I Know a Great Deal More About You This Year, Santa

A few more letters to Santa Claus from the December 24, 1925 Skidmore News:

Santa Claus Letters

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 17, 1925.
Dear Santa:– I am a little girl 6 years old and have been as good as little girls can be. Would like a pocket-book, some handkerchiefs, candy and nuts and a wagon. Charline Bramble.

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 17, 1925.
Dear Santa:– I am a little girl eight years old and try to be good as I can. I would like a handkerchief, a big sled, a doll, some candy and nuts. Wyvon Bramble.

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 17, 1925.
Dear Santa:– I am a little boy four years old. I want you to bring me a sled for Christmas. Delbert Eugene Shell.

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 17, 1925.
Dear Santa:– I wish you would bring me for Christmas, some candy, nuts, oranges, bananas, harp, overalls, shoes, overshoes, sled, skates, cap, necktie, football, violin. Your friend, Celvin S. Dill.

Monday, Dec. 21, 1925.
Dear Santa Claus:– I can hardly wait till Christmas eve. I am four years old now, and know a great deal more about you than I did last year. Please bring me a wagon and a pair of house slippers. Donald wants a good knife and Helen a pair of silk hose. You will find my stocking hanging in the same place you did last year, and Santa, please bring cousin Harold some nice things too.
Lovingly, your little friend, Betty Jane Haynes.

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 17, 1925.
Dear Santa Claus:– I am a little boy eight years old. Please bring me a cornet. Please bring me some figs and dates, candy and some nuts. Your little friend, Ralph Burman Merritt.

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 17, 1925.
Dear Santa Clause:– I am a little girls only twenty-three years of age. There is just one thing I want for Christmas. I want a new Overland car. I like Buicks and Fords fine, but I like Overlands best. I want it to have a cutout on it. Your little friend, Blanche Brown.

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 17, 1925.
Dear Santa Claus:– I am a little girl. I go to school. I want a pretty lumberjacket like Francis Linville’s for Christmas I also want an answer book for my geometry. Don’t forget to bring Douglas Linville a ruler and a compass, I don’t like to lend mine.
Goodbye old boy. Your best friend and customer, Lucy Twaddell.

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 17, 1925.
Dear Santa Claus:– I am a little girl. I just hate boys, they make me tired. I want a green dress with pink trimmings. I want a pair of cross-word stockings like Helena Goslee’s and a pink pair like Evelyn Logan’s. This is all till next year.
Goodbye, Georgia Ashbrook. P. S. — I am sending you one packages of kisses. Smack! Smack!

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 17, 1925.
Dear Santa Claus:– I like you very much. I want a pair of glasses and a pair of buckle goloshes for Christmas. Goodbye, Mildred Myers.
P. S. — Dont’ forget to bring Helena Goslee a wide belt.

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A Christmas Tree for the Entire Community

It takes a village to raise a Christmas tree, as we see in this article from the Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), December 13, 1923:

A Christmas Tree for the Entire Community

Tree Will Be Out Doors and Every Child Under 15 Will Receive a Treat.

Arrangements have been made by the three churches of Skidmore to have a Christmas tree for the entire community.  The tree will be placed on the vacant lot just north of the Barrett store and will be erected and lighted with electricity the Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights before Christmas.  A program is being arranged and will be presented in the band stand.

Yes, Santa Claus will be there and maybe his wife will be with him.  Just leave it to Old Santa, he will see that every boy and girl under the age of 15 years, gets a treat.

At a meeting last Monday night, the officers of the Sunday Schools appointed the following committees:

To get tree and place it on ground — J. R. Gibbs, Gaylord Dilts, and L. J. Reese.

To erect tree ready for lighting — Rev. Cokely, L. D. Jordan and J. W. Weddle, Jr.

To light tree — Earl Jordan, Mike Freeze and Clyde Stevens.

Decorations — E. A. Cox, Leona Sewell, Minnie Kramer, Edith Porter, Mrs. Loren Pfeiffer, James Earley and Roy Horn.

To raise funds and purchase treat — J. O. Miller, W. S. Linville, Mrs. E. R. Bird.

To sack treat — Margaret Norton, Mrs. E. A. Cox, Mrs. C. H. Beverlin, Gladys Stamper, Mrs. Clyde Barrett and Mrs. Charley Money.

Publicity — Geo. Manchester, Tom Culley and Wayman McGinness.

Program and amusement — Mrs. J. W. Weddle, Jr., Mrs. Mervyn Gray and Mrs. C. H. Geyer

Watch the paper next week for further announcements.

