Mrs. G. I. Riley Survives Train Wreck, 1914

From the February 26, 1914 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 4:

Mrs. Riley in Frisco Train Wreck

Mrs. G. I. Riley, of near Skidmore, was in the Frisco train wreck of Monday night, February 16, but escaped with only a few bumps on her head and a badly shaking up.  She says, “I have often read of train wrecks, and sometimes wondered how people who were so fortunate (?) as to be in one felt, but now that I have not only had the pleasure (?) of seeing, but have actually experienced one, I think this will suffice me for a whole lifetime and I never want to see another.”

Mrs. Riley was aboard the passenger train coming out of Springfield for Kansas City, when about four miles out her train was passing a freight train on a switch and the coaches of the passenger struck the freight cars throwing three of the coaches from the track down a twelve foot embankment, wounding sixty passengers, some of them quite badly.  The coach in which Mrs. Riley was in, turned completely over, hurting, more or less, sixteen of the passengers.  It was an awful mix-up, she says.  The lights were extinguished and they were in utter darkness.  On every side could be heard the groans and cries of women and children.  Passengers were scrambling to pull themselves out of broken seats and from baggage, grips and bundles, which had piled upon them as the coach had rolled down the embankment.

Mrs. Riley says when she came to her senses and regained breath enough to speak, she saw in the darkness lying between two seats, a young lady and she said to her, “are you hurt dear, do you think you can get up?” The young lady calmly said, “I think so, if you will get off my feet.”

Mrs. Riley had been in Southern Missouri, where she had been spending the winter with relatives and was on her way to her home in Skidmore.


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Frank Appleman Weds Iva Ward, 1905

Quite a wedding took place on this date in 1905, we think, if this report in the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri) of February 23, 1905 (page 4) is any indication:

In Holy Matrimony.

At high noon on Wednesday, February fifteenth at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Ward, seven miles northwest of Skidmore, Mr. Frank Appleman, of Maitland, and Miss Iva L. Ward were united in wedlock, Rev. W. H. officiating.  The services took place in the west double parlors of the Ward home in the presence of thirty or more of the friends of the contracting parties.  At the close of the service waving all formal congratulations the guests were ushered into the spacious dining hall where a feast was spread in courses as rich as might be expected in a king’s house. Taken all in all this ranked among the first weddings of the season.  A real sensible matter-of-fact wedding in the best appointments.  Miss Della Scott presided at the piano and played the wedding march.

The presents given in memory and tokens of friendship were abundant and well chosen, being both useful and ornamental, some to endure after the donors are no more.

The guests remained in social communion and the enjoyment until the late afternoon hours and then reluctantly retired leaving their best wishes with the bride and groom, to go home feeling that it had been a day of high privilege to them.

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Old Time Spelling Bee, 1913

We think the event described in the February 13, 1913 edition of the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri) spells FUN. We do wonder what spelling word stopped Ruby and the Barretts.

At the Good Will school house, Friday evening, February 7, took place an old time “spelling bee,” the old folk versus the school children.

The captains for the contending forces were Clyde Barrett, for the old folks and Louis McDaniels for the children.

The captains mustered their soldiers in two long lines and then the war of words began.  Ever and anon some brave soldier from one of the lines went down under a hard word.  This was kept up until only three were left.  The three last on the floor were Ruby Wright, Fred M. Barrett and Mrs. R. Barrett, who all missed the same word.

The exercises were then changed and an old fashioned pie social was had, or rather a pie auction.  There were pies and pies and pies — talk about the pies your mother used to make — well, she would have to be a past master in pie making to get in this class.  The pies sold from 60 cents to $2.25 apiece and the boys who bought them and helped eat them said they would have been cheap at twice the money.

After every body had all the pie they wanted, they again changed the order of the evening and voted Mr. Charles Pfeiffer the greatest prevaricator of the evening and Miss Grace Leeman the best looking young lady present.  (Probably Mr. Pfeiffer won his prize by remarking something about the pies being so good and selling so cheap.)

Miss Laura Pugh pronounced for the spelling match and Clyde Barrett was the pie auctioneer.  The way he bragged on those pies he ought to have had at least one half of Charlie Pfeiffer’s prize.

Well everybody had the time of their lives.  Good humor and good fellowship prevailed.  Some of the elderly ladies said they just had a bushel of fun.

The social culminated in a credit of $30 to the exchequer of the Ladies Aid of the Burr Oak Church.

When you want the best time of your life, come to Good Will. — R. Barrett.

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Coldest Day of 1905

We are grateful for modern conveniences such as central heating, aren’t you?  From the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), February 16, 1905, page 1:

Monday Coldest Day.

A report was received Monday morning from Weather Observer Brink, at Maryville, stating that the Government thermometer registered 25 degrees below zero, the coldest weather since February ’99.  That winter the lowest temperature was 27 degrees below.

Train service was badly crippled.  The passenger which should have arrived at 8:13 in the morning did not get in until 12:45.  The delay was caused by the inability of a freight to get through the drifts near Clarinda.  There was no freight from the north Monday and none from the south Tuesday and none at all Wednesday.

Roads were badly blocked and in many places it is impossible to get through today.


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Lyle-Fuller, 1905

Another point to Cupid from the February 16, 1905 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:


Married, Sunday, February 12, at four o’clock, at the bride’s home, six miles west of Barnard, Mr. Fred Lyle and Miss Myrtle J. Fuller.

Mr. and Mrs. Lyle arrived in our city Monday evening and will make this city their home.  We wish for this young couple a happy and prosperous journey through life.


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Snell-Twaddell, 1914

In honor of the hearts-and-flowers season, we bring you this wedding announcement from a somewhat warmer day in 1914.  From the June 4, 1914 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Wedding, Snell-Twaddell.

Miss Nona Snell of Maitland and Mr. Lloyd Twaddell of Skidmore were united in marriage Wednesday, May 27, 15 12:30 o’clock p.m. at the parsonage of the M. E. Church, South, in St. Joseph.

The ceremony was performed by Rev. P. B. Taylor in the presence of Mr. Joseph Shull of Skid- Maitland, who accompanied the young couple to St. Joseph Wednesday morning.

The bride is one of the very popular young ladies and school teachers of Maitland and the groom is a prosperous and industrious young farmer of near Skidmore.  They will go to housekeeping at once on the groom’s farm and will take with them to their new home the best wishes of a host of friends of Skidmore, Maitland and Graham, where the bride and groom are so well known.


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Loucks Anniversary, 1914

We believe the couple in the article below are Abraham Loucks (1848-1924) and Mary Ellen Iddings Forney Loucks (1844-1923).  From the February 12, 1914 edition of the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 4:

Surprise Dinner.

Mr. and Mrs. A. Loucks had not given a thought to what day of the month it was, when Monday, February 9, their children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces, numbering in all about twenty, began to arrive, uninvited by them at their home.  Then they remembered that thirty-five years ago that day had been their wedding day.

The dining table was stretched its full length and loaded with good things to which all did ample justice when the noon hour came.

Mr. and Mrs. Laucks were the recipients of several very pretty and useful pieces of silverware given in commemoration of the day and surely they could have been no happier on their wedding day than they seemed on their thirty-fifth anniversary.

Needless to say the guests enjoyed the day as thoroughly as did their host and hostess and heartily wished for many, many happy returns of the day.

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