James I. Holcomb (the namesake of the J.I. Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium) and Jacob Frederick “Fred” Hoke met during a Jefferson, Kentucky, Sunday School class in 1894.  The two men could not have been more different intellectually – Holcomb attended the University of Michigan, Hoke did not finish the 8th grade.  Together, the formed a company  – Holcomb & Hoke – which would last over 100 years and produce many different types of products, including the Box Ball Bowling Alley Lanes advertised in the 1907 clipping above.