H.T. Kegel Club, 
founded 1888
1st President, A. Krieger

Kegel Club Gemuetlichkeitfounded 1889
1st President, A. Krieger 

Germania Halle had two kegel clubs during its early days.

The game of Kegel originated in ancient Germany. A kegel was originally a wooden club carried as a general purpose tool. It was used as hammer, a weapon, and on Sundays after church it became a target.  Churchgoers would place their Kegel in the church yard and bowl a stone at it, believing they would be freed from sin if they hit it!  Sometimes up to 15 pins were used in a game, but eventually, 9 pins were deemed more appropriate. Modern 10 pin bowling evolved from there.