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Parkview Lanes closed because of economy

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Parkview Lanes bowling alley manager Jan Pierce said a lot of tears have been shed since the establishment's official closing Monday.

"The last couple nights we have cried a lot. Monday was awful," Pierce said Wednesday morning after days of working to clear out the building. "There's a lot of different emotions -- angry, sad."

She said the poor economy was to blame for the closing of the bowling alley, which was constructed by Pierce's father, Don Frank, at the location just behind the park in 1993.

"The economy has gone downhill. The kids aren't interested (in bowling) any more. They are into video games and sports, but this isn't a sport they are interested in," Pierce said.

The bowling alley opened under the ownership of Frank and his wife, Carlene, in 1993. Carlene Frank ran the bowling alley until she passed away unexpectedly in 2002.

In 2003, Pierce and her husband Jay took over management of the establishment, and have worked at the bowling alley for almost 10 years.

Pierce said a Linton bowling alley had been a part of the community as long as she could remember, noting the one prior was owned by Pat Sparks and located where American Rental is now.

The first bowling alley in the county was opened in the 1950s by Waldon Jones on West Vincennes St. above an old plumbing shop.

Pierce said she would miss the friends she made during her years at the bowling alley.

"We have met all kinds of people. ... We will miss our friends more than anything. They are like family to us. These people would come in three, four and five times a week. We played cards and we did karaoke," Pierce said.

She added the employees had become close family members. Employees Debra Cullison, Jenny Burdette and Steve Miller had been working at the bowling alley since Pierce had taken over. Katelynn Cherry was been hired within the last month, but Pierce said she had quickly bonded with the other employees.

"Debra Cullison has been here since the place opened in 1993. She used to work at the old bowling alley, too. She has been the longest employee here and she is very dedicated," Pierce said. "She is torn up about it."

Pierce added she will miss having the local Special Olympics team practice in preparation for the state competition.

"We always enjoyed that they don't have a care in the world. They are fun to be with and fun to watch," Pierce said. "Last week was the last week to practice before they went to state. I'm glad we were able to stay open long enough for that."

Since the closing of the bowling alley Monday, Pierce said she has been overwhelmed with the support of her customers and the community during the difficult time.

Members of the local Greene County Shrine Club and Elks Lodge showed up to help get the building cleaned up, including Todd and Bren Heaton. Members of the bowling leagues, Jamie Woodward and Dan and Theresa Carpenter, also visited to help with clean-up.

"Our daughter, Tabitha Wright, and her friend came out to help. If it weren't for her we'd still be here looking at everything," Pierce said.

Pierce said she hopes someone will purchase Parkview Lanes so it can re-open for the community.

"I hope somebody gets it and opens it back up. There really isn't anything for the older community to do around here. Now people will have to drive to Washington, Sullivan or Terre Haute to bowl," Pierce said.

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How much are they wanting for it and can the finiancial records be reviewed? I know a few people that may be interested, myself being one of them. I used to go there alot as a kid but I admit I have not done so for a long time. However, I am interested in trying to keep this alive in and for Linton.

-- Posted by Zinkos on Wed, Dec 12, 2012, at 4:46 PM

I want to know how it can be the economy when people say it was packed all the time.

-- Posted by baseballdad on Wed, Dec 12, 2012, at 8:01 PM

The first memory I have of the Linton Bowling alley was in 1956 when it was located on West Vincennes St. above Marcel Coloumb's plumbing shop. It was only 4 lanes then and had pin boys rather than the fancy equipment of today. You also had to keep your own score with an actual pencil and paper!

My family owned it.

Waldon Jones

-- Posted by Miner66 on Wed, Dec 12, 2012, at 10:42 PM

YES, Waldon Jones had the bowling alley on west Vincennes St. above MAC Tylers Plumbing and Heating I set pins for him on alley #4. His Mom helped him run it,we called her Mrs. Jones, her name was Lois. Then it was Fern and Ruth Duvivier who took over when Waldon sold it. I also set pins for Fern and Ruth until I got out of school,I started setting pins for Waldon when i was 10 years old,and stayed there till graduation. I then helped Fern with some of the moving of the alleys to the Ladsons Sporting Goods building [which later became Rent-A-Center] then Fern sold his part to someone else and then Pat Sparks got it,then sold to Dale Kinnette, then Don bought into it and then they built the present alleys which later Don bought Dale out. Lots of old memories of the old bowling lanes

-- Posted by pappy0f8 on Thu, Dec 13, 2012, at 11:54 AM

Please feel free to share your memories with us in the Facebook group "If you grew up in Linton, In. do you remember". There are over 1,700 members in the group which share a vast amount information of the Linton area as well as great pictures dating back to the 1800's.


-- Posted by dorindaJ on Fri, Dec 14, 2012, at 9:42 AM

Why would you put a business so far from the high traffic areas? You can't see it from the highway, and the sign for the business does not attract any attention. Sometimes I forget that it is even back there.

-- Posted by telle man on Fri, Dec 14, 2012, at 11:24 AM

So sad.

Thanks for posting the facebook link, DorindaJ. I enjoy that page!

-- Posted by Blueyedame on Fri, Dec 14, 2012, at 6:53 PM

How can someone make contact with Mr. or Mrs. Pierce?

-- Posted by wfstarr on Sat, Dec 15, 2012, at 4:52 PM

Posted by Blueyedame on Fri, Dec 14, 2012, at 6:53 PM

So sad.

Thanks for posting the facebook link, DorindaJ. I enjoy that page!


Liked by dorindaJ :)

-- Posted by dorindaJ on Sun, Dec 16, 2012, at 3:35 PM

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