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Monday, December 28, 2009

New Gretna Bowling Quiz

We had discussed the popularity of baseball and car racing in New Gretna here at the Blog. Another sport that was particularly popular in the 1960's and 1970's was bowling. In my reading of old Tuckerton Beacon newspapers, the posting of various bowling team and league scores were common during those eras.

The following photo shows a New Gretna bowling team from the early to mid 1960's. I thought it might be fun to have a Bowling Quiz regarding the team photo.

Can you name the person
and give his number on the above photo?

(A) He ran a local business and sponsored the team. Hint- The color of the team's shoes has recently become a nickname for the team sponsor's son who currently lives in New Gretna. It appears that the apple does not fall far from the tree.

(B) He ran a local grocery store in town and was an officer in the New Gretna Volunteer Fire Company.

(C) He owned and operated a neighboring marina on the Mullica River for many years.

(D) He lived on Frenches Lane and was the building inspector in New Gretna when Jackie and I moved to town in the early 1970's. He was a popular part time roofer for many years.

(E) He originally came to town to work in the Bass River CCC Camp and married a local girl. They first lived in Pleasantville then moved to the home of his bride's uncle, Washy Allen, on Route 9 in New Gretna. His bowling claim to fame was the rolling of a 299 game.

(F) The unknown bowler. Perhaps someone out in the Blog-O-Sphere can identify him for me.

Last time we ran a contest here at the Blog, we didn't get any response, so for this contest I decided to offer a free breakfast with an esteemed Blog reader and New Gretna history buff, Jim McAnney, as a prize for the first person to answer all of the questions correctly. Now, that ought to bring in a ton of responses!

Also, if anyone out on the Blog-O-Sphere bowled on a New Gretna team, let's hear from you. What team, who were your team mates, and where did you bowl?

Pete S


  1. #1 Stan Cramer
    #2 ?
    #3 Eddie Bourginon
    #4 Owen Carty
    #5 Bud Steele
    #6 Bob Brown

  2. Anonymous,

    Very good except we still have the Unknown bowler.

    I assume from your not signing your Bowling Quiz answers, that you are avoiding breakfast with Jim McAnney should you become our winner. Now, there's a blow to his ego!

    Pete S

  3. Pete,

    I can identify 5 of the 6 - no 1 Stanley Cramer; no 2 ?; no 3 Eddie Bourginon, no 4 Owen Carty; no 5 Bud Steele; no 6 Bob Brown. No 2 must be someone who moved into New Gretna after I left in 1951.

    Don Maxwell

  4. Donald,

    Thanks for your input but still no cigar! The plot thickens as to just who the Unknown Bowler might be. I have a good lead but am still hoping for a positive identification from one of our Blog readers. Stay tuned!

    Pete S

  5. Pete:

    A wild guess on the unknown bowler - "Don Crossman". You got the right ID on the others.

    The members of a NG team I bowled with are Ed & Lou Bourguignon, Pratt Cramer, Walt Roberts and Fred Smith. We journeyed to lanes in Egg Harbor. It was the year of the Sputnik.

    Clif Brown

  6. Pete:

    Stan Cramer was also on the team.

    Clif Brown