Skidmore Band Reorganized, 1899

From the March 31, 1899 Skidmore Standard:

Skidmore Band Reorganized

At a meeting held in Linville’s Hall, Tuesday night, it was decided to organize a band to be known as the Skidmore Military Band.

Another meeting was called for Wednesday night when the subject was further discussed and a set of officers elected.

There will be about twelve pieces in the band, and as Skidmore’s musical talent is second to none, you may expect much and not be disappointed.

Photograph of the members of the Skidmore, Missouri town band.  One member poses by a large bass drum emblazoned with the words "Skidmore, Missouri."

Skidmore, Missouri town band, date unknown.

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David Hitchcock, Jr. Accused of Horse Stealing, 1907

Crime news from the March 28, 1907 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Accused of Horse Stealing.

There was much speculation as to what Deputy Sheriff Tilson had come to town for last Friday evening. Next morning he was seen driving through town toward Maryville, having in his custody David Hitchcock, Jr., whom he had arrested at the home of David Hitchcock, Sr., at an early hour that morning.

It was learned later, through the columns of the Maryville Daily Tribune, that he had been arrested by request of officers at Grand Junction, Colorado, who informed Sheriff Evans that he was wanted at Grand Junction on the charge of stealing a horse.

A saddle in the possession of Hitchcock seems to answer the description of the one that was on the horse at the time it was stolen.

The prisoner was held at the county seat awaiting the arrival of the sheriff from Grand Junction. It is said that young Hitchcock has served a two years term in prison for a similar offense. An officer started for Grand Junction with him Monday.

This is certainly a hard blow for his grandparents and other relatives who are among the best and most highly respected residents of this community.

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Hearty Cooperation

We imagine modern teachers would agree with many of the following requests. 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 have 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 as parents do. We have an interest in your children. Have you? Should we not, then, unite our efforts to their good?

L. J. Stewart, Supt.

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Hester Caldwell to Industrial Home

Poor Hester Caldwell didn’t have an easy time of things as a girl. Here’s hoping her life improved as she grew older. This article was printed in the March 21, 1907 Skidmore New Era on page 1:

Sent to Industrial Home.

Because she lacked proper care at home, which led her into taking things that belonged to others, little Hester Caldwell, a 12-year-old girl from Skidmore, must go to the girls’ industrial school at Chillicothe, where she will remain until she is 18 years of age.

This is the decision of Judge W. C. Ellison with regard to the case of the child, who was charged by Miss Maude LInville, of Skidmore, with having stolen $10 from the latter.

Miss Linville was in court when the judge sentenced the Caldwell girl. The child’s parents were also present and desired to take their daughter back home, but the court decided they had not proven themselves capable of giving her the training she needs.

Hester Caldwell was until a few days ago a pupil in the Skidmore public schools, Miss Linville being her teacher. One day the teacher missed $10 from her desk and a little later learned that Hester Caldwell had changed a bill of that denomination at a Skidmore store.

When the child was asked about the matter, she admitted having taken the bill, a part of which she said she spent.

She said she didn’t mean to do anything wrong, but couldn’t explain why she had stolen the teacher’s money. The child’s father, James Caldwell, was unable to repay the amount taken by his daughter, and the teacher caused her pupil’s arrest.

Judge Ellison found that the little girl was permitted to spend much of he time on the streets, and he decided that she would be better off in the state industrial school home for girls than with her own people. — Daily Tribune.

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Spring Fever, 1903

The Skidmore papers encouraged people from surrounding communities to write in with news of their neighbors.  Some received credit toward their subscriptions for their contributions, and some were a bit competitive in their quests for gossip, but few were as poetic as the following unnamed correspondent in the “Salem Siftings,” printed in the March 24, 1903 Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri), on page 1:

“And now when comes a mild spring day, as oft such days will come” the small boy at school longs to study about Rip Van Winkle.  There is something about the story of Rip that appeals very forcibly to the boy.  Possibly the gun, or the dog, but more probably the fact that Van Winkle didn’t work any.  What a blessed thought!  And if the boy will only notice, on such warm lazy days of spring, his teacher likes to talk of the beauties of nature and if he watches closely he can catch the half-longing glance of her eyes to the green fields beyond.  Oh teacher! for the love of peace in the school room, for the love of the memory of Rip and your own happy days, send the boy out to kick up his heels, stand on his head and verily dig his nose in the ground to overcome that general lassitude of the body, termed “spring fever,” you have as well as he.

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Last Basketball Game of the Season, 1907

Sports news from the March 7, 1907 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

The Last Game.

The last game of basket ball for this season was played at Rodman’s hall last Friday evening.

The attendance was light on account of the extremely bad condition of the roads, but the players were there and both the boys’ and girls’ teams fought hard to win the last game.

In the girls’ game Miss Cecil Saunders was so unfortunate as to sprain one of her ankles quite badly and as a consequence she will be deprived of the use of the injured member for some time.

In this game the line-up of the two girls’ teams was almost the same as in the game played two weeks before, the only exception being that Miss Esther Loucks took Miss Bess Strickler’s place on the side wearing the white waists.

As in the other game the blue waists won. This time the score was 24 to 16 in their favor.

In the boys’ game the teams lined up as follows: Cottril, Barrett, Horn, Holderman and H. Worl on one side and E. Ward, M. Worl, Gray, Littler and Strickler on the other. The game was won by the first named team by a score of 19 to 16.

These games were among the best played in Rodman’s hall this winter, and those who did not attend missed something.

Pictured is the Skidmore, Missouri basketball team for 1906-1907.  Men, left to right, back row:  Buel Horn, Earl Ward, Dick Walker, Roy Cottril, Mervyn Gray, Jesse Barrett.  Women, middle and front row together:  Esther Loucks, Myrtle Saunders, Nettie Brown, Bess Strickler, Mary Ashbrook, Cecil Saunders, Bess Gray.

Skidmore, Missouri basketball team for 1906-1907. Men, left to right, back row: Buel Horn, Earl Ward, Dick Walker, Roy Cottril, Mervyn Gray, Jesse Barrett. Women, middle and front row together: Esther Loucks, Myrtle Saunders, Nettie Brown, Bess Strickler, Mary Ashbrook, Cecil Saunders, Bess Gray.


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A. F. Howden, Gone to Kansas

Migration news from the March 23, 1905 Skidmore New Era, page 1:

Gone to Kansas.

Two cars loaded with the belongings of A. F. Howden were started for Nortonville, Kansas, Friday, Mr. Howden and son accompanying them. Mrs. Howden went to Maryville, to spend a few days with relatives before joining them in their new home.

By the departure of Mr. Howden the community loses one of her best citizens. His son, Walter will remain here until school closes. He is a member of the graduating class this year. Our good wishes go with these people to their new home.

Going to Leave.  Parties wanting seed corn will please get it by March 15 as I expect leave about that time for Kansas.  Also 40 or 80 acres more land for sale yet.  Call on A. F. Howden.

From the March 2, 1905 Skidmore New Era, page 4.


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