From the January 17, 1902 Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:
On Monday evening, last, a few minutes after Mr. J. C. Botkin and family and Mr. John Knecht and family arrived at Mr. J. W. Stevenson’s to spend the evening, Messrs. Geo. Stevenson, Ernest Stevenson and Oscar Fox were completely surprised by an avalanche of their Salem friends — about twenty in number. The guests evidently came to enjoy themselves and the time was merrily spent in games and music until the wee sma’ hours. Everyone voted surprises to enjoyable that it was decided to have another, Wednesday evening in honor of Miss Eva Hubbard.
From the February 24, 1903 Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:
Grit Git Gumption
These three qualities are very necessary to any young man who wishes to succeed in this world. He must have grit or he cannot hope to successfully push his way in these strenuous times. He must have git or he will be a failure in this rustling, hustling world. He must have gumption, the clear level headed sense, which would enable him to enter into a business enterprise and successfully combat the difficulties of business men of to-day. With these three qualities aided by a gentlemanly appearance no young man need be afraid to venture out into this world, for he is sure to be crowned with success.
From the January 21, 1926 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:
Johnny Hart Rents the Skidmore Land
Johnny Hart rented the Mrs. Skidmore land Wednesday and possession to be given March 1st. Altogether, there are 225 acres which includes the residence property.
Johnny and his wife (Maude Taylor) were married recently and will move into the Skidmore residence just west of town as soon as Prof. and Mrs. Pierce can give possession.
Johnny has had considerable experience in farming, as he has assisted his father on the farm all his life, and there is no doubt but what he will make a successful farmer.
From the February 10, 1927 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:
A Notion Sale at the Eureka School
The Eureka School, located three miles south and a quarter of a mile west, will be the scene of a notion sale Friday night. Anything from an onion to a Ford car will be accepted for sale, the money derived therefrom to be turned over to the school.
The first part of the program will be given by the children of the school. The second half will be given by the Shelton Sisters of Skidmore. A fine program is being prepared and a full evening is in store for those who attend.
The sale will follow the program and a cafeteria supper will follow the sale.
Everybody is invited and urged to attend. The program will commence at eight o’clock sharp. Come and enjoy a fine program and take part in the sale. You will enjoy yourself.
Mrs. T. H. Cowan is the teacher.
We take a break from the hearts and flowers of February to bring you the following advertisement for a “story of melodramatic daring,” as it appeared in the Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), February 20, 1919, page 4:Read More
From the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), March 8, 1906, page 1:
At the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Noffsinger, who reside in Holt county, eight miles north of Mound City, on Wednesday, February 28, at high noon, Mr. Pearl C. Hays and Miss Blanche S. Noffsinger were united in wedlock by Rev. W. H. Welton, of Skidmore, in the presence of the near relatives of the contracting parties.
The marriage was solemnized by the use of the Episcopal service properly abridged for the occasion.
Following this service was the informal congratulations of friends, the bestowing of many fine bridal gifts which were both useful and ornamental.
Then came the wedding feast such as can only be anticipated by people living in Missouri.
A reception and after-dinner was tendered them on the following day by their uncle and aunt, John G. and Isabella Hays, at their home, near Burr Oak Church, where a large company of guests assembled to enjoy the day and partake of another feast served in a manner becoming the occasion and to share the hospitality at the Hays home.
In the evening the newly wedded couple drove to Maryville to spend a few days with the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Hays.
They are now at home to their friends on the farm two and one half miles north-west of Skidmore.
These young people are widely known and highly respected by the people of this township, and all join in wishing them a long and happy journey through life.
From the February 6, 1908 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:
A Pleasant Surprise.
Monday, January 27, the relatives and friends of W. G. Mast and wife gave them a surprise, it being their 32nd wedding anniversary. All arrived at the same time and found Mrs. Mast busy sewing and Mr. Mast was waiting for a wheat buyer, as his daughter went to the telephone that morning and called herself and made believe she was talking to a man who had been trying to buy wheat. The “buyers” arrived at about eleven o’clock with well filled baskets.
Pleasant conversation and a general old fashioned good time was the report of all who was there, to say nothing of the sumptuous dinner.
Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. P. P. Shull, Guy Sewell and family, Mrs. Mary Twaddell, John Mast, Miles Cook and wife, Clyde Mast and wife and daughter, Roy Slauson and family, Chas. Lawrence and wife and baby, J. B. Taylor and Orvil Willhoyt of near Maryville, Misses Blanche Cook, Ruby Shull, Carrie Twaddell, Martha Walker, Messrs Dean and Joe Shull, Lloyd and Roy Twaddell, Bert Murray, Walter McGinnis, Frank Lawson and Everett Cook. Bert Murray brought his kodak and took several snap shots of the crowd.
One Who Was There.