New Barber Shop, 1921

On this day in 1921, Skidmore, Missouri gained a barber shop.  Not only was it new, it was clean and decent enough for the ladies.  From the May 26, 1921 Skidmore News, page 1:

New Barber Shop Opens Today.

Two young men from King City, Mr. Alldredge and Mr. Morris, have taken possession of the barber shop in the basement below the Bank of Skidmore.  They arrived Tuesday, but did not open the shop until today.

See their ad elsewhere in this issue.

Advertisement:  Opened for Business.  We have opened a new Barber Shop in the basement of the Bank of Skidmore building.  We are running a clean shop, a decent place for ladies to come.  Prices:  20 and 35 cents.  Ladies' and Gents' Shining Parlor  in Connection.  Morris & Alldredge, Skidmore, Missouri.

From the May 26, 1921 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 5



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Happy Birthday, Mrs. Ed Clark

Your humble storyteller thinks this article celebrates Cedona Tracy Clark.  Please let us know if we’ve guessed at the wrong Mrs. Ed Clark.  From the May 26, 1921 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Birthday Dinner for Mrs. Clark.

A surprise dinner was given for Mrs. Ed Clark at the Clark home east of town last Sunday.  The following report was written by one of the guests:

Sunday, May 22, the neighbors and friends of Mrs. Ed Clark thought that she had forgotten that it was her 60th birthday, and that they would remind her and Mr. Clark of the fact.  So accordingly everyone prepared a well-filled basket with the good things that only farmers’ wives can prepare and hied themselves to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clark.

Mr. Clark had “smelled a mouse” by the strange way that some of the neighbors acted by calling and saying that they would be in to spend the evening with them, but he never said a word to Mrs. Clark, who was really and truly surprised.  Never-the-less, all were made welcome and all hands got busy and unpacked the baskets of good things, which were served on tables on the lawn.  Every one did justice to the splendid dinner but Mr. Clark and J. R. Bagby, who felt a little bashful.

Those present were:  Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Bagby, Mr. and Mrs. Perl Hays; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Iddings; Mrs. Noffsinger; Mr. and Mrs. Walter McGinnis and daughter, Leora; Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Hughes and daughters, Edna and Mabel; Mr. and Mrs. Roe Lowrance and children, Reed and Ruey; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Strickler and daughter, Geraldine; Mrs. Susan Tracy; Mr. and Mrs. James Parshall; Mr. and Mrs. Milt Duffey; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Cottrell; Mrs. Ed Lowrance and son, Mark; Mr. and Mrs. Jess Winger and children, Dorothy, Opal, Lois, and Wayne; Mrs. D. B. Linville; Mr. and Mrs. Everett Cook and children, Ruth and Pauline; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Shull; Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Walton and children, Lois and Morris; Mr. and Mrs. John Lowrance; Harvey and Leland Linville; Hattie and Rinda Linville; Gladys Neuffer; Maggie Lowrance; Marvin and Dillard Lowrance; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Clark and Mrs. Clark’s sister, Mrs. Ella Welling of Monte Vista, Colo.

Everyone present spent a most enjoyable day and wished Mrs. Clark many more such birthdays.


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Skidmore Improves Bandstand, 1916

Civic improvements, as reported in the May 25, 1916 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Improving Band Stand

Workmen have been building a cement balustrade around the band stand this week.  They are also putting a steel ceiling on.  The improvements will enhance the appearance of our public building considerably.  The work was financed by the Civic League.

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Hail Storm at Skidmore, 1916

It sounds like the damage could have been worse, but nevertheless, let’s hope Nodaway County misses such storms in the present day.  Here’s the weather report from the May 25, 1916 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Hail Storm at Skidmore

A terrific storm visited Skidmore and the surrounding country Tuesday night about 11:15 o’clock.  Accompanied by heavy wind and hailstones the size of a pigeon’s egg, the storm coming at the time it did caused people to imagine the worst and many sought the safety of cyclone dugouts.

Wednesday morning’s light encouraged the people to hope the damage was not as great as expected.  The leaves were torn from trees, but the trees were not blown down or limbs broken to any serious extent.  Shrubbery was blown about and tangled, but the greatest damage in town was done to vegetables.  They were beaten down and dirt washed from around their roots.

In the county, bridges were washed out on Hickory creek west of town, and some bridges damaged east of town.  Nodaway river is out of bounds west and south, cutting off communication with districts in those directions.

