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Women’s wrestling at Woodland Auditorium, 1946

Posted on July 25, 2014 | in Uncategorized | by
Action picture of women's wrestling match at Woodland auditorium. Nell Stewart, blonde, with Violet Viann applying a variation of the toehold. Frank Bunch, referee. 11/5/1946 There was an auditorium built near the center of the park in the 1880’s that was used for concerts, conventions and other public meetings. In October 1905, the frame auditorium was replaced by a large brick one that stood at the northeast corner of Kentucky Avenue and East High Street.

Women’s professional wrestling was featured at Woodland Auditorium on Nov. 5, 1946. The auditorium, showcasing everything from professional wrestling to piano performers on the classical music circuit, was built about the turn of the century. It was condemned for public use in 1952 and was torn down sometime in the 1970s. It stood near the corner of East High Street and Kentucky Avenue. In this photo, Violet Viann applied a variation of a toehold on Nell Stewart, as referee Frank Bunch observed.



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