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Old Chester, PA: Business
|Picture||Business Name||Location||Owner/Operator||Dates of Operation||Comments:|
|Armory Bowling Alley||East 5th St.|
|Birney's Birch Beer & Pool Hall|
|Brownie's Pool Room|
|Ches-Penn Bowling Alley|
|Chester Recreation Center||9th St., across from Pep Boys||Mr. Shyne
Other known employees:
|"I was a pin-setter, as were
my two older brothers, in the Chester Recreation Center on ninth street across from Pep Boys. This
was also A Greyhound bus depot. This was in the early to mid 50's. A Mr. Shyne was
the owner,operator of the place."
|Esquire Billiard Academy||3rd & Thurlow||? Stress||"Converted the West End Bowling Alley at that location into a poolroom
during the 60's. It became THE place to hang out in the late 60's to early 70's.
Stress also operated Stress' Hardward Store across the street"
David J. Hentosh, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Fraternal Order of Eagles, (FOE)||7th & Deshong||"On the opposite
corner from the Eagle Grille was the FOE, Fraternal
Order of Eagles which was a very popular spot that had a pool table, 2 regulation
shuffleboards and 2 duck pin bowling alleys. My dad was very involved there and I
spent a lot of time there with him, mom, brother & sis. My brother and I grew up
setting pins there till we moved on to the bigger lanes."
Thanks to L. Doyle, email@example.com
|Great Leopard Skating Rink||North side of Penn St. between 5th & 6th||Jack Coopersmith
|Penn Recreation Center||5th & Penn St.||?
|c. September 1939 - May 1964?||"I used to work at the
Penn Recreation Lanes at 5th and penn street. I believe the lanes closed for good in
May 1964 because I was home on leave from the service at that time and remember that it was that time that you could remove any equipment that you had stored in the lockers. Penn rec hosted a tourn every year and the best bowlers in the world would show up every year to win the first price of $1000,00. The famous Budweiser team featuring Don Carter, Dick Weber, Tom Hennesey, Ray Bluth and Pat Paterson came every year and mayor Joe Eyre would be on hand for the
event. At the same time another tournament was held at the west end bowling center and the first price there was
also $1000.00. However ownership did change hands prior to 1964, maybe 1962 when
Bob and his partner Benjamin got out of the business. Bob was a great boss to work for and he passed away in 1975."
|Royal Billiards||W 7th St.||? - 1939 - ?||Visible in this picture of the grand opening of the "New" State Theatre, c. September 1939.|
|Shorty's Pool Hall||In basement near the State movie theatre (7th St.)||From "Pokey" firstname.lastname@example.org|
|West End Bowling Alley||3rd & Thurlow, NW corner||(See Esquire Billiard Academy above.)|
|William Penn Bowling Alley||5th & Penn St., NE corner|
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This page last updated 12/28/06