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A steel hull, in which the air tanks are located, has been used for safety and the tanks make the "duck" non-sinkable, according to Mac Matthews, company president. Atop the hull is the aluminum cabin with its interior mahogany finish. Two 35-horsepower outboard motors furnish the power when the "duck" is used as a house board and can push the floating home up to about 14 miles per hour. From the Stratford State Journal Feb 15, 1962 Har-Mac Factory Purchased New Owners Expect to be Operating May 1 After several weeks of negotiations, the Har-Mac, Inc., plant here was sold last Friday to the Northern Star Mobile Homes Company, whose head offices are in St. Paul, Minne- sota. The company operates a mobile home factory in Guttenberg, Iowa, and one in St. Paul, but is being forced to vacate the latter plant because of urban improvements in that city. The Har-Mac plant has been idle for two years, and the company was adjudged bankrupt last year. The plant, which has an area of 2,000 square feet, was started in 1954 and atone time 110 were employed there. President of the Northern Star Mobile Homes is Don W. Ferring, Vice President and general manager is Dean Weiland. He, and Roy Swalen, superintendent, will move to Stratford in the very near future to prepare the plant here for operation. Production here will emphasize the larger models of mobile homes, the 10 and 12 wides. At present, the plans are to hold production to one unit per day, with an employment force of 30 to 40 men. Stratford Bowling Itcan not be denied. Stratford is a bowling town. On any given night Kegler's Kove is filled with bowlers. Meetings are scheduled around bowling nights as whole families are in- volved in the sport. This is nothing new. In the 1930's and 40's some of the headlines in the Stratford Journal were about bowling scores. It all began in 1927. Pete Grassl, Sr. and Joseph Ritger had two lanes (where Rocky's Tavern is now). Five years later they moved to where the present Sauter Kundinger Funeral Home is. In 1936 they moved again, this time to the basement of the Connor Building and two more lanes were added. It was managed by Ted Zoellner, Tony Stock and Ted Oettinger. Other managers were: 1956-58 Bill Schroepfer and Jim Weber 1958-59 Chuck "Tuffy" Doll and Sam ? On Nov. 15, 1959 a fire destroyed the building owned by Davel Bros. and with it the bowling alleys. In December of 1960 Lawrence and Belen Drexler opened the new Holiday Lanes with six lanes. Women had one league and bowled Wednesday and Thursday nights. "Storky" left in 1975. July 31, 1975 Lions leased lanes from Davel Bros. for one year and were managed by Larry Propp. July 1, 1976 Keglers Kove - Dale and Annita Pokallus purchased it from Stratford Lions Club. 1988 League split into two separate Leagues. Wednes- day Keglers Klassic and Thursday Keglers Kove Ladies. Old Timers: Vic Guenther Madellyn Weber Stella Knoll Helen Zoellner Lucy Kohlbeck Ted's Tavern From Stratford Journal, Oct. 1936 Open New Tavern in Auditorium Ted Oettinger and Ted Zoellner, who have been busy the past two months, announce this week that their tavern and bowling alleys in the basement of the auditorium are ready for occupancy. The alleys, regulation size, have been installed in that part of the Connor store basement that was occupied by the shower rooms and ladies' dressing room. The tavern, which was remodeled by Fred Lillge, is occupying the space formerly used by the club rooms and men's dressing rooms. The stairway has been moved to just south of the door and enterance to the auditorium and goes directly to the alleys. A new bar and back bar, both built by Fred Lillge, occupy the north wall. Booths will be placed on the south side but probably will not be installed in time for the opening. From Stratford Journal, October 3, 1940 Bowling Season The Stratford Keglers will have the treat this year of bowling on new alleys. The proprietors of Ted's Tavern have rented space in the basement of Davel's store, and have moved all their old equipment there, and have installed new equip- ment there to double and improve the bowling facilities of Stratford.
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