Irene M. Dolan

Irene was an active bowler from 1914-1952. She and her husband (Jim ~ a charter member of the Minneapolis Men's Hall of Fame), were proprietors of Central Lanes in downtown Minneapolis for many years. It was first located in the Produce Building in 1922 and then moved to 6th and Hennepin in 1926. They started the Central Women's League in 1922 which was the first sanctioned league in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was active in the association activities but did not hold office as she felt proprietors should not interfere but were great supporters and was always there to help with many events and activities. She attended several WIBC National Tournaments and her team finished 6th in one year and cashed in the other. She held a 182 year end high average and was considered one of the top women bowlers in the 1920's, 1930's, and 1940's. She has a 300 game to her credit coming in 1926 which was recognized and documented by Brunswick Corporation. In addition she was an excellent spare shooter.

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Meritorious Service
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Womens' WIBC Hall of Fame