Argus
December 24, 2005

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Throwback Thursday 11/9/17: “Perfect Scores Keep Coming”

“The 1999-2000 bowling season is rapidly drawing to a close, but the big scores keep rolling in. Two Town and Country Lanes bowlers recently posted a 300 game in league action.

Larry Dobereiner of East Moline opened last week’s East Moline City League session with a perfect game, then added 198 and 181 lines for a 679 series. If memory serves me correctly, this was the second 300 for Dobereiner this season.

Earl Dreon had the other Town and Country gem and I am pleased to report this 300. Dreon strung 12 strikes to open his Jolly Boys League series, garnering his first-ever 300. This proves good things come to those who wait patiently. You see, Dreon is 69 years old. He slipped to 157 in his second game, but rebounded to 228 for a 685 series.

Dreon’s comment to me about his 300 was “the last three strikes were all solid Brooklyn hits”. Congratulations, Earl.”

-The Rock Island Argus
April 1, 2000

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