A good snappy game of basket ball

Sporting news from the January 15, 1907 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Another Good Game.

A good snappy game of basket ball was played at Rodman’s hall last Saturday by a team from Tarkio and the Skidmore boys.  A good sized crowd of spectators was present to enjoy the game and, without doubt, everybody felt that they had received their money’s worth when time was called at the end of the half.

The players on both sides were in good form and both teams went into the contest with a determination to win if such a thing was possible.

At the beginning of the game it seemed as though the Tarkio boys were going to have a walk-away for they succeeded in making several goals in a very short time, while the Skidmore boys failed to make a single goal.  But the home boys soon came to themselves and at the end of the first half the score was 9 to 8 in favor of Skidmore.

The Skidmore team kept the lead throughout the remainder of the game, and when the scores were counted at the end of the game, it was found that Tarkio had made 12 while Skidmore had laid away 19.

The game was refereed by a gentleman from Tarkio, who gave both teams a square deal throughout.  R. A. Walker acted as umpire.

The Tarkio boys are a gentlemanly set and won a warm spot in the hearts of the Skidmore people by the good-natured manner in which they took their defeat.


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John Bodle has an accident, 1907

From the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), February 14, 1907, page 1:

Might Have Been Worse.

One day last week while John Bodle was engaged in hauling ice from the river to his father’s ice house, his team took fright and ran away.  John was seated on the ice in the front end of the wagon and when the horses started was thrown forward and alighted in the snow, under the wagon.  His clothing was caught by some part of the running gear and he was dragged for some distance over the frozen ground and for a time it was thought that he was badly injured, but aside from some bruises he was uninjured and is now able to be down town.


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Mrs. G. I. Riley Survives Train Wreck, 1914

From the February 26, 1914 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 4:

Mrs. Riley in Frisco Train Wreck

Mrs. G. I. Riley, of near Skidmore, was in the Frisco train wreck of Monday night, February 16, but escaped with only a few bumps on her head and a badly shaking up.  She says, “I have often read of train wrecks, and sometimes wondered how people who were so fortunate (?) as to be in one felt, but now that I have not only had the pleasure (?) of seeing, but have actually experienced one, I think this will suffice me for a whole lifetime and I never want to see another.”

Mrs. Riley was aboard the passenger train coming out of Springfield for Kansas City, when about four miles out her train was passing a freight train on a switch and the coaches of the passenger struck the freight cars throwing three of the coaches from the track down a twelve foot embankment, wounding sixty passengers, some of them quite badly.  The coach in which Mrs. Riley was in, turned completely over, hurting, more or less, sixteen of the passengers.  It was an awful mix-up, she says.  The lights were extinguished and they were in utter darkness.  On every side could be heard the groans and cries of women and children.  Passengers were scrambling to pull themselves out of broken seats and from baggage, grips and bundles, which had piled upon them as the coach had rolled down the embankment.

Mrs. Riley says when she came to her senses and regained breath enough to speak, she saw in the darkness lying between two seats, a young lady and she said to her, “are you hurt dear, do you think you can get up?” The young lady calmly said, “I think so, if you will get off my feet.”

Mrs. Riley had been in Southern Missouri, where she had been spending the winter with relatives and was on her way to her home in Skidmore.


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Frank Appleman Weds Iva Ward, 1905

Quite a wedding took place on this date in 1905, we think, if this report in the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri) of February 23, 1905 (page 4) is any indication:

In Holy Matrimony.

At high noon on Wednesday, February fifteenth at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Ward, seven miles northwest of Skidmore, Mr. Frank Appleman, of Maitland, and Miss Iva L. Ward were united in wedlock, Rev. W. H. officiating.  The services took place in the west double parlors of the Ward home in the presence of thirty or more of the friends of the contracting parties.  At the close of the service waving all formal congratulations the guests were ushered into the spacious dining hall where a feast was spread in courses as rich as might be expected in a king’s house. Taken all in all this ranked among the first weddings of the season.  A real sensible matter-of-fact wedding in the best appointments.  Miss Della Scott presided at the piano and played the wedding march.

The presents given in memory and tokens of friendship were abundant and well chosen, being both useful and ornamental, some to endure after the donors are no more.

The guests remained in social communion and the enjoyment until the late afternoon hours and then reluctantly retired leaving their best wishes with the bride and groom, to go home feeling that it had been a day of high privilege to them.

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Old Time Spelling Bee, 1913

We think the event described in the February 13, 1913 edition of the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri) spells FUN. We do wonder what spelling word stopped Ruby and the Barretts.

At the Good Will school house, Friday evening, February 7, took place an old time “spelling bee,” the old folk versus the school children.

The captains for the contending forces were Clyde Barrett, for the old folks and Louis McDaniels for the children.

The captains mustered their soldiers in two long lines and then the war of words began.  Ever and anon some brave soldier from one of the lines went down under a hard word.  This was kept up until only three were left.  The three last on the floor were Ruby Wright, Fred M. Barrett and Mrs. R. Barrett, who all missed the same word.

The exercises were then changed and an old fashioned pie social was had, or rather a pie auction.  There were pies and pies and pies — talk about the pies your mother used to make — well, she would have to be a past master in pie making to get in this class.  The pies sold from 60 cents to $2.25 apiece and the boys who bought them and helped eat them said they would have been cheap at twice the money.

After every body had all the pie they wanted, they again changed the order of the evening and voted Mr. Charles Pfeiffer the greatest prevaricator of the evening and Miss Grace Leeman the best looking young lady present.  (Probably Mr. Pfeiffer won his prize by remarking something about the pies being so good and selling so cheap.)

Miss Laura Pugh pronounced for the spelling match and Clyde Barrett was the pie auctioneer.  The way he bragged on those pies he ought to have had at least one half of Charlie Pfeiffer’s prize.

Well everybody had the time of their lives.  Good humor and good fellowship prevailed.  Some of the elderly ladies said they just had a bushel of fun.

The social culminated in a credit of $30 to the exchequer of the Ladies Aid of the Burr Oak Church.

When you want the best time of your life, come to Good Will. — R. Barrett.

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Coldest Day of 1905

We are grateful for modern conveniences such as central heating, aren’t you?  From the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), February 16, 1905, page 1:

Monday Coldest Day.

A report was received Monday morning from Weather Observer Brink, at Maryville, stating that the Government thermometer registered 25 degrees below zero, the coldest weather since February ’99.  That winter the lowest temperature was 27 degrees below.

Train service was badly crippled.  The passenger which should have arrived at 8:13 in the morning did not get in until 12:45.  The delay was caused by the inability of a freight to get through the drifts near Clarinda.  There was no freight from the north Monday and none from the south Tuesday and none at all Wednesday.

Roads were badly blocked and in many places it is impossible to get through today.


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Lyle-Fuller, 1905

Another point to Cupid from the February 16, 1905 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:


Married, Sunday, February 12, at four o’clock, at the bride’s home, six miles west of Barnard, Mr. Fred Lyle and Miss Myrtle J. Fuller.

Mr. and Mrs. Lyle arrived in our city Monday evening and will make this city their home.  We wish for this young couple a happy and prosperous journey through life.


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