Bowling Comes to Skidmore

While a pool table might have started with “P,” which rhymes with “T” (and that stands for “trouble”), Skidmore, Missouri obtained a different type of game, as we see in this item from the February 19, 1914 edition of the Skidmore New Era, page 4:

With the Bowlers

Business started with a rush at the new Ten Pin Alley. The shining pins and the highly polished surface of the alley presented a very pleasing spectacle and the boys played some classy games. Several good scores were made and with a little practice Skidmore may have at least two good bowling teams.

Gentlemen!  Do Not Hesitate to bring your wifes & sisters and friends to bowl.  We expect to run a clean respectable business and balls of suitable weight are provided for the ladies. -- Harry Hardin

From the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), February 19, 1914, page 4.