When I saw this ad for the Marvintown Bowling & Billiard Academy, the surname caught my eye right away. I knew several of the Wolfram boys from school and the old neighborhood. This family has lived in the old homestead on East 26th Street near St. John's Catholic Church for nearly a decade.
John M. Wolfram owned the bowling alley, which was located at 2621 Parade Street in Erie, PA. The text reads, "Bowlers Attention! We will give to bowler making the best score in five consecutive successive games in Ten Pins a Mineralite Bowling Ball and bag (valued at $20). Grip and holes bored to suit winner. All games must be paid in advance (65 cts.). Bowler must signify his intention to compete for ball. The decision of the house must be considered final in all disputes. Entires close Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. No entry fees. Bowl as many times as you wish. High Score, Henry Flick, 941. Commercial League now organizing. Opening for two more teams." -Erie Evening Herald, November 25, 1918.
...Clap for the Wolfman.
I wonder if the grandfathers of any of Erie's PBA bowlers such as Bob Learn Jr., Ron Palombi Jr. or Mike Machuga might have hung out at Marvintown Bowling.
Enjoy more fun facts about Erie, the Beer and Bowling capital of Northwestern Pennsylvania, at: Old Time Erie