Thursday evenings won’t be the same for a dedicated group of volunteers since Cheryl Young, Albion, shouted the final “Bingo” of the evening on Dec. 8.
That resounding “Bingo” ended 56 years of Thursday evening bingo games sponsored by Albion St. Michael’s Knights of Columbus Council #1739.
Albion entrepreneur and fellow Knight Paul Thies (now deceased) was a leader in beginning bingo in 1959, said KC member John Smith of Albion. The first games took place in the Shopper building on Albion’s Main Street, which Thies owned.
“I worked the first game and I’ll work the last game,” said KC member Jack Leifeld of Albion.
“And he has worked (at games) in between the first and last games,” added KC member Adolph Liss.
In earlier days, weekly bingo drew crowds of several hundred people, but interest has diminished over the years.
See feature by Twylla Crosby in this week’s Albion News Print and E-Editions.