They would begin working at the bowling alley when they were 12 to 14 years old, starting out by earning seven cents per line and, if they worked well, getting a raise to 10 cents per line.
"With child labor laws like they are, you'd never be able to have a job like that today," said Jack Hinds
Ron Linden, Gene Young, Roger Linden, Don Price, Gene Holbrook and Jack Hinds are sitting in the offices of Smith Brothers attorneys and reminiscing about the Lexington Bowling Alley.
Paul and Augusta Burnett opened the bowling alley around 1949. As it happens, Smith Brothers was above the city's bakery. One night the threat of a fire in downtown Lexington forced the Smith family to pack up the office's legal records and move them safely off-site.
The task involved hauling several dozens of boxes down a flight of steep stairs. After the threat of the fire had passed, Smith's father looked at the job of carrying those boxes back up the stairs and decided it was time to expand.
The building housing the current law office, as well as the bowling alley, was constructed.
Back in the day, customers paid 25 cents per line to bowl, including shoes.
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