A Happy New Year To All

We’ll just let the editor’s words from the January 2, 1913 Skidmore New Era speak for themselves:

A Happy New Year To All.

To all our readers, young and old, we heartily wish for you a most prosperous and happy New Year.

To the little folk, may you know more of sunshine than of cloud, more of glee than of sorrow.  May your laughter be long and frequent and your play be unrestrained and your sleep be freshened by pleasant dreams.

To the youth in school all happiness be yours, in the ambition, the joy, the friendship, the competition and rewards of school life.  Go forth gladly in the New Year in the fresh vigor of your youth and may the greatest success ever crown your efforts.

To those whose lives are hallowed with parental responsibility; may years of happiness be yours.  May you see the lives for whom you have been toiling and whom you have cherished expand into beauty and usefulness.  May you know and feel the sweet reward of gratitude, veneration and love which you so richly deserve and which surely awaits you.

To those whose hair has been frosted with the winters of time: Look out upon all around you and see how passing fair the evening is; behold all that is to be seen and heard invites contentment and repose.  May the twilight of the evening of your day be a sweet calm, which only unalloyed peace can bring.

To all, the young, the old, a happy, prosperous, glad New Year.

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Skidmore School Concert, 1899

Skidmore had been blessed in November 1899 with beautiful weather. The Skidmore Standard and its readers spoke of the pleasure they took in those unexpected additional days to savor the countryside and prepare for winter. Alas, winter arrived in full force in December, just in time to foil the town’s plans to give a school concert to raise funds toward the purchase of an organ.

The December 15, 1899 edition reported the end of the story:

The School Concert
The weather man seems to look with disfavor upon all efforts to give home talent concerts in Skidmore. The weather was abominable, last Friday evening, the date of the school concert, and as a consequence, a comparatively small house greeted the pupils and those who assisted in the concert. The program was shortened somewhat by unavoidable circumstances, but all of the numbers rendered were especially good and were well received by the audience as was demonstrated by the hearty applause with which each one was greeted. The renditions showed what can be done by our home talent with a little training. The wreath drill and dialogue elicited much favorable comment from the audience. After all expenses were paid, $20.25 remained. This is just about half the cost of the organ so another concert some time in the future will be necessary to pay off the indebtedness on the instrument.

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A Swell Line of Holiday Goods at Chadduck & Strickler’s

What’s new in town?  A swell line of Holiday Goods at Chadduck & Strickler’s – that’s what’s new in town.  From the December 6, 1901 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

Oh! Say! What's New in Town? A Swell line of Holiday Goods at Chadduck & Strickler's is the newest thing in town.  We have the finest stock of High Grade Holiday Ware ever shown in Skidmore, so Remember the name when you go shopping.  Chadduck & Strickler.

Ad for Chadduck & Strickler’s line of High Grade Holiday Ware from the December 6, 1901 Skidmore Standard, page 1.

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Help a Good Cause

From the December 6, 1901 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

An Opportunity to Help a Good Cause.

Miss Welty, a deaconess representing the Ensworth Hospital at St. Joseph, spoke to a large and interested audience at the M. E. church Sunday morning. A collection of sixteen dollars was taken for the benefit of the hospital and a movement set on foot to collect a barrel of canned fruit, jellies and other delicacies for the sick to be sent about the middle of December. Mrs. L. N. Torrey will solicit for this purpose east of town, and Mrs. Lillie Burris west. In town Mrs. S. L. Russell will look after the west side and Miss Grace Parrish the east side. Persons having anything to contribute can leave it with T. L. Howden at the postoffice any day next week.

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Preserved in Whisky

For those of you seeking alternate arrangements, we offer this unusual strategy from the December 7, 1900 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

His Body Preserved in Whisky.

In the little country churchyard at Kentontown, Kentucky, the remains of an eccentric old gentleman lie preserved in pure old Burbon whisky in a casket hewed from a solid rock. Charles Bramlette was his name and he was eighty years old at the time of his death. Fourteen years prior to that date he had the coffin hewed out at a cost of $960, and put a barrel of pure Burbon whisky in his cellar which was to be poured over his remains when they had been placed in the sarcophagus. In his will he provided that his heirs should receive $10,000 each, if his wishes in regard to his interment were carried out; otherwise, they were to receive only one dollar each.


Ben Wood says he was personally acquainted with Mr. Bramlette and that he went to many shooting matches with the old gentleman in Kentucky and shot with him for turkeys.


It is said Mr. Bramlette’s motive in wishing this unique burial was to prove that the old idea of dust to dust and ashes to ashes was a back number.

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Some Hunting

From the December 22, 1899 Skidmore Standard:

John Hesse, proprietor of the Saratoga Restaurant in St. Joseph, came up to Skidmore the fore part of the week to take a hunt with his friend, M. A. Sewell. Tuesday morning, the two sports armed with all kinds of fire-arms, started for the timber and after tramping all day over two or three townships, they returned to town at night fall with only two rabbits and – good appetites. Some people who lack the sportsman’s instinct would regard this as too much labor for the fun but Messrs. Hesse and Sewell are not in that class. They have roamed these woods in search of game on other occasions and have a thorough knowledge of what constitutes the “huntsman’s luck.” They committed one act during the day, however, which does not reflect to their credit as full-fledged and knowing sportsmen. The instance we speak of was when both gentlemen broke the ice and took a bath in Florida creek. This may have been an accident, though.

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Santa Claus Visits the Model Drug Co.

We didn’t know that Santa made a regular visit to the Model Drug Co., but it does stand to reason.  How else would they have acquired such an exemplary stock of Christmas gifts?  From the December 10, 1925 Skidmore News:

Santa Claus Has Been Here.  Following his annual custom, Santa Claus has visited our store and left many useful and plenty gifts.  Dolls, Toys, Toilet Sets, China Ware, Jewelry, Stationery and Novelties of Kinds.  Come in and see the assortment, compare prices and make your selections.  We will be glad to help in any way possible, we can.  Model Drug Co.

Ad for the Model Drug Co. of Skidmore, Missouri, as printed in the December 10, 1925 Skidmore News, page 8. [Click to enlarge]

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