Cleve Thudder and Tom Bailey Run Away

From the December 2, 1902 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

Ran Away.

The community was startled last Sunday by the report that Cleve Thudder and Tom Bailey had run away the day before.  Inquiry revealed that the rumor was true.  It seems that they boarded the afternoon freight which leaves here about 2 o’clock and went as far as Burlington Junction at which place they got off, since that time nothing definite has been heard from them.


T. M. Tudder, grandfather of Cleve, and D. F. Baily, father of Tom, have gone to Council Bluffs, Omaha and all points in that direction, and as far down the road as Maryville, but no trace could be had, except that Mr. Tudder saw a man at Pacific Junction who saw two boys last Sunday night that answered the description pretty well but nothing certain.  The train men with whom they rode said that they got off at Burlington Junction and went out on the platform but they evidently suspected nothing and paid no attention to them.


The boys are not known to have any money and can travel but a short distance without help.  It is suspected that Cleve Tudder will try to make his way to Washington, as he has some relatives out there and has been wanting to go there for some time.  Both boys are small and not very strong for their ages, hence the anxiety of their relatives about them this inclement weather.


No known cause can be given for their running away, as they both have or had good homes. — Elmo Register.


A reward has been offered for their detention.

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Christian Endeavor Social, 1899

Miss Anna Linville was scheduled to host the November Christian Endeavor society social for Skidmore’s Christian Church, reported the November 17, 1899 edition of the Skidmore Standard: “The usual monthly social of the Christian Endeavor will be held at the home of Miss Anna Linville next Saturday evening. A good program; a good time. Come.”

A good time was indeed had by all, as was reported in the following week’s issue:

The Monthly socials of the Christian Church have gained greatly in interest and are now attended by a large number of orderly young people. Friday evening of last week, the social was held at Miss Anna Linville’s home and a very enjoyable time was experienced by each one present. Miss Anna proved herself to be a splendid entertainer. One of the most pleasurable games played was “Hidden Arts,” in which prizes were awarded. Luke Dodds and Miss Mattie Porter won first prize – a box of bon-bons, and Frank Manchester and Miss Zola Burk the booby prize – a child’s broom. This last prize was intended, by the donor, to be used by the parties winning it to scrub the cob-webs out of their thinking bonnets.

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Parcels to Soldiers, 1918

We are thinking of our men and women in the armed forces overseas today, as they were in 1918. From the October 31, 1918 Skidmore News, page 1:

Parcels to Soldiers in Over-Seas Service.

To save valuable time this letter has been sent direct by the Division Office to all chapters, Branches and Community Auxiliaries.


1. The relatives and friends of men in service abroad have been longing for some means of making Christmas overseas as merry as conditions may permit. Responding to this desire, the War Department has decided that each man overseas may receive from his family or friends one Christmas package of standard size and approximately of standard contents.


2. An arrangement has been perfected by the War Department, Post Office Department and the American Red Cross, whereby the Red Cross has undertaken to cooperate in the preparation for mailing of these Christmas parcels.


3. To avoid any duplication of parcels and to make sure that each parcel will be correctly addressed, a Christmas parcel label is now being issued to the men by the army abroad.


4. The men will be instructed to mail the label to some relative or friend in America, who, upon receiving it will apply to the nearest Chapter, Branch, or Auxiliary headquarters of the Red Cross, or at such other place as may be designated by the Red Cross, where, upon showing the Christmas parcel label, he will receive from the Red Cross without charge one carton 3x4x9 inches in size. The Christmas parcel label displayed by the relative or friend is NOT to be turned over to the Red Cross nor to any representative of the Red Cross at this time. It is merely to be shown to the Red Cross by the holder to indicate that he is entitled to one of the paste-board cartons. Bear this instruction constantly in mind, for if it is ignored and the parcel label is lost or misplaced, embarrassment to the Red Cross is sure to result.


5. To simplify the execution of this plan, a sufficient number of specially manufactured pasteboard cartons have been purchased by the Division office. According to the plan hereinafter described, the Division office will supply Chapters with these cartons, to be in turn supplied by the Chapters to persons holding and showing the Christmas parcel label.


6. The person receiving a carton may fill it with any combination of articles which will fit in it, and which are not barred by the Post Office Department.

