Albion Interactive History / People / Mike Tomchak

Albion Interactive History

Albion Interactive History / People

Mike Tomchak, 1892
    Died 1947

Mike Tomchak operated a popular pool hall and grocery store at 612 Austin Avenue from the 1920s through the 1940s. A native of Leskova, Russia, Mike came to Albion during World War I and originally worked at the Albion Malleable Iron Company prior to becoming a “west end” merchant. His establishment eventually became known as Tomchak’s Tavern and was continued by his widow Catherine (1911-2002) through the 1960s. This aluminum token was good for 5 cents in trade and was used in conjunction with pool games throughout the 1930s.

Source: Frank Passic. Albion in the 20th Century. Chicago, IL: Arcadia Publishing. 2002.

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