Parshall Anniversary

The Independence Day festivities took up much of our space, and we neglected to bring you the following happy news from the July 5, 1901 Skidmore Standard, page 4:

Passing by the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Parshall yesterday one could have seen an assembly of people as that was their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary and a large number of friends had been invited in to help them enjoy the occasion.

A table was spread about the noon hour, with all the good things imaginable thereon to which all took part in a way that showed the good health they were enjoying.

Rural Delivery Routes, 1901

Postmaster Howden was a hard worker, and as the July 26, 1901 Standard reports, his quest for Skidmore-area mail delivery did not end with those initial routes:

Rural Delivery.
Two New Routes Established Out of Skidmore — Operation to Begin September 2d.

Postmaster Howden informed us this week that the two mail routes on the west of town had met with success and that they would begin operation, Monday, September 2d.

Route No. 1 has been in operation for a little over a year but since Route No. 3 has been established it will be changed to such a degree that one might well call it a new one.  It extends farther west and south.

Mr. Howden has worked hard to have these routes established and it is through his efforts that the farmers in the vicinity of Skidmore have the advantage of Rural Free Delivery.

Following are the two routes, No. 1 and No. 3.

ROUTE NO. ONE
Beginning at the postoffice in Skidmore:

Thence south to Shull corner, being the northwest corner of section 28.  West passing Eureka school, Harmony school and Harmony church, to Hunter’s corner, southeast corner section 21.  South to the Myers corner, northeast corner section 33, West to Hall corner, southeast corner of section 30.  North to Tison corner, southeast corner section 18.  East 1 mile, north 1 mile to Haynes corner, northwest corner section 16.  East passing Good Will school house to Hammond corner, southwest corner section 7.  South to Stacy corner section 24.  East to Porter corner, southwest corner section 17.  North to A. F. Howden corner, passing Scrub Oak school house, southeast corner section 6.  Thence east to Skidmore.

Length of route, 24 1/4 miles; area covered, 34 square miles; number of houses on route, 141; population served, 700.

ROUTE NO. THREE
Beginning at the postoffice in Skidmore:

Thence west, passing Burr Oak school to Hays corner, southwest corner section 3.  North passing Burr Oak church to Ruddell school house, northeast corner section 34.  West to Salem school house, southwest corner section 29.  North to the Carter corner, southwest corner section 20.  West to Dotham, northeast corner section 25. North to Hanna corner, northwest corner section 18.  East, passing Drummond school house to county line corner, northeast corner section 16.  South to Anderson corner, northwest corner section 22.  East to Young school house, southeast corner section 14.  South to Gordon corner.  East to Bilby school house, southwest corner section 20.  South to A. F. Howden corner, southeast corner section 6.  Thence east to Skidmore.

Length of route.  26 1/2 miles; area covered, 39 square miles; number of houses on route, 126; population served, 630.