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OTTAWA RECREATION Bowling Alley 1939-1946
Click photo below to view larger Location of Matag washer sales in the 1930's
In the early 1930's, Victor Unterbrink owned and operated a Maytag washer sales and repair in this building. It is located accross the street from the 2 lane bowling alley. He noticed many men frequenting the business daily.
OTTAWA RECREATION Bowling Alley 1939-1946
In 1939, after much research, he decided to install a new 4 lane bowling alley located on Taft Ave., in the front half of the Stuber building. The back half was used for parking and temporary quarters for the Utility Automotive Equipment Co., a builder of chassis for trucks. They were in the process of installing equipment for their operation. The first building on the corner of Main and Taft was a Clover Farm grocery store operated by Mr. Frank Kahle, then the Ottawa Food Locker, next a town alley, then the building which Ottawa Recreation bowling alley was in, then The Martin Walker Gas station on the corner of 3rd St. and Taft Ave.
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The photo appears to be early 1940's, the exact date is not known.
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Current photo of the lot which Ottawa Recreation bowling alley building stood on, the Walker Gas station (corner of 3rd and Taft), it is still being used today as storage.
Ottawa Recreation bowling alley remained here until April 1st, 1946 when it was completly destroyed by fire. The only thing left standing, was a single water pipe, part of a chimney and a large upright safe. Part of the back half of the building was rented temporarily by a new manufacturer coming to town. They had installed a hanging furnace, which according to an acquaintance of Victor, who told him after the fire, that it was not operating properly and would flash fire when igniting. The exact cause of the fire was never determined.
Click to view Putnam County Sentinel account of the fire

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