Grit Git Gumption

From the February 24, 1903 Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Grit Git Gumption

These three qualities are very necessary to any young man who wishes to succeed in this world. He must have grit or he cannot hope to successfully push his way in these strenuous times.  He must have git or he will be a failure in this rustling, hustling world.  He must have gumption, the clear level headed sense, which would enable him to enter into a business enterprise and successfully combat the difficulties of business men of to-day.  With these three qualities aided by a gentlemanly appearance no young man need be afraid to venture out into this world, for he is sure to be crowned with success.


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Johnny and Maude Hart Settle in Skidmore

From the January 21, 1926 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Johnny Hart Rents the Skidmore Land

Johnny Hart rented the Mrs. Skidmore land Wednesday and possession to be given March 1st.  Altogether, there are 225 acres which includes the residence property.

Johnny and his wife (Maude Taylor) were married recently and will move into the Skidmore residence just west of town as soon as Prof. and Mrs. Pierce can give possession.

Johnny has had considerable experience in farming, as he has assisted his father on the farm all his life, and there is no doubt but what he will make a successful farmer.


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Notion Sale at Eureka School

From the February 10, 1927 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

A Notion Sale at the Eureka School

The Eureka School, located three miles south and a quarter of a mile west, will be the scene of a notion sale Friday night.  Anything from an onion to a Ford car will be accepted for sale, the money derived therefrom to be turned over to the school.

The first part of the program will be given by the children of the school.  The second half will be given by the Shelton Sisters of Skidmore.  A fine program is being prepared and a full evening is in store for those who attend.

The sale will follow the program and a cafeteria supper will follow the sale.

Everybody is invited and urged to attend.  The program will commence at eight o’clock sharp.  Come and enjoy a fine program and take part in the sale.  You will enjoy yourself.

Mrs. T. H. Cowan is the teacher.


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A Story of Melodramatic Daring

We take a break from the hearts and flowers of February to bring you the following advertisement for a “story of melodramatic daring,” as it appeared in the Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), February 20, 1919, page 4:

Madge Kennedy in The Danger Game. Goldwyn Pictures. Saturday evening, February 22. Madge Kennedy in "The Danger Game." The world's most beautiful burglar. The star who captured a nation. A story of melodramatic daring. The Royal.

From the February 20, 1919 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 4.

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From the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), March 8, 1906, page 1:

Wedding Day.

At the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Noffsinger, who reside in Holt county, eight miles north of Mound City, on Wednesday, February 28, at high noon, Mr. Pearl C. Hays and Miss Blanche S. Noffsinger were united in wedlock by Rev. W. H. Welton, of Skidmore, in the presence of the near relatives of the contracting parties.

The marriage was solemnized by the use of the Episcopal service properly abridged for the occasion.

Following this service was the informal congratulations of friends, the bestowing of many fine bridal gifts which were both useful and ornamental.

Then came the wedding feast such as can only be anticipated by people living in Missouri.

A reception and after-dinner was tendered them on the following day by their uncle and aunt, John G. and Isabella Hays, at their home, near Burr Oak Church, where a large company of guests assembled to enjoy the day and partake of another feast served in a manner becoming the occasion and to share the hospitality at the Hays home.

In the evening the newly wedded couple drove to Maryville to spend a few days with the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Hays.

They are now at home to their friends on the farm two and one half miles north-west of Skidmore.

These young people are widely known and highly respected by the people of this township, and all join in wishing them a long and happy journey through life.


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Mast 32nd Anniversary

From the February 6, 1908 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

A Pleasant Surprise.

Monday, January 27, the relatives and friends of W. G. Mast and wife gave them a surprise, it being their 32nd wedding anniversary.  All arrived at the same time and found Mrs. Mast busy sewing and Mr. Mast was waiting for a wheat buyer, as his daughter went to the telephone that morning and called herself and made believe she was talking to a man who had been trying to buy wheat.  The “buyers” arrived at about eleven o’clock with well filled baskets.

Pleasant conversation and a general old fashioned good time was the report of all who was there, to say nothing of the sumptuous dinner.

Those present were:  Mr. and Mrs. P. P. Shull, Guy Sewell and family, Mrs. Mary Twaddell, John Mast, Miles Cook and wife, Clyde Mast and wife and daughter, Roy Slauson and family, Chas. Lawrence and wife and baby, J. B. Taylor and Orvil Willhoyt of near Maryville, Misses Blanche Cook, Ruby Shull, Carrie Twaddell, Martha Walker, Messrs Dean and Joe Shull, Lloyd and Roy Twaddell, Bert Murray, Walter McGinnis, Frank Lawson and Everett Cook.  Bert Murray brought his kodak and took several snap shots of the crowd.

