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ARTICLE_DESCRIPTION <img width="50" height="75" align="left" alt=" " vspace="1" hspace="4" src="/lochist/userfiles/images/resized/skaters2_50x75.jpg" />1951 Roller skating at the Roll Arena.&nbsp; A Bias magazine article about the &quot;good clean healthful fun&quot; of roller skating, its impact on Springfield and the professional skaters who started at local rinks.<br />
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ARTICLE_TEXT <p><img width="221" height="225" align="left" alt=" " vspace="1" hspace="4" src="/lochist/userfiles/images/resized/skaters1_221x225.jpg" /><b>Bias magazine</b><i><b><br /> </b></i>October 17, 1951</p> <p>&quot;Good clean healthful fun.&nbsp; That's roller skating -- and there's lots of it in Springfield and the older folks go for it as well as the youngsters, as our cover picture [left] shows.&nbsp; It was taken one night last week at the Star Roll Arena, while a get acquainted party was in progress.&nbsp; A suprising number of Springfield youngsters have become professional skaters and after hard practice on local rinks, have joined travelling companies.&nbsp; <img width="151" height="224" align="right" alt=" " vspace="1" hspace="4" src="/lochist/userfiles/images/resized/skaters2_151x225.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Girls like Miss LaVange[sic] Sanders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Sanders of 1628 North Main, who will be here next month with a touring company.&nbsp; Much of their skill has come from training by Betty Hand and her husband, The Roll Arena's professionals, who are shown&nbsp;[at right] in a graceful turn.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p><i>According to the 1952 Springfield City Directory the Roll Arena was located at 2127 S. Glenstone</i>.&nbsp; <i>A </i><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roller_skating"><i>timeline history of roller skating</i></a><i> can be found on Wikipedia.&nbsp;</i></p>
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Local History

Roller skating

 Bias magazine
October 17, 1951

"Good clean healthful fun.  That's roller skating -- and there's lots of it in Springfield and the older folks go for it as well as the youngsters, as our cover picture [left] shows.  It was taken one night last week at the Star Roll Arena, while a get acquainted party was in progress.  A suprising number of Springfield youngsters have become professional skaters and after hard practice on local rinks, have joined travelling companies. 

 

"Girls like Miss LaVange[sic] Sanders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Sanders of 1628 North Main, who will be here next month with a touring company.  Much of their skill has come from training by Betty Hand and her husband, The Roll Arena's professionals, who are shown [at right] in a graceful turn." 

According to the 1952 Springfield City Directory the Roll Arena was located at 2127 S. GlenstoneA timeline history of roller skating can be found on Wikipedia. 


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