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Drove to Maryville, Pushed to Skidmore

From the December 11, 1924 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Drove to Maryville, Pushed to Skidmore

Last Sunday, in spite of the condition of the roads, Leon Bagby persuaded Bill Kennedy, Vincent Smith and Glenn Stevens to Accompany him to Maryville on a very important date.  They secured Myron Newton to drive them over in his Ford.  Going over, they made pretty good time, making the trip in about 3 1/2 hours, but on their return that evening, they were afraid to look at their watches to see just how long it took them to make the trip.  The mud was getting a little stiff and it was necessary for them to get out and push.  Outside of pushing and repairing tubes, the trip was very pleasant.  Bill, Vinc and Glenn swear that the next time Leon has to go to Maryville, he will have to pick a dry day or get some one else to chaperon.

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James Family to Wyoming, Rileys to Maitland

Families were on the move in 1924.  From the Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), December 4, 1924, page 1:

Surprise for the James’

On the evening of November 28th, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. James were pleasantly surprised when the Successful Club members and their families came in on them unexpectedly.  A social evening was enjoyed by all and refreshments were served during the evening.

Mr. James and family are preparing to leave for their new home near Torrington, Wyo., the first of the year and everyone regrets having them leave the community.

Those present were:  Mrs. Dave Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mitchell and children, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Goslee and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Caywood and children, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wells and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. McDaniel and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ell Peter, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Linville and children, Mr. and Mrs. Loren Pfeiffer and son, Mrs. Fannie Peter and son Bob, Miss Nina Bingaman, Mrs. Mary Linville, Mrs. Alfred Dewitt and children, Miss Martha Pfeiffer, Miss Osa Shell.


The Rileys to Maitland

Martin Riley and family moved to Maitland Wednesday morning where they will make their future home.  Martin disposed of his interest in the dray business a few weeks ago to Lester LInville and has purchased a new Dodge truck and will go into the trucking business at Maitland.  Skidmore people are sorry to lose the Rileys for they were well liked by all who knew them. (But they will come back.)


Mrs. Kabel Hostess

Mrs. Clem Kabel was hostess to Class No. 12 of the M. E. Sunday School Tuesday afternoon.  There were 12 members present and after the business session, the rest of the afternoon was spent socially in honor of Mrs. Martin Riley, who left Wednesday for her new home in Maitland.  The Class presented Mrs. Riley a Pyrex baking dish.  Refreshments were served by the hostess.



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Surprise for Mrs. Riley

From the Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), December 4, 1924, page 1:

Surprise for Mrs. Riley

Twenty Royal Neighbors surprised Mrs. Martin Riley with a handkerchief shower Tuesday evening.  She received twenty-two handkerchiefs.  The evening was spent in various ways, eating pop corn, playing the piano and telling jokes in which all the ladies took part.  The following Neighbors were there:  Mrs. Dale Bagby, Mrs. Floyd Shell, Mrs. Laura Littler, Mrs. Chas. Beverlin, Mrs. Mary Dawson, Mrs. Guy McClain, Mrs. Jesse McDonald, Mrs. Ed Shell, Mrs. George Patterson, Mrs. James Reese, Mrs. Ed King, Mrs. Nora Smith, Mrs. Robert barrett, Mrs. Wm. Bodle, Mrs. Art Hill, Mrs. Homer Aldridge, Mrs. Mart Carden, Misses Lela Earley and Iona Devers.


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Harold Hutt Discharged, 1918

From the December 5, 1918 Skidmore News, page 1:

Discharged from the Army

Harold Hutt who was attending an officers training school at Camp McArthur, Waco, Texas, came home Friday evening. As the war is over, Uncle Sam discharged him from further service.

He met his sister Miss Celia at the Union Station, Kansas City for a few minutes as she was waiting for her train to start to New York.

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Reckless Driving

At least he wasn’t texting while driving, too. From the December 15, 1899 Skidmore Standard, page 8:

Purl Linville, a young married man, who lives 3 miles northeast of town, narrowly escaped death, about five o’clock, Wednesday afternoon, as a result of reckless driving. He had been in town the greater portion of the day and had just started home. Unmindful of the fact that frozen ground is exceedingly rough, he urged his team into a run, down Elm street and when the wheels of the road wagon struck the railroad crossing, north of the depot, Linville was thrown out by the concussion. An eye-witness of the accident says Linville was tossed into the air and his head struck the ground first. Two wheels of the vehicle passed over the body and he lay like a dead man until help arrived. Consciousness returned after a time and he was taken home about ten o’clock, Wednesday night. His face and head were much cut and bruised, and he was otherwise considerably shaken up. The team ran away with the road wagon and damaged it somewhat.

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