One Who Was There.


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Epworth Leaguers in Skidmore, 1900.

From the February 9, 1900 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

Leaguers Coming.

The annual Epworth League convention of Maryville district will be held in Skidmore, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 23, 24, and 25. Large delegations throughout the district are expected to be present and a royal good time experienced. Rev. G. H. Bradford of St. Joseph will deliver the opening address, Friday evening. The convention sermon will be preached by C. O. Mills, president of the Maryville seminary.


Skidmore knew how to welcome a crowd, and the February 16, 1900 edition of the Skidmore Standard reported the following efforts at hospitality:

The Opening Day.

Next Friday morning some of the Epworth Leaguers will probably arrive as that is the date for opening the district convention which is to be held here. Others will arrive in the evening and during the day following. Homes have been secured for a large number and it is safe to say that after the convention is over the visiting delegates can have naught but praises to speak for the hospitality of Skidmore people. The business men subscribed to a fund for securing a streamer 30 feet long with “Welcome Leaguers” painted on it and the Leaugers emblem in the center. This streamer will be stretched across Elm street and will greet the visiting delegates as they leave the trains. The artistic work on the streamer was done by Mr. Eckler, the sign painter.


From the February 23, 1900 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

The League Convention – First Service This Evening.

A great good time is anticipated for the Mid Winter convention of the Maryville district, Epworth League, which opens with devotional exercises at the M. E. church, this evening at 7:30 o’clock. A splendid program for Saturday and Sunday has been arranged.

Four delegates, Miss Mabel Bryant, of Burlington Junction, and Misses Pearl Hall, Minnie Webster and Minnie Sterritt of Stanberry, arrived this morning and large numbers are expected on the evening trains. The snow storm which is raging in full blast to-day should not prevent the coming of the delegates or the convention being a success, as everyone will be well entertained, during their stay in our town.


The Mid-Winter Epworth League convention came to a close in Skidmore at the end of February 1900. The March 2, 1900 Skidmore Standard had this write-up on page 1:

The Leaguers
Many Visitors – A Successful Convention.

The Mid-Winter Epworth League convention of the M. E. church, Maryville district, was opened last Friday evening in the M. E. church with devotional exercises. T. L. Howden, president of the local Chapter, welcomed the visitors in his usual happy manner and assured them that we have many good things to eat which they should share while here; he also informed them that street cars, electric lights and muleless carriages are not popular in Skidmore, and if any had come expecting to see such, they would surely be disappointed. He enumerated, further, twentieth century developments which are unknown here, but left them in darkness as to what they would find. The shadows were all dispelled, however, before the close of the convention, and the leaguers found, as some expressed it, that Skidmore is the best convention town in the district.

W. M. Bryant, of Stanberry, District president, responded to the address of welcome, in behalf of the visiting delegates, and then introduced Rev. G. H. Bradford, of St. Joseph, who addressed the Epworthians on the subject, “Live Now.” Mr. Bradford is a student and a thinker, and his lecture was a literary treat, well suited to the occasion.

Saturday forenoon was devoted to the business before the convention. Saturday afternoon, a very interesting session was held during which several choice papers were read.

Saturday evening was given over to entertaining the visitors. The program was in charge of the Skidmore and Burr Oak Chapters, and consisted of musical and literary selections at the church, followed by a reception at Cook’s opera house.

The convention sermon was preached Sunday forenoon by Rev. C. O. Mills, president of the Maryville Seminary. Although small of stature, Rev. Mills is a giant, mentally, and a crowded house listened to his able discourse.

The Sunday afternoon session was one of the best of the convention. Rev. Hodshire, of Quitman, preached a good sermon, Sunday night.

There were 65 delegates and many visitors present.

If there was any one thing on the program deserving of special mention, it was the singing of the little Misses Fay Southwell and Beth McNaul, of Maitland.

The Leaguers had a good time during their entire stay in our town and the following resolutions were passed:


Whereas, it hath pleased Almighty God in his benign providence to bring us again in Christian fellowship to enjoy the benefits of this, another mid-winter convention, and

Whereas, the people of Skidmore have in gracious and cordial hospitality opened to us their homes and hearts, and

Whereas, the Skidmore and Burr Oak Chapters have been untiring in their efforts to make our stay in their beautiful little city a pleasant one.

Be It Resolved, that the members of the District Epworth League convention, extend to the people of Skidmore, and to the local chapters our most sincere thanks for their cordiality and generous hospitality. And that we express our appreciation by a standing vote of thanks, and be it further

Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be spread on the minutes of the convention and a copy presented the Skidmore Standard for publication.

Mrs. George McNaul,
Mrs. John Lytle,
Miss Lane,

The convention will be held in Maryville next year.

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