Party for Lillie McDowell and Marion Smock

More social news from the January 9, 1913 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 4:

Birthday Party

A very pleasant and entertaining party was given Saturday by Mr. and Mrs. Ray Pope in honor of the birthdays of Lillie McDowell and Marion Smock.  Although a very cold night, Mr. Smock would have received a good bath in the horse tank but for the idleness of Mr. Pope’s pump engine, being denied this pleasure the guests played various games.  At a late hour they departed for their homes, voting Mr. and Mrs. Pope very congenial entertainers.  Those present were Noma Allen, Clarinda, Iowa; Henry and Lee Smock, Portland, Oregon; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cole and son, Harry; Fred Dyson, Orval Lowrance, Carry Hester, Oren German, Everett Dawson, Walter McGinnis, Joe Shull, Fred Mast, Roy Hopkins, Halley Merritt, Fred Conrad, Marion Smock, Chloma Lowrance, Rex Kneifer, Mammie and Birdie Nowland, Ruth and Lillie McDowell and the host and hostess and their son, Donald.


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Bank of Skidmore: Watch Us Grow

The Bank of Skidmore was growing in 1913.  Advertisement from the January 9, 1913 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1 (click to enlarge):

The Bank of Skidmore Deposits from January 1, 1905 to January 1, 1913, "Watch Us Grow."  (Ad lists dollar amounts ranging from $13,720.06 in 1905 to $115,156.62 on January 1, 1913.  The Bank of Skidmore, Capital and Surplus Fifteen Thousand.  The Home Bank.

Advertisement for the Bank of Skidmore (Skidmore, Missouri) from the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), January 9, 1913, page 1.

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D. Ward King, Wanted in Brazil

Maitland’s D. Ward King was famous for his innovative approach to road maintenance.  Thanks to the January 9, 1913 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), we know that he was internationally famous:

Wanted in Brazil

D. Ward King of Maitland, the split-log-drag man is wanted in Brazil to superintend and direct extensive road improvements.  The roads of that great agricultural country very badly need improvement as the cost of transportation there is much greater than the average cost here and the government is now seeking men of experience and ability to help them in their work.  He has a proposition from officials of Rio de Janeiro which he is considering and probably will arrange to go, if they will consent to let him return to his home in one year as that is as long as he cares to be away from his business here at one time.


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Winter is Here

From the January 9, 1913 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri):

Winter is Here

We have been almost afraid to say anything about the fine fall weather that we have been having for so long for fear we would break the charm, but as all things must have an end, it came time at last that our fine Indian Summer weather had to give away to winter.

The first real cold snap which struck Skidmore, came Saturday night and now we are experiencing an old time snow storm.  The mercury fell to a little below zero, but later the temperature rose somewhat and was followed by snow.

One year ago Tuesday, January 7, the ground was covered with two feet of snow and the thermometer stood at 16 degrees below zero.


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Manchester & Gill Building, 1902

From the January 17, 1902 Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Dr. J. E. Pierpoint Will Build.

Ground was broken today preparatory to the erection of a large brick building on Walnut street between T. P. Moorhead’s brick building and the one owned by Mrs. A. W. Sewell and occupied by Manchester & Gill.  The building will be 48 feet wide by 60 feet long, and when completed will be occupied by Manchester & Gill with their hardware and harness in addition to a large stock of furniture which they are planning to put in. Dr. J. E. Pierpoint is back of the enterprise.


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Prince L. Trapp Dies in Colorado, 1926

From the January 7, 1926 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1, column 6:

Prince Trapp Dies in Boulder, Colo.

Lived in Graham and Community a Number of Years.  Buried Tuesday Afternoon.

Prince L. Trapp, formerly a resident of the Graham community many years, died at his home in Boulder, Colo., on Thursday, of last week and funeral services were held at Graham Tuesday afternoon, January 5.

Mr. Trapp was 74 years old, having been born on a farm in Andrew County, Mo., on September 11, 1851.  His parents, Elder William R. and Mary A. (Garner) Trapp, were both born in Missouri, Elder Trapp dying near Fillmore in Andrew County in December , 1878, and Mrs. Trapp dying at Graham on July 5th, 1897.

Mr. Trapp spent the first fourteen years of his life in Andrew County, moving to Graham in February, 1866.  After three years residence at Graham the family returned to Andrew County, where Mr. Trapp remained until February, 1870, when he went to colorado, where he engaged in the silver mining during the following six years.  Returning then to Graham, Mr. Trapp engaged in the clothing business, but two years later he turned his attention to farming in Hughes township, to which he devoted his attention until December, 1898, when he again located in Graham and engaged in the lumber business.  The business was conducted under the name of M. M. Rhoades Lumber Co., until June, 1904, when Mr. Trapp bought the entire interests and at that time formed a partnership with his son, Clyde C. Trapp, under the firm name of P. L. Trapp & Son.  Mr. Trapp and his son sold the lumber yard a few years ago, Mr. Trapp moving to Boulder, Colo., and his son, Clyde, moving to Wichita, Kan.

Mr. Trapp had been married twice.  On November 11, 1877, he married Adeke E. Wyman, who died on January 16, 1884.  On April 29, 1885, at De Soto, Ia., Mr. Trapp married Hattie A. Horoer.

Mr. Trapp was a Democrat in his political views and took a deep interest in public affairs.  He was a member of the Christian church. — Democrat-Forum.

Mrs. Edna Trapp Groves went to Graham Tuesday to attend the funeral services of her uncle, Prince L. Trapp.

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Send it to the Editor at Once

From page 1 of the January 7, 1926 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri):

If Any One Has —
Got Married
Borrowed a stamp
Made a speech
Robbed a bank
Bought a Ford
Sold a dog
Lost a wallet
Gone fishing
Broken her neck
Committed suicide
Shot a cat
Been away
Come back
Taken a vacation
Been in a fight
Got licked
Broken a shoe string
Made a bad bet —

Send it the editor at once. It’s news.

— Ex.

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