Yesterday’s story and video of 1983 Eagle Point focused on the auction of memorabilia from the pavilion.  Bill Tuttle outbid the others to take possession of the Eagle Point Hotel and Beautiful Clark Lake signs.  More recently, Bill donated them to the Community Center.  Now both signs hang on the walls of the historic cottage (scroll down for the photos).

Because of the story, another piece of Clark Lake’s past emerged.  Here’s Karen Ford’s connection to the pavilion auction.  Both Karen and her husband, Dorrol, were avid bowlers.  Knowing there were bowling alleys in the pavilion that would be part of the auction, they wanted to acquire one of them.  Because they would be traveling, they asked Dorrol’s father to bid.  He was successful.  For $5 the couple became proud owners of an alley that was part of Clark Lake’s past. 

So, what do you do with a bowling alley?  Dorrol went to work on it.  The project started dividing the alley in half.  That was followed by endless sanding and applying seven coats of finish.  After many hours of work, it became a bar.  Dorrol passed away five years ago.  His photo is on the wall nearby.  In the slideshow below, you can see his smiling visage appear to be looking over his handiwork.  The black stripe?  The foul line.   

  • Photo of Dorrol Ford looks over the bowling alley bar surface.
  • Karen Ford points to the foul line.
  • Karen Ford


Rollo Every was a long time owner of the Eagle Point Resort.  He may have been the entrepreneur who installed the bowling alleys in the lower level of the pavilion.  In those days, there were no automatic pinsetters.  Neighborhood kids would earn money by setting the pins manually.

To view the 1983 video, please click here

Bill Tuttle holds the sign just before donating it.

Both signs now hang in the Community Center.