Pleasant Parlors by Jordan, Thomas & Co.

Decorating advice from Jordan, Thomas & Co. of Skidmore, Missouri.  From March 5, 1908, page 5 of the Skidmore New Era:

Have a pleasant parlor.  Put comfortable furniture, nice pictures, etc., into it.  Abandon the old idea of using the parlor only for state occasions. Make it comfortable and homelike for your guests and friends.  To do this you only have to see us.  Our full line of furnishings and liberal terms will do the rest.  Call today and let us show you our goods and figure on your bills.  We guarantee the goods, and you see and examine them before you buy.  Jordan Thomas & Co.

Advertising from the March 5, 1908 Skidmore New Era.

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Fire at the Depot, 1908

From the March 12, 1908 Skidmore New Era, page 1:

Depot Burned

About three o’clock, Tuesday morning, the Burlington depot at this place was discovered to be on fire.  When first discovered the flames were beyond control and were bursting through the roof near the chimney.  The alarm was at once given, but nothing could be done to save the building and its contents, and everything went up in smoke.

The origin of the fire is unknown.  Agent Owen left the depot about eight o’clock the evening before and left everything as usual.

Aside from the loss to the rail road company, Agent Owen lost property valued at about $150.  Miss Grace Bohannan, who is visiting here, lost her trunk containing her clothings, books, etc., which, together with other articles belonging to private individuals, will no doubt be paid for by the company.

The New Era was so unfortunate as to lose its supply of “ready print” for this week’s issue in the fire, and for that reason we are compelled to give our readers a paper all home print.

Agent Owen is now holding forth in the north end of the coal house, and, although in uncommodious quarters, is ready to give all patrons as good accommodations as possible under the circumstances.

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A superb coffee

We are sorry to have missed out on quilting, a superb coffee, and a popular meal at such a modest price.  From the March 14, 1907 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Superb Coffee.

The Ladies’ and Pastor’s Union will meet at the M. E. church next Friday at two o’clock.  The order of the day will be quilt patches, quilting and carpet rags.  A superb Coffee will be served in the lecture room from three to six o’clock p.m.  This will be a popular meal at the modest price of but fifteen cents.  Asking the patronage of our citizens and especially our business men, we assure all a pleasant call and restful, refreshment hour.


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Weary Willie Walker

Is it just us, or are we alone in adding “creepiest” to the “happiest, jolliest, brightest” categorizations?  From the March 9, 1911 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 4 (click to enlarge (or don’t)):

The Musical Comedy Craze, Weary Willie Walker.  The happiest, jolliest, brightest comedy that ever happened.  At the Opera House, Thursday evening, March 16.  One continual jollification of fun, rollicking, gayety and hilarity is Weary Willie Walker.  17 new specialties.  Complete scenic production.

Advertisement from the March 9, 1911 Skidmore New Era, page 4

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A note from the Superindendent

Perhaps spring fever had already set in, or perhaps it was just time for Superintendent Stewart to remind everyone that school is serious business.  From the March 7, 1907 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 5:


We wish to invite closer attention of parents to the work of their children and earnestly request that they examine the grade books carefully.  It will be shown by an examination of these quarterly reports that some children are not doing satisfactory work.  To each parent we would suggest that you examine carefully your children’s report books and if his or her work is not satisfactory, ascertain the cause and give the teachers earnest support in their endeavors to secure more efficient work.

There has been a number of tardies during the past quarter.  This should not be, nor should any pupil be allowed to be absent from school without good reasons.  And if it is necessary for pupils to be absent, the parent should kindly send an excuse, stating reasons for such absence.  Pupils should not be allowed to remain at home to prevent being tardy.

We need the hearty co-operation of the parents to get the best possible results.  As teachers we realize the need of this co-operation to a greater extent than you parents do.  We have an interest in your children.  Have you?  Should we not, then, unite our efforts to their good?

Respectfully, L. J. Stewart, Supt.


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Spring is coming

From the March 19, 1914 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 9:

Spring Day

The Spring sunshine of Sunday afternoon was enough to bring forth the pleasure loving people of Graham in full force.  All afternoon people might be seen walking leisurely in most every direction. Then automobiles in great numbers were constantly coming and going, while buggies and carriages innumerable were adding their share to the passing throng.  Some few people betook themselves to their porches with easy chairs and late magazines, but last and not least of the pleasure seekers was a merry party of boys and girls on horseback, who went cantering through the streets filled with the buoyancy of youth and seemed the happiest, jolliest ones of the afternoon.

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Wind Storm, 1909

Weather news from the April 15, 1909 edition of the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

The High Windstorm Damaged Much Property.

Sheds, Small and Light Buildings Torn Down, Many Chimneys Blown off and Considerable Damage to Roofs and Yard Trees.

The high wind Sunday and Sunday night did considerable damage to small and light buildings in this neighborhood.  It blew a gale all day Sunday but reached its highest fury about ten or eleven o’clock Sunday night. Many who were going home from church found it difficult to stand against it.  G. Mark Brown’s carriage was overturned while returning from church.  When they had got as far as G. W. Collins’, it became so dark that when Mr. Brown stopped and went into Mr. Collins’ to borrow a lantern, leaving Mrs. Brown, her daughter Lola and two of the smaller children with the horses and carriage, and while he was gone a great gust of wind blew over the carriage, frightening the horses somewhat and they drug the carriage quite a distance turned over on the side.  Miss Lola received a blow which rendered her unconscious for some time, but Mrs. Brown and the two smaller children managed, somehow, to get out of the tangle with only slight bruises, in fact did not think at the time they were hurt at all.  Miss Lola soon recovered from her shock and will be all right in a very short time.  The horses pulled into the side of the fence and stopped after going some little distance.

The storm was unusually severe west of town and a large new shed was blown down at Reuben Barrett’s place, corn cribs, the roofs of both house and barn were damaged and yard fences and trees were blown down.

Capt. John Grigsby’s large hay barn was blown down and other damages about the farm.

John G. Hays’ barn was unroofed and other wise wrecked.

Wood shed and small buildings blown down at Clyde Barrett’s.

John Barrett’s large barn was quite severely damaged.

The chimneys to Frank Murray’s residence was blown off, the small buildings upset and badly damaged, the barn roof partly blown away.

At W. F. Jenkins’ the porch was blown entirely away, one of his horses was slightly crippled by becoming tangled in the wire fence and other small damages.

Most all farm buildings, especially light and empty ones were more or less damaged.

The wind was only a straight one but an unusually hard one.

From the April 22, 1909 Skidmore New Era, page 4:

James Hepburn, a prominent farmer of Independence township and President of the Nodaway County Farmers Mutual Fire Ins. Co. and Judge William Woods of Burlington Junction were in the city Tuesday.  They came here in the interest of their company to adjust the losses by the wind storm Sunday night.  They settled with Captain John Grigsby, allowing $1000 as follows, $600 on hay barn, $25 on horse barn, $100 on house, and $275 on hay and implements.  Rev. Reuben Barrett was allowed $25 damages to property.

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