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the intersection of Saskatchewan Ave. and Royal Road. Thos. J. Kernahan is credited with introducing the game to the city.
Ten pins was the popular game and teams from Portage fre quently competed in Winnipeg, very often winning impressive victories. NIr. Kernahan, himself, was one of the best bowlers in the Province. He had more than one perfect game of 300. He also competed successfully in Chicago and Minneapolis.
After the Brown's Block burned down in 1940, alleys were established elsewhere: the upper storey of Prior's store, which was where the Hollinsworth store is now (minus the upper storey), and later in the Anderson Block on the south side of Saskatchewan Ave. The latter block, also, burned down in 1943.
Plans were announced in March of 1961 that a $140,000 shopping centre was planned, the site to be between 21st and 22nd Streets. The 320 ft. by 72 ft. structure was completed the same year, and while a large part of the buiilding was occupied by the grocery and food business there was also enough space for the installation of a 12-1ane bowling alley. This alley named "Prairie Lanes" is completely automatic and Mr. John D. McCowan has
owned and operated it since the date of its opening. An ardent bowler himself, he is an ideal
man for the business.
John Harrison with trophy.
Mr. McCowan loaned us a bowling scrapbook (of latter years) which he has added to as events occurred. It was our in ten tion to list the names of all Portage trophy winners. How ever, upon perusing the thick volume that he has preserved, we find it is impossible to do so in limited space. There are literally hundreds of names which would have to be included. Add to that explanatory words on the various events and you will have an idea of the space that would be con sumed! Therefore, it is necessary to confine the bow ling history to a few of the highlights.