On the railroad no trains have arrived from the north since Tuesday, the rails having been either washed from the bed or covered with dirt and debris to a depth that will have to be removed before trains can run.  The Florida, Sand and Bowman creeks are all out of bounds and Bowman creek has been the most trouble to the railroad, having washed out rails and ties for quite a distance.  The railroad expects to have trains running from the north today (Thursday), and we hope they may be right.

The reports as to the damage to the various crops from the neighborhood have been meagre, partly from the lack of communication and partly because those interested have been too busy to furnish an estimate.  It is hoped they may not be serious, though corn was badly beaten down and fears are expressed as to how much was washed out.


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Fire in Downtown Skidmore, Damage Estimated at $25

Now we know why they tell us to mind our beeswax.  An accident report from the May 31, 1906 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Fire Loss of Twenty-five Dollars.

Shortly after noon on Wednesday of last week a pan of melted beeswax was accidentally upset on a gasoline torch causing the beeswax to ignite.  The fire spread rapidly and had it not been for the quick work of men near at hand it is probable that the Opera Block, in an upper room of which the accident occurred, would have been burned.  As it was the walls of the room were smoked and the paint on the woodwork and on some telephones stored in the room was blistered.  A few window panes were also broken by the heat.  The entire damage is estimated at $25.


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Skidmore Library Grows, 1922

Good news for readers in Skidmore, Missouri in 1922.  From the Skidmore News, May 25, 1922, page 1:

Added 100 Books to the Legion Library

Benefit Reception Yesterday Afternoon and Evening Was Quite Successful.

The Library benefit reception given by the Neighborly Club yesterday afternoon and evening at the Legion Hall, was well attended in spite of the rain.

One hundred books and a subscription to the American Magazine were received.  The books included popular novels, books of travel, history, etc., and a Bible, which was given by the Christian Science Society.

Miss Viva Peters spoke in the afternoon, on the need of a library, and Rev. C. E. Olson, F. H. Barrett, Rev. E. F. Hagee and Dr. J. E. Pierpoint spoke on the same subject in the evening.  A Victrola, loaned by the Model Drug Co., furnished music throughout the after noon and evening.  Somerset was played after the evening program, and a general good time was enjoyed socially.  Light refreshments of tea and wafers were served.

The receiving line was composed of Mrs. H. W. Montgomery, Mrs. Mark Loucks and Mrs. G. L. Lewis.  Mrs. L. W. Garnett and Mrs. Bess Cottril presided over the tea table in the afternoon, and Mrs. G. O. Riley and Mrs. G. L. Lewis in the evening.

Very few from the country were able to attend, on account of the rain; but a number called by telephone, saying that they had intended to come, and promising to send their books in.  Each person attending was asked to bring one book, but many brought two and some brought as many as five or six.  There are now more than two hundred books in the library, and those who have been working so hard trying to get it started are feeling very much encouraged.

Yesterday’s reception was by far the biggest step that has been taken toward really getting the library on its feet, and it is hoped that since it has been started other organizations will take it up.  One Sunday School class is already planning a contribution.

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Skidmore Telephone Companies Combine, 1912

Mergers and acquisitions news from the May 16, 1912 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Skidmore Telephone Co’s Consolidate.

Nodaway Valley and Farmers Telephone Companies Consolidate – New Officers Elected and Constitution and By-Laws Adopted.

At a called and special meeting Thursday, May 9, the two telephone companies of Skidmore voted to dissolve the old and separate companies and form a new company, embracing all the wire, poles, equipment and property of the old companies, to be known as the Consolidated Telephone Company of Skidmore, Missouri.  The new consolidation to take effect June 15, 1912.

The members of the old companies met Thursday afternoon and perfected a temporary organization by electing W. J. Skidmore chairman, and D. R. Baker secretary.

The capital stock of the new organization was made $6,000, with the par value of shares at $15 each; one share in the company entitles a city resident to one phone and two shares, a country resident to one phone.

The officers elected consist of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and three directors, all of which will constitute a general board of seven directors, which will have charge of the business and property of the company.

The officers and board as elected are:  F. C. Barber, President.  D. F. Mitchell, Vice-President.  R. A. Walker, Secretary.  Dr. J. E. Pierpoint, Treasurer.  W. J. Hitchcock, Wm. Taylor, and W. B. Ward, Directors.

The new company will start out with nearly 300 phones in good working order.  All of the country phones will be 5-bar bridging phones, new or in good shape.  It is expected that this number will be greatly increased in the near future, as a great many applications are already in for membership.

The dues to members of the company have been fixed at 60 cents per month, the member to own and keep his own phone.  The rental phones, to those not in the company, will be $1.00 in town and $1.50, per month, in the country.

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