Following is a list of prohibited articles:
(a) All spirituous, vinous, malted, fermented or other intoxicating liquors.
(b) All kinds of poison and all articles and compositions containing poison.
(c) Explosives of all kinds.
(d) Inflammable materials, including friction matches.
(e) Infernal machines and mechanical, chemical or other devices of composition which may ignite or explode.
Note — Under this classification would come cigarette lighters, etc.
(f) Liquids or liquefiable articles, fragile articles and other admissible matter when not packed in accordance with the requirements of the Postal Laws and Regulations.
(g) All other articles which may kill, or in any wise hurt, harm or injure another, or damage or deface or otherwise injure the mails or other property.


Nothing should go in a Christmas Parcel which will not keep fresh from the time of packing until Christmas. Dried fruits and other food products should be packed in small tin or wooden boxes, one-quarter to one-half pound sizes. Hard Candy, including chocolate, would probably be safe in tin foil or heavy cardboard, but no soft chocolate nor anything that could possibly be crushed should be used, as the remaining contents of the package might be spoiled thereby. Several dainties packed in oblong tin boxes holding each a quarter of a pound will provide a better variety for a packet than a larger quantity of a single confection. No liquids nor articles packed in glass should be placed in the package. For wrapping the gifts, use a khaki-colored handkerchief, twenty-seven inches square.


When the package has been packed, it should be taken, unwrapped and unsealed, together with the label and sufficient stamps, to the nearest collection center designated by the Red Cross. After the package has passed the inspection of the Red Cross representatives as to contents and weight and has been wrapped in stout paper, the Christmas label bearing the address of the man for whom it is intended is placed on it. The person sending the package, in the presence of the Red Cross worker, is required to affix stamps sufficient to carry it to Hoboken, New Jersey. The postal charges are to be at the rate of fourth class or parcel post zone rate. A label certifying that the inspection has been completed by the Red Cross is placed on the package, which is left in the custody of the Red Cross until delivered to the postal authorities.

For further information call any Red Cross officer.

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No Such Thing as Christmas Shopping Being Made Easy

Shopping advice, including suitable things for presents, from Sewell Bros. & Montgomery in the Skidmore Standard, December 13, 1901 Skidmore Standard:

Advertisement for Sewell Bros. & Montgomery of Skidmore, Missouri

From the December 13, 1901 Skidmore Standard.

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Patronize the Home Merchant

Some sound shopping advice for all of us today from the November 21, 1902 Skidmore Standard:

Patronize the Home Merchant


Now that the holiday season is not far off we want to say a word in favor of the merchants of Skidmore.


The merchants of Skidmore, when they make a selection of holiday goods, get those that they think will please their trade and be of the most use to the purchaser of whom the article is intended when it is purchased for a gift. They exercise great care in buying goods and their investment will amount to no little sum and should be appreciated by the trade of this vicinity.


The people of Skidmore and surrounding country owe it to themselves to buy their goods at home. The merchants are to please and accommodate you and these wares can be purchased as cheap or cheaper than they can of some mail order concern where you cannot see what you are buying.


If the people will trade at home, they will help themselves as well as well as the merchant, for the money paid the home merchant will be placed in circulation at home and the more money in circulation in a community, the more prosperous is the community. You have a chance to get back some of the money you spent with a home merchant, but there is no possible show of your getting back any money you send away from home.


It is important that the home merchant be encouraged in this manner, he is what keeps your town in a progressive state and makes your property more valuable.

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Turkey Day

Good news for the turkey from the December 28, 1900 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

Thanksgiving illustration featuring a turkey and a maiden holding a pumpkin.

Thanksgiving illustration from the November 24, 1899 Skidmore Standard.

There was one gobbler in Skidmore that wasn’t gobbled on Christmas Day, and so far as his owner knows he is still able to fly high and gobble proudly. He occupied the roost of honor in A. H. Garnett’s coop the night before Christmas but escaped the next morning when Mr. Garnett attempted to lay hands on him. At sometime during the day he perched himself on nearly every housetop in town but never once trusted himself on earth again, so he is still a free turkey.

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Thanksgiving Groceries

From the November 18, 1915 Skidmore New Era:

Thanksgiving advertisement for Barrett Mercantile Company

Ad for Barrett Mercantile Co. from the November 18, 1915 Skidmore New Era

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