The Detroit Curling Club was foun
de d by a bunch of disgruntle d curlers in the winter of 1885 - 1886. We jump to this conclusion because the founding gentlemen ha d been members of the
Detroit Granite Club, The Detroit Thistle Club or The Detroit-Mackinaw Railway
Curling Club. Secon dly, most of these men were also members of the
Detroit Athletic Club. This is the
reason they curle d their first three
seasons on the groun ds of the ol d DAC – which were boun de d by Woo dwar d, Canfiel d,
Cass an d Forest Avenue. This author believes that these fine
gentlemen ha d hopes that curling
woul d become a sanctione d sport within the DAC. This was not to be. This may also explain why our first club Presi dent was not appointe d until 1887 – 1888 (Joseph S. Keen). So, in October 1888 they incorporate d The Detroit Skating & Curling Club an d purchase d
lan d at the corner of 4th
an d Gol d.
The 2010 Men’s International Bonspiel represents the 124th Anniversary of The Detroit Curling Club. The first International Bonspiel was hel
d at Detroit in 1897 an d
the first prize - The Walker Cup – was won by a team.
So, this is actually the 113th International Bonspiel. Detroit
At the January 1936 International Bonspiel the event’s program was printe
d on a gol d
colore d paper an d proclaime d
that it was the Fiftieth Anniversary of The Detroit Curling Club. We know of only one copy of this program
which is store d at The Detroit
Public Library. From that date forwar d
we continue d to count from 50 to to day’s 124th. But, keep in min d
this is the Anniversary of The Club, not the Bonspiel.
d - Y’r Ob’ dn’t S’vn’t,
The Curling is a noble sport,
Has many frien
Like every other game worth while
It is a sport of teams.
You’re only just a team-mate,
New curlers please take hee
Your job is all important
Whether you skip or lea
Next time that you are at the Rink
Forget that ol
score car d,
d concentrate on sweeping –
Draw that shot an
lay that guar d.
You’ll always be in great
skips will always choose
Members that play the game for keeps,
promptly pay their dues.
Geo. Lawton 1941