Visit the USGenWeb Project Website Visit the IAGenWeb Project Website

 What's New

Coordinator Contact

About Us

Return to the Home Page
Contact the Ringgold Cemeteries
Census the Ringgold Counties
 Ringgold County Churches
family pages links to family
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Copyright Statement
History Ringgold County
Ringgold County IAGenWeb History-Biographies Project
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Lookups
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Mailing Lists
Ringgold County Maps IAGenWeb Project
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Messageboards
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Military
Ringgold County IAGenWeb News Clippings
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Obituaries
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Penny Post Cards
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Photographs
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Queries
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Resources
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Resources
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Site Map
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Surnames
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Front Porch
Ringgold County IAGenWeb Vital Records

This site is supported by
Friends of IAGenWeb

powered by FreeFind

 Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, January 28, 2016, Page 4

By Mike Avitt

This week's photo came the hard way. In 1975, Randy Nurnberg and I shot several reels of Super 8mm film but only two survive today. The reel I have was put on VHS tape around 2002. In 2009, I played the tape on my TV and froze the video on this frame. I then took a photograph of the TV screen with my digital camera and that's how I got this low-quality picture.

I finally have enough information about the Q Club to write a partial history, but I'll tell you about two other pool halls that preceded it first.

An advertisement in the July 7, 1930 Mount Ayr Record-News announces the opening of the Mount Ayr Recreation Club at 107 S. Fillmore, where Hospice is today. A year later, G. E. Tapscott was granted a permit to conduct a private billiard palor in the same location. But that's all I have on that pool hall.

I believe Sam Holland's Mount Ayr Billiard Parlor was the next pool hall and it was located at 116 S. Taylor, where Sweet Escapes is today. I don't know when this pool hall started, but in late April 1949 Mr. Holland sold his business to Elmer "Yum" Motsinger. Rick Wiley gave me a 5 cent token he bought on Ebay that says, "GOOD FOR 5 CENTS IN TRADE" on one side and "HOLLAND BILLIARDS - MOUNT AYR IOWA" on the other side. I don't know when this establishment closed but I know Underwood Auto Supply was at this location by 1965.

The Q Club got its start in December 1948 when Leo Hacker and O. B. "Jack" Hutchinson closed the Mount Ayr Cafe for remodeling at 122 S. Taylor. The business reopened at the end of the month as the Q Club. An advertisment in the December 24, 1948 Mount Ayr Record-News says the new pool hall has five snooker tables, two 8-ball tables and a shuffleboard.

At some point, the Q Club was sold to Kenneth Marley and he sold the poll hall to Truman Dulany in February of 1963. Truman sold the Q Club to Carroll "Lefty" Geist around the last of March 1966. "Lefty" was the last owner with the closing out sale being held June 22, 1975.

I have very clear memories of the Q Club as I spent more hours there than I did at school. My teachers will back me up on that! The pool hall still had five snooker tables but no 8-ball tables of shuffleboard in the early 70s. There were two pinball machines that got a great deal of play, especially on Saturday night. Whoever reached the highest score for the week, got a prize of one dollar on Monday morning.

Soda pop and candy were sold there but not alcohol or tobacco. HermanTipton and Truman Dulany worked during the week and Crae Geist was our host on Saturdays.

I saw my first one hundred dollar bill at the pool hall. I believe it was in the possession of Steve Calhoun. I also saw my first video game there and it was called "Pong." Later, the video game, "centipede," made its appearance at the Q Club.

There were no restroom facilities for the ladies and there barely was for the gents. One urinal in the corner was protected by a partition with no door. That was it, folks.

Several hand-made signs adorned the smoke-encrusted walls. One said, "No Cussing," but that didn't stop one young man from inventing a multitude of swear words that he still uses today. Another said, "Behave or Be Gone," but I chose to stay anyway.

There were a few fights. I saw a 127 pound wrestler whip a guy three times his size. And I broke my pool cue, which I got for my birthday, fighting with my cousin Robin McFall. Most fights took place outside.

Lots of old men just hung out in the pool hall. They would sit for hours and just watch games being played. There was no telephone or television.

Jim Pottorff and Mack Sickels were two of the best snooker players I remember. I know others would argue with me but that's another thing we did at the pool hall - argued. And gambled, despite what the sign said.

This was back in a time when shirt and shoes were not required and I sometimes stepped on live cigarette butts (sometimes my own!) with my bare feet. Somehow, cigarette butts ended up on the floor instead of the ashtray.

I'm sure to get a lot [of] comments on this article and maybe I'll share them with you sometime.

Photograph courtesy of Mount Ayr Record-News
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2016

You are our visitor!
Thank You for stopping by!

© Copyright 1996-
Ringgold Co. IAGenWeb Project
All rights Reserved.