Oakland: The World's Most Perfect Ice Palace
From The Bulletin, 9 October 1920.
Record-breaking crowds are attending each of the skating sessions at Duquesne Garden, which opened its 1920 season on Saturday, October 2. Skating is held every evening with the exception of Wednesday and Saturday when three performances are given. Saturday morning has been set aside for school children. Hundreds of youngsters have taken advantage of this special arrangement to learn the popular winter sport.
Duquesne Garden, which is the only indoor ice skating establishment in this part of the state, has been redecorated for the present season, many new features being added to its attractiveness. A new $5,000 sanitary soda fountain has just been installed. This is one of the many new attractions to be found in the Oakland rink.
This is the sixth year of the garden's existence under the present management, known as the Duquesne Garden Amusement Company. Hunt B. Miller is president of the organization and Paul Qualtrough, besides managing the place is secretary and treasurer.
The management is preparing for another great season in ice hockey which proved to be a success for the past four years. Last season the team which was known as the P. A. A. seven made a great record by winning 30 out of 34 games played. Thousands of fans attended each of the games which were held on Friday and Saturday evenings. Some of the contests were played on Mondays and Tuesdays to help raise funds to pay the expense of the American Hockey team to the Olympic games held at Antwerp last July.
This year's team is expected to be one that will be capable of meeting any team in the country. Games will also be played with some of the leading aggregations throughout the Dominion of Canada. As yet no announcement has been made by the garden officials as to when the hockey season would open.
Besides the ice skating rink, the garden officials are operating one of the largest dance halls in the country. The Duquesne Garden Ball Room, located on the second floor, has been used by some of the leading clubs and societies in the city for their annual dances.