Your Christmas Gifts

More shopping options from Skidmore’s early days:

Your Christmas gifts for mother, father, sister, brother, sweetheart or friend, nothing will serve so well as a lasting remembrance as a well chosen piece of furniture, and the expense need not necessarily be great.  We have many attractive and serviceable novelties at small cost.  Include our store in your next shopping expedition.  You are as welcome to look as to buy.  Jordan, Thomas & Co.

From the December 13, 1906 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 5.


Holiday Gifts that are different.  Hand decorated candlesticks and candles.  Bookends, vanity sets, Gesso plaques, ash trays, bridge table covers and pencils, mayonnaise set, salad plates, shoe trees, lamp shades, hand painted handkerchiefs.  On display in Manchester & Dodds west window, December 11 and until after Christmas.  Emogene Moorhead.

Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), December 16, 1926, page 14.


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, chinaware, jewelry, stationery and novelties of kinds.  Come in and see the assortment, compare prices and make your selections.  We will be glad to see you and willing to help in every way possible, we can.  Model Drug Co.

From the December 10, 1925 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 8.

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Merry Christmas from Garnett’s Cafe

Holiday greetings from Garnett’s Cafe:

Merry Christmas, not for a day only, but for a life time, is the wish of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Garnett, Garnett's Cafe.

From the December 21, 1922 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 2.

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Livestock Dip and Jewelry

For those who want convenient holiday shopping, we suggest the Skidmore Drug Company of 1906, where one could purchase livestock dip, jewelry, and prescription drugs all at the same time.

Kreso Dip for all live stock. Easy and safe to use.  Kills lice, ticks, fleas, mites.  Cures mange, scab, ringworm, scratches, etc.  Destroys disease germs and drives away flies.  Manufactured by Parke, Davis & Co., Detroit, Mich.  For sale by Skidmore Drug Co.  Give us a call for drugs, jewelry, paints, oils, stock food, etc.  Prescriptions carefully compounded.

Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), July 5, 1906, page 1.


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Goodwill from the Mound City Electric Light and Ice Co.

Best wishes for this holiday season from the 1922 Mound City Electric Light and Ice Company (click to enlarge):

Good-Will.  This is the season of good-will -- a time when the heart-strings and the purse-strings vibrate in unison.  Some confine the expression of their good-will sentiments to this particular period.  But this organization is not governed by the seasons.  Good-will building is a year-round effort with us.  Good-will dominated this company in its relations with its customers.  It is reflected in our service, which is provided at the lowest possible rate compatible with the cost of providing that service.  In turn, we want your good will.  The best way to obtain good will is to merit it.  We are striving to merit yours.  Mound City Electric Light and Ice Co.

From the December 21, 1922 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 2.


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Nice Pictures by Mrs. T. P. Moorhead

Another Christmas shopping idea from 1906:

Pryography and Pictures.  Nothing makes a nicer Christmas Present than a nice piece of Burnt Wood or a nice Picture.  Mrs. T. P. Moorhead has a display of this work in the show windows at Manchester & Dodds' hardware and furniture store at prices that are very reasonable.

From the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), December 13, 1906, page 5.


Mrs. T. P. Moorhead was known in the county for her fine art work.

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Neighbors Help George Murphy, 1906

We are pleased (but not surprised) to share another example of Skidmore neighbors helping neighbors. This one is from the December 20, 1906 edition of the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Helped Their Neighbor.

George Murphy, who resides about five and one half miles southwest of town, has had to care for his sick parents for some time and consequently fell badly behind with his farm work.

Knowing this, some twenty-three or four of his neighbors gathered at his place one day last week and gathered 1350 bushels, the greater part of his corn crop.

Among those who assisted in the work were J. D. Sharp, Floyd Weller, Wm. Sanders, Chas. Colwell, Elmer Coston, Walter and Wayman McGinnis, Perry Stambaugh, Jonas Shields, Claude Meyers, Vol and Eugene Coston, John Brown, David Butts, James Shull, Jas. Murphy, Lida Sharp and the Goldsbury brothers.

Mr. Murphy undoubtedly feels that he lives in a community where the residents are neighbors in the true sense of the word.

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Christmas Greetings from the O. K. Garage

Holiday cheer from the December 21, 1922 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri):

Christmas Greetings.  A Merry Christmas to Everyone.  May the day be bright, the remembrances delightful and the dinner satisfying.  Many, many thanks for your continued patronage.  O. K. Garage.  Floyd Shell, Manager.

Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), December 21, 1922, page 2.

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