In honor of some more current baseball events, we offer the following sports news from the August 4, 1899 Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri):
Bilby Cowboys and Skidmore Nine Play Ball.
Skidmore base ball honors were wrested from her in the game Wednesday afternoon by Bilby’s cowboys. It was the first time in all her history that she witnessed the inglorious defeat of her home team. The cowboys’ batting was what did the work. The fielding work of the two teams was about equal but when it came to bat the Skidmore boys were clearly outclassed. Seven innings were played and the score stood 19 to 8 in favor of the cowboys.
Curtis Burnam was badly wounded on the left foot by stepping on the spiked shoe of Bilby’s first baseman in the third inning.
Ed Bilby and Prof. H. G. Davis umpired the game.
We carry many things with us, but we confess we’d never thought about carrying a turnip. From the August 23, 1904 Skidmore Standard, page 1:
An Old Turnip.
Joseph V. Parrish has a turnip that is nineteen years old. He carries it in his pocket all the time. It weighed less than ten pounds when he first got it but it has dried and shrunk up until now it is now about as large in circumference as a silver dollar and about half an inch thick.
Business news from the December 21, 1900 edition of the Skidmore Standard, page 1:
Before another issue of the Standard is mailed, Skidmore will have – for the first time in the town’s history – a really modern, up-to-date meat market. Mr. Diggs has furnished half of his building with a very fine refrigerator, counter with marble top, meat blocks and every essential needed in a well appointed meat market. B. Carr will begin moving into the building this afternoon, and he promises to sell the people just the kind of meat that should be sold from that kind of a shop. A partition extends lengthwise of the building and the west half will be fitted up for a barber shop. Chas. Beverlin will occupy it.
From the Kansas City Journal, as printed in the December 6, 1901 Skidmore Standard, page 1:
Span of Large Mules.
The largest span of mules on earth is at the Kansas City stock yards. Of course, they were bred in Missouri. “Jack” and “Jim” are their names. They are five years old, weigh exactly 1,820 pounds each, and each is 18 hands high.
“Jack” and “Jim” belong to J. W. George, who bred and raised them on his farm twelve miles from Harrisonville, Mo. They are half brothers, being out of different mothers. Their father is a gray jack, but their mothers are bays, and the mules are mouse colored. The remarkable proportions of “Jack” and “Jim” become manifest only when they are contrasted with others of their kind. The average mule weighs about 1,200 pounds, and is from twelve to fourteen hands high. Fourteen hundred pounds is an extraordinary weight. The other mules in mule barn No. 8, where they are being kept, look like pigmies beside these two.
Mr. George brought “Jack” and “Jim” to Kansas City to sell them. He has been offered $650, but has refused it. he thinks he ought to be given at least $850. he has worked them on his own farm one season, and guarantees them to pull anything that is loose.” — K. C. Journal.
From the August 10, 1905 Skidmore New Era, page 1:
The following persons have been visiting at the homes of R. G. Medsker and T. L. Howden. H. D. Cornish, wife and daughter of Osborn, Mo., Mrs. E. L. Robison and two daughters of Laclede, Mo., F. N. Campbell, wife, son and daughter of Muldrow, I. T., A. H. Goodpasture and wife of Maitland, M. E. Medsker, wife and son, west of this city.
Mesdames Howden, Cornish, Robison, Campbell and Goodpasture are daughters of Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Medsker and M. E. is a son. All of the children with the exception of Tilghman Medsker of Guilford were present at this home gathering.”
From the September 15, 1899 Skidmore Standard, page 1:
Yesterday, W. R. Linville decided to build a business brick facing Walnut street between his building now occupied by Sewell Bros & Montgomery and the Finney building occupied by Lee Chadduck as a drug store. The new building will be 33 feet wide by 70 feet in length and one story high. When it is completed, J. F. Kellogg will occupy it, and also the room now occupied by Sewell Bros. & Montgomery, with his stock of general merchandise. Sewell Bros. & Montgomery will move their stock of goods into W. J. Skidmore’s new brick now in course of construction. These two new brick buildings will add materially to the appearance of the business section of Skidmore.
From the September 9, 1902 Skidmore Standard, page 1:
Graham Boys are All Right.
The Graham band which is to help make music for the Punkin Show received the following nice compliment at the hands of the Maryville Tribune in last week’s issue:
“Everybody had something nice to say about the concert given by the Graham band in Maryville Friday night. The boys drove over in the afternoon and for two hours jammed wind in the court house square to a queen’s taste. There are fifteen of them and each one is in the artist’s class. Most of them are young men and fine looking boys and their appearance is added to by elegant uniforms.
It is probable that the Graham band will play in Maryville during street fair week and more than probable that they will be here at least one day. The Graham boys made a lot of friends for themselves and their music in Maryville Friday night.”