Syracuse American, May 19, 1929
The Smiths are going strong in bowling!
The big Smith bowler of America, of course, is Jimmy Smith, the peer of all alley artists, who hails from Milwaukee.
Syracuse has another Smith in the making. Not a man bowler. Now a woman bowler.
The Smith referred to is a 9-year-old girl, a Central New York blueblood product, whose home is in the village of Solvay.
This kid of the alleys is little Martha Smith, the 9-year-old daughter of Mrs. Elinore Smith of 213 Lamont Avenue, Solvay.
At the age of 9 years, this young lady has shown a genius on the bowling alleys, which is the talk of the town. Within the last month the kid has toppled over the pins at least 10 times, with a score of better than 175.
While establishing a consistent record of 175 or over within the past month, this young lady has scored as high as 196.
Did you get that?
One hundred and ninety-six.
And only a 9-year-old kid!
Young Martha posed for her picture at Doran’s alleys in Solvay like a veteran. Rolling a heavy ball for a good card is just as natural for her as skipping rope on the sidewalk is to other girls her age.
Martha hopes to be up in front with the ranking women bowlers in this part of the country someday.
Eloise Jones, who won the Journal-American Central New York women’s tournament, had better look to her scoring records.
The Doran boys, Bill and Francis, at whose alleys Martha has been bowling ever since she took yip the game, says that she can already beat many men bowlers.
You will hear from Martha Smith as a bowling champion some day. At the present time Martha is in the “4-2” grade in the Prospect School of Solvay.