Ravenwood Gazette For The Win

From the Skidmore Standard, December 21, 1900, page 1:

It looks funny – and sounds funnier – to see a girl who has been away from home a week or ten days – or perhaps longer – get off the train and kiss the eight or ten friends – girl friends, of course – who have congregated there to meet her.

The Standard shared its copy with a number of other area newspapers, and from time to time, one paper would comment on another paper’s items, starting a paper-to-paper conversation that often ran across multiple editions.  Such was the case in the January 4, 1901 edition of the Standard, which printed the following response to the above on its own page 8:

Under the caption, “Give Him a Chance,” The editor of the Ravenwood Gazette dips his pen in his ink well of benevolent kindness and endeavors to do us a genuine fraternal favor.  He cannot act on his own advice because he became a husband not many moons ago and his wife who used to wield the birch would surely assert her rights.

Under the circumstances, we sincerely thank Bro. Smith; but since conductor Tom Clark says, when he holds his train while some of the dear girls meet or part, that that is a good way to catch diphtheria, and as it is a little out of our line, we will still continue to use the grip as the principal sign of our fraternal tendencies.

The Gazette item: — The Skidmore Standard says, “It looks funny – and sounds funnier – to see a girl who has been away from home a week or ten days – or perhaps longer – get off the train and kiss eight or ten friends – girl friends of course – who have congregated to meet her.”  We are sorry that the deep and solemn signification of such ceremonies awaken thoughts of levity in a brother editor.  We suggest that the Skidmore girls admit the Standard man to honorary membership on all reception committees, that he may become more fraternal.

Burr Oak Social Life

Winter may have lingered, but the youth of Skidmore and surrounding communities were hardy souls and did not let a little cold weather keep them from socializing. From the March 9, 1900 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

Burr Oak Social Life.

Monday evening, February 26, a company of young people gathered at the home of Miss Mabel Barrett, it being the occasion of her — birthday. The arrangements had been made so quietly that to say she was surprised would be expressing it mildly. However she soon regained her self-possession and proceeded to make the evening enjoyable for all. Authors, dominos, crokinole and other pleasant games were played.

At 9:30 the guests were conducted to the dining room where refreshments of oysters, ice cream and nuts were served. Afterward the guests reassembled in the parlors and until the “wee small hours” the merry making went on.

After wishing their hostess many happy birthdays the company dispersed feeling that they had spent a very pleasant evening.

On the Friday evening following, the same merry young people, with several others, met at the home of Miss Emma Murray. In her own charming manner Miss Emma received her guests in such a way as to place each at his ease. Soon the house was sounding with laughter of those engaged in the mirth-provoking games. At ten o’clock a dainty supper was served, after which a shadow pantomime furnished entertainment for some time.

The musical part of the entertainment deserves special mention as every one was delighted with the piano, violin and accordion music, also a solo rendered by Miss Rura Morford was much appreciated. Miss Emma and her brothers are noted for their musical talent and the young people always find it a treat to hear them.

Shortly after midnight the guests departed feeling that this had been one of the pleasantest evenings of their lives and realize that occasions of this kind make life really worth living.

– One Present.