The name crokinole is derived from the French word “croquignole” meaning “cookie or biscuit” in reference to the playing discs used in the game. The oldest crokinole board documented to date was created by Eckhardt Wettlaufer (1845-1919) in Ontario, Canada. Eckhardt was a wagonmaker and he used his woodworking and ornamental painting skills to create a board for his son’s fifth birthday in 1876. This board is now part of the collection at the Joseph Schneider Haus, a national historic site in Kitchener, Ontario. Eventually the board was patented in the United States by Joshua K. Ingals in 1880 and then manufactured, first in New York and later in Pennsylvania. The game went on to gain popularity in these areas especially among the Amish Mennonite communities where it was a more acceptable pastime than playing cards.