“Moline bowling enthusiasts, some 2,000 strong, will have begun the 1947-1948 league kegling season before the middle of the month. East Moliners will compete in many of the Moline leagues as well as on the Rocket alleys at home to boost the total to more than 2,500.
All of the old well-established loops have returned to the maple warfare, and a number of new circuits have signed for alley time to make the 70-league season the greatest in history.
Most of the problems that faced the alley managers last year seem to have been remedied, for he pin boys and the hardwood sticks appear more plentiful.
Andy’s Playdium has a list of league entries 18 loops long set for action and with more indicating they may come in later. The LeClaire alleys will house 15 leagues, including the 20-year-old Uptown, Twin-City Girls and Moline Majors. Simpson’s will have seven leagues bowling, but will save all the time on both Saturday and Sunday for the open bowlers. The Y.M.C.A. alleys with five loops will also keep Andy’s Little Shots tourney alive during the winter months with meets on Saturdays.
Elks Alleys leagues number 18, and include the Tri-City Classic at 7 on Thursdays. Six afternoon leagues will roll at the Elks alleys, and one morning loop on Sunday. The Rocket Alleys in East Moline will have at least 11 loops and may make room for several more. Saturday will be reserved for open kegling.
With the most bowlers in history and with the most leagues in operation it looks like a great year for the maple splitters. Plans for the Ladies Tri-City classic loop are still being considered and may develop in time for the top women’s loop to see action in the 1947-48 season.”
September 4, 1947
May 14, 1943
The first two photos are the final 1948-1949 season standings for the Rock Island Classic league, held at the Topspot Alleys. The third photo is the final standing sheet for the 1994-1995 Rock Island Classic league season, which was held at Town & Country.
August 6, 1943
September 3, 1958
“Packed galleries witnessed the second series of events yesterday in the bowling tournament which the Rock Island branch of the Davenport Bowling association is holding at the Central alleys of Rock Island. Bowling started at noon and continued until 11 last night. High scores for singles games were numerous.
The Central Oil & Grease team rolled the splendid score of 3005, due in no small measure to the shooting of Capt. Rick Sundin of Moline. Benda of the Grease company team was high in the singles with 698, having an opportunity of establishing a record score, as he started with 264, followed with 257 but finished with 177.
Art Salzmann had a count of 631, and Ed Johnson of the A & P Recreation team of Aledo totaled close to 2000 pins for the three events-singles, doubles and team. He and his partner, Parkman, had a score of 1228 for doubles, DeClerk of Kewanee had a count of 677 in the doubles, but his partner could connect for only 503, making their total 1180.
Art Vinall and Roy Krabbenhoeft couldn’t connect at the same time, but they had a score of 1219 for the doubles. The Servus Rubber team registered a good series and is leading in its class with 2748.”
February 15, 1932
“Five men broke the alley record at the Harms hotel bowling alley yesterday afternoon for the high five men score. A total of 1035 pins was secured. The bowlers and the scores they made follow: W. H. Aldrich, 224; Oscar Liitt, 224; Louis Heitman, 191; George Huckstedt, 190; Chas. Wilson, 195.
Thursday evening a the Rock Island club alleys the Independents of the Tri-City Bowling league will roll the club team.”
-The Daily Times
February 1, 1909