Trouble in River City

The 1906 New Era hadn’t reported an influx of bowling alleys, but the Board of Aldermen were taking swift action to prevent the arrival of such potentially dangerous influences.

Ordinance No. 55, as published in the Skidmore New Era, July 5, 1906:

Ordinance No. 55
An Ordinance regulating Bowling Alleys.
Be it ordained by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Skidmore as follows:
Sec. 1.  No person shall within the corporate limits of the City of Skidmore, set up, keep or use or permit to be set up, kept or used on premises belonging to or under his control any Bowling Alley, Ten Pin Alley, or Ball Alley of any kind and used for playing games upon without first securing a license therefor, for which such license shall be paid the sum of twenty dollars, and further shall be subject in all respects to the requirements of Chapter 16, being an ordinance of this city adopted June 10, 1901.
Adopted July 2, 1906.
W. R. Linville, Mayor
E. M. Stokes, City Clerk.

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