Baths – Cold

From the February 9, 1900 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

Baths — Cold

The river might have been rightly called a sort of bathing resort, last Saturday.  It was a great day for cold baths and all the bathers seemingly conceived the notion they were going to bathe so suddenly that the usual trouble of separating their wearing apparel from themselves was dispensed with.

A number of skaters was enjoying the ice near where the men were sawing and taking out next summer’s supply.  The school boys and girls were much in evidence.  Master Jack Moorhead gracefully described a circle, cut the pigeon wing and – skated off into the water.  He was game and his knowledge of self propulsion in the water enabled him to rescue himself without assistance.  Three of the men who were working on the ice also experienced a cold ducking during the day, and another boy skater – the traveling sign painter’s son, – fell into the water.

Others were more successful in their skating.  From the same edition, page 2:

Six young men of Skidmore mounted the new made ice on the Nodaway river, Monday morning, and soon found themselves at Maitland.  They congregated at the jewelry store of their friend, J. L. Betz in consultation as to whether to buy each of them a bicycle and return easy or work their passage up the river.  They were Beverlin, Ashbrook, Garnett, Nelson, O’Neal and Wright.  – Maitland Newspaper.

Am I Blue?

There are winter blues, and then there are blues in the winter.  From the Skidmore Standard, February 4, 1899, page 1:

E. L. Wilson, one of our merchants, had a bad attack of the blues Monday morning, or at least that is what one of his early customers thought.  But the truth of the matter is several bottles of liquid bluing had frozen and broken the night before and Mr. Wilson’s hands and clothing were in about the same condition as a ten year old boy’s would be after he has spilled a bottle of ink during school hours.