William N. and Clara Bartholomew lived at 5626 W. Lake Street
in 1949. William was born on September 10, 1890 and died on
May 16, 1987. Clara U. Bartholomew was born on July 14,
1890, and died on September 27, 1988. For about 35
years, William was the head timer at national, State
and area speed skating events. He was a member of the
speed skating timing committees at the U.S. Olympic trials
in the 1950s.
Bill and Clara had five children:
Earl Bartholome was born on June 21, 1913. He dropped
the w from the end of his name in order to avoid confusion
with younger brother Ken (see below). Earl graduated from West High School
in Minneapolis in 1932. He played on the high school hockey
team, which won three straight city championships. He went
on to play 18 seasons of professional hockey, from 1933 to
1952, first with Rochester, NY, with the AHL. The Cleveland
Barons bought him in 1936 and he went to the playoffs 14
times. He played for Cleveland for ten years, and the Barons
won the Calder Cup three times while he was there. He also
played for the Minneapolis Millers in the 1940’s. After he
retired from professional hockey, he played some amateur
hockey locally, and refereed and coached several teams. He
worked for Insulation Sales for 30 years. In 1977 he was
enshrined in the American Hockey Hall of Fame at Eveleth. He
was a true competitor in softball, bowling and golf. He was
an active member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church and
their Open Gate Club, the Old Timers Hockey Association,
C.O.R.E.S., and the Minneapolis Breakfast Club. He lived at
4140 Brunswick from 1945 until his death on January 27, 2002.
Earl married Lauretta Rice in 1932. Lauretta, born
February 28, 1911, was an
athlete in her own right; she boxed with her brothers,
golfed and was known as a home-run queen in the Minneapolis
Park Board Softball League. She traveled around the
country as her husband's career dictated, and they settled
in St. Louis Park in 1945. Lauretta passed away on
August 13, 2007 at the age of 96.
Earl and Lauretta had 3 children:
Judith Earlette Bartholome (Park class of 1951) married
Robert Lewis Burton, also a 1951 Park grad., on June 28,
1952, and he passed away November 7, 1988. Bob and Judy
have four sons.
Diane Wendy Bartholome (class of 1953) married Thomas
Lewis Irving @ 1957.
Terry Earl Bartholome (class of 1954) played football,
basketball, but mostly hockey at Park High.
Patricia Ann Franks, a 1955 Park grad., on September 27,
1958. He played hockey at
the U of M and became a professional baseball
player with the Detroit Tigers. Terry passed away
on April 20, 2008.
Bill and Clara's children, continued:
Vern Bartholomew (wife Bernie)
Kenneth Bartholomew (born in 1920) (wife Evelyn, 5 daughters) was an outstanding speed skater.
He won 14 national speed skating titles and a silver medal
in the 500-meter race at the 1948 Winter Olympics in San
Moritz, Switzerland. He
is a member of the U.S. Speed Skating and Minnesota Sports
Halls of Fame. In the 1974 Senior Olympics, he won
four gold medals. He worked as a lineman and repair
man for Northwestern Bell and also owned a tree service. In
his later years he competed in ski jumping and golf. A
photo of Ken and other speed skaters is on the Hennepin
County Library's Park Activities web page. Ken died on
October 9, 2012 at the age of 92. See his
obituary in the StarTribune. Photo at right
courtesy Hennepin County Library Special Collections.
Ardys Bartholomew Brown
Carl Bartholomew, born July 19, 1914, died October
13, 1995. Carl competed in the roller derby in Europe
and once held the world record for nonstop speed skating -
54 1/2 hours.