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UNMACHT, Martin. (Dubuque, IA, Oct. 4, 1895—Dubuque, IA, Mar. 12, 1953). Dubuque’s “Mr. Bowling.” At the time of his death, Unmacht was the only person in the history of the American Bowling Congress to have served twice as the president of the 17 million member organization. Selected to serve on the executive board of the American Bowling Association in 1931, he worked his way up from the position of seventh vice-president in 1931 and was first installed as president in March, 1942. (1) When recalled to service in WORLD WAR II, he continued to serve as the association's president. (2)

One of the founders of the Dubuque Bowling Association in 1926, he served as the organization’s first secretary-treasurer and held the position for 16 years. (3) He assisted in the dedication of the Dubuque Bowling Memorial in 1945. (4) He was inducted into the Iowa Bowling Hall of Fame in March 1961. (5)



1. "Unmacht Set for Army," Telegraph Herald, Mar. 31, 1942, p. 9. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=DVdFAAAAIBAJ&sjid=_LsMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3566,3596340&dq=martin+unmacht+dubuque&hl=en

2. Ibid.

3. "Local Bowlers Elect Earl Kruse President," Telegraph Herald, Feb. 16, 1942, p. 7. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=5DpFAAAAIBAJ&sjid=lLsMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3528,5405724&dq=martin+unmacht+dubuque&hl=en

4. "Dedicate Bowling Memorial," Telegraph Herald, Jan. 25 1945, p. 12. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=WFRFAAAAIBAJ&sjid=7LsMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3453,570806&dq=martin+unmacht+dubuque&hl=en