Lucky Escape for Claude Deffenbaugh

Some good, if frightening, news from the August 31, 1900 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

Struck By Engine.
Boy Caught on Pilot and Thrown Off the Track.

A hair-breadth escape of a boy from death, or being horribly mangled, was witnessed by a large number of people waiting at the depot Wednesday evening.

Claude, young son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Deffenbaugh, stepped on the track to cross just in front of the incoming freight train from the north. Before anyone could warn the boy he was caught on the pilot of the engine, and the people stood speechless, as if paralyzed, until he was thrown to one side, off the track. The engineer reversed his engine and stopped the train as soon as possible, but it would have been fatally late if the boy had not been fortunately tossed off the track.

Aside from being frightened, greatly, the boy suffered no evil effects from his experience except a few slight bruises on one of his arms; and he jumped up and returned up town unassisted.

The boy’s seemingly strange action in stepping between the rails when the engine was not more than three or four feet distant, is accounted for by the fact that he is deaf. His attention at the time was directed to the south, and the engine which struck him was coming from the north.

Claud is about 12 years old, and spent last year in the school for the deaf at Fulton. He is at home now spending vacation with his parents.

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Carothers – Barrett, 1900

From the October 12, 1900 Skidmore Standard, page 8, column 1:

Carothers – Barrett.

A pretty but quiet wedding occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Barrett, Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 10, 1900, when their only daughter, Mabel Rose, and Mr. Manville Carothers of Kirksville, were united in the holy bonds of matrimony.

At the appointed hour, 3 p.m. as the beautiful strains of the wedding march sounded forth from the piano, the bridal couple descended the stairs and took their places in front of the bay window which was beautifully decorated with potted plants.

The ceremony was performed by Rev. Lane Douglas of Skidmore. It was a beautiful and impressive one and was witnessed only by the relatives and a few intimate friends of the bride.

After congratulations, an elegant luncheon was served which was proof of the skill of the bride’s mother in the culinary art.

The bride is well known as one of the most successful teachers in Nodaway county, and possesses those amiable qualities that have won for her a host of friends.

The groom, a promising young business man, is a graduate of the State Normal at Kirksville, and belongs to one of the best families in that city.

The happy couple were the recipients of many useful and valuable presents. They will be at home after Nov. 1 at No. 708 Florence Avenue, Kirksville, Mo.

The best wishes of their many friends for their future happiness go with them.

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Brother Sterl to the Rescue

We are never too old for some help from our siblings, and, perhaps, never too old to enjoy having a good story to tell on our siblings. Such was the case for the Smith brothers, as reported in the September 29, 1899 Skidmore Standard:

Dr. L. B. Smith, the well known painless extractor of corns, sat astride a barbed wire fence for an hour, last Monday. The doctor did not perform this ludicrous and undignified feat because of any leaning toward gymnastics nor because he preferred that peculiar kind of a resting place to a soft cushioned rocking chair. No, he sat there from necessity rather than choice. In other words he couldn’t do otherwise; his trousers leg was securely hooked on a barb. The unpleasantness of the situation was increased by the imminent danger of becoming overbalanced and falling; and the doctor could almost picture himself a horribly lacerated corpse, ready for his last resting place. His brother, Sterl, finally found and released him and the doctor took a solemn oath on the spot to never attempt to climb a barbed wire fence again.

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Eastern Cattle, 1900

“Mr. John Barrett left last evenining for points in New York and Pennsylvania to visit relatives and buy cattle,” reported the August 10, 1900 Skidmore Standard.

It appears that Mr. Barrett had a successful trip. This report appeared in the September 7, 1900 edition:

Eastern Cattle.

Mr. John Barrett returned from his eastern visit last Saturday evening with six cars of cattle which he had bought in Pennsylvania. He said he had one pair of young steers that has worked under a yoke, and he intends to show these Missourians something so old that it will be decidedly new to them.

Mr. Barrett spent two or three weeks visiting relatives in New York and Pennsylvania and was accompanied home by two nephews, Messrs Walter and Charles Barrett, and his brother-in-law, Mr. Ernest Abbott, all of Pennsylvania. Mr. Abbott will return east in a few days but the two young Messrs Barrett will remain here this fall and coming winter.

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Albright-Matheney, 1900

We forgot to wish the Albrights a happy anniversary.¬† We’ll correct that quickly by posting this from the October 5, 1900 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

Chas. Albright a Benedict.

Last Tuesday at the bride’s home near Maryville, Mr. Charles D. Albright and Miss Maude Matheney were happily united in the holy bonds of wedlock, by Elder N. Rollo Davis, pastor of the Christian church at Burlington Junction.

The wedding ceremony occurred about thirty minutes past the noon hour and was witnessed by the immediate relatives of the contracting parties and a few friends.

The bride has always filled a prominent place in society circles where she has lived and has a host of friends.

Mr. Albright is a young farmer but we claim him as a Skidmore boy. He is a hustling, energetic young man and an all around good fellow, with friends all over the county and elsewhere.

Mr. and Mrs. Albright came to the Albright farm three miles east of town, Tuesday evening, witnessed the big Punkin Show the day following and were extended congratulations by the score.

They will reside three miles east of town until next spring when they will move to Mr. Albright’s fine farm six and one-half miles northeast of Skidmore.

May happiness and prosperity ever attend them as they journey on life’s road together is the wish of the Standard.

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Prehistoric Corn, 1899

From the October 13, 1899 Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Prehistoric Corn

Mr. George Ambrose brought a display of corn to town, Wednesday, that has a history, if we can believe some things in print. It was grown from seed that was grown from the planting of a few grains found in a sealed earthen jar buried in a mound in Arkansas. The jar was several feet under the ground and an oak tree over four feet in diameter had grown above it; so it is estimated that the corn had been placed there many centuries ago by the Mound Builders. The corn is of various colors; some ears being a dull brown and others red and white.

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Dr. Pierpoint Buys an Oakland

We suspect Dr. Pierpoint looked quite stylish in his new Light Six Oakland.  From the November 5, 1914 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 8:

Buys a Light Six Oakland

Dr. J. E. Pierpoint purchased last week of C. E. Groves a 1915 Model, Light Six Oakland car.

This is probably the most complete, best equipped, up-to-date car in the country. It is gray in color and one of the prettiest outlines in the country.

The Oakland, "The Car with a Conscience.  $1000 with a V shaped German Silver Radiator, 10 inch upholstering, 4 and 6 cylinders $3000 See me for particulars and demonstration.  C. E. Groves, Agent, Skidmore, Mo.

Advertisement for the Oakland, “The Car with a Conscience,” from the March 20, 1913 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri)

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