Originally Posted by JohnF
Bert Barkow (son?)
Note in ABC Bowling Hall of Fame:
RUSS GERSONDE I think this is your guy.
Born: Sept. 15, 1907
Died: March 14, 1989
Inducted 1968 A one-time ABC champion, Gersonde was one of the tallest of the leading bowlers at 6-4 1/2. He bowled on Milwaukees best teams for many years. Gersonde won 12 major doubles titles, seven with Bert Barkow, four with fellow Hall of Famer Frank Benkovic and one with Ernie Imse. His five Wisconsin B.A. all-events titles is an all-time record.
The Barkow family name is ubiquitous in Wisconsin, far more there than any other state. Their ancestors immigrated to Wisconsin from Germany in the 1800s (I'd guess). The only Bert Barkow listed on Switchboard in Wisconsin is:
Bert E. Barkow
N107W14083 OVERLOOK CT
GERMANTOWN, WI 53022
Germantown, Waukesha, and Ozaukee are all outlying suburbs of Milwaukee. This appears to be the phone listing for the Bert Barkow who passed away last year (same age) - - the guy who might be the son of your "B. Barkow."
This is from the U.S. Social Security Death Index:
Birth Date.....24 Aug 1904
Death Date...26 Oct 1988
State Where Issues..Wisconsin
Death Residence ZIP...53216 (Milwaukee)
A phone call to the above number might confirm that the father of the Bert Barkow who just passed away was a bowler also named Bert.