Ira Porter Marries Miss Florence Campbell, 1915

Most, but not all, wedding announcements in the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri) were pretty brief.  Here’s one with more detail than usual from the September 2, 1915 edition, page 8:

Mr. and Mrs. Ira Porter Home.

Ira Porter who left in June telling his friends he was going to the Panama Pacific Exposition, but later sent word back he was in Long Beach, California, and on the 17 of August, would be married to Miss Florence Campbell, of that place.  Now we all have our doubts as to whether he ever saw the exposition.  Whether he did or not, it is up to him to explain.

Mr. and Mrs. Porter arrived in Skidmore Monday morning and went to the home of Ira’s father, southwest of town.

In the evening a number of young people went out to the Porter home, where a social evening was spent.

It has been the custom for a number of years when one of Ira’s chums got married to give him a ducking in a water tank.  The boys went prepared to administer this to Ira and sure enough gave him one.

To make the job complete they also gave Wm. Howden, Jr. the same treatment, who was married about a year ago, but who had never been initiated in this manner.

It is useless for us to say anything in regard to Mr. Porter’s standing in the community as he was reared here and everyone knows him to be honest, energetic and a good business man.

Mrs. Porter is a stranger to the people here, but we extend to her a most hearty welcome, and hope she will find us to be congenial people.

Mr. and Mrs. Porter have rented rooms at the R. G. Medsker residence, where they will be at home to their friends for the present.

The following article was taken from the Long Beach, Calif., Telegram, August 18:  A charming romance which finds its origins in school days in the East, was culminated last evening when Miss Florence Campbell, daughter of Robert A. Campbell of 1559 Appleton, became the wife of Ira E. Porter, a prominent banker of Skidmore, Missouri.

Mr. Porter and his wife were school friends in Tarkio, Missouri.  After coming to California, Miss Campbell finished her education in Occidental College.  Soon after her graduation she was called to the enviable position of private secretary to the general manager of the Riverside Portland Cement company.  Her success in business did not keep her from taking an active and leading part in club work, she having been secretary of the College Women’s club of Los Angeles, and a member of the local Music Study Club.

The service was read by the Rev. Grant Evans in the Second Presbyterian church.  The bride having expressed her preference for wild flowers, her friends had massed every corner of the nave with wild blossoms.  A color scheme of pink and yellow was carried out, over a background of green ferns.

At eight thirty, when a large number of friends of the young couple had gathered in the church the ceremony was opened with charmingly rendered solos by Mrs. Wells Rafeburn and mr. C. C. Mason, Miss Sarah ellen Barnes, the musician, then played Lohengrin’s wedding march as a processional.  The flower children, Helen Rathburn and Kenneth Lewis strewed flowers before the bridal party.  Miss Hester Craig, the maid of honor and Miss Caroline Hartwig, the bridesmaid were gowned in dainty dresses which carried out the color scheme of pink and yellow.  Each carried a bouquet of pink dahlias.

The bride was charming in an exquisite gown of pure white, which was embellished by a long bridal veil of airy fabric.  In her arms she carried an exquisite shower bouquet of pink rosebuds.  The groom and the best man, John DeLairo, were dressed in the conventional black.

After a short trip through southeastern California the couple will leave for Skidmore, Mo., where they will make their home.  The many friends of Mrs. Porter regret to lose so charming a young woman from their midst, but their best wishes for a happy voyage on the matrimonial sea accompany.


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Paloma Wadding Marries Dallas Judy, 1915

Wedding bells from the September 2, 1915 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 8:

Married Last Thursday.

Miss Paloma Wadding, the only daughter of Rev. and Mrs. G. C. Wadding of Graham, was united in marriage last Thursday at seven o’clock, to Mr. Dallas J. Judy of Graham.  Rev. G. C. Wadding, father of the bride, officiating.

Mrs. Judy is an accomplished young lady of many fine qualities and will make Mr. Judy a useful companion.

Mr. Judy is the son of John Judy, the well known and reliable blacksmith of Graham.  He is a Graduate of the Graham High School and the State Normal of Maryville.

May their lives be blessed with all the good things of life is the wish of The New Era.

They have made no definite plans for their future residence.

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Do you recognize this house?

This ad appeared in several editions of the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri) in September 1914.  We are guessing that it is the home built by Mr. and Mrs. Leander Jackson Pope (Sarah Elizabeth Smock), as H. M. Pope is listed as Executor.  Sarah died in 1913, and her obituary makes reference to the couple moving to Skidmore in 1905 and “building a nice house,” although the 1905 Skidmore New Era reports that the couple purchased a home on East Elm street from J. D. Montgomery.

Do you recognize it?  Post a comment or send us an email (nostoryuntold at gmail will reach us).

Photograph of a light-colored house with a peaked roof and a large front porch.  The porch is rounded at the corners.  "For Sale, A good 8 room residence in fine shape, two lots, good well, good barn and other out buildings, situated in Highland View, a desirable location, price reasonable.  Phone or call on H. M. Pope, executor.

Advertisement from the September 18, 1914 edition of the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri). House for sale by H. M. Pope.

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Schoolhouse Water Analyzed, 1914

From the September 11, 1914 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 4:

Water Analyzed

A sample of the school house water has been sent to a chemist at St. Joseph and analyzed.

This precaution was taken not because there were impurities of the water, but because the school board, the board of health of Skidmore and all Skidmore citizens wanted to be on the safe side when the children of the district begin using this water for drinking purposes.

Dr. J. E. Pierpoint sent a sample of this water to A. B. McGlotham, M. D., of St. Joseph and following is his reply:

Laboratory Report

August 8, 1914

Dr. J. E. Pierpoint: —

Sample Water:  Bacteria per c. c. 150.  Bacilli coli absent in 40 c. of water.

It is generally accepted, if water shows the presence of the colon bacillus in quantities of 1 c.c. or less, it is suspicious.

The sample you sent is evidently a good drinking water.

Signed, A. B. McGlotham, M. D.

According to the St. Joseph chemist, patrons of the school need have no fears whatever of germs in the water.  It not only shows an absence of bacillus in 1 c. c. but it has an absence in 40 c. c. or all the water sent.


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Happy Birthday, Mary Settles Howard

From the September 27, 1906 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

A Pleasant Surprise.

Last Saturday, Sept. 22, a host of friends and relatives gathered at the home of Walker Howard, two and one half miles southeast of town, to celebrate Mrs. Howard’s sixtieth birthday.

While Mr. and Mrs. Howard were gone to Skidmore to meet their daughter, Mrs. Busby and husband, a crowd of 56 gathered with well filled baskets to celebrate this eventful day.  Not only did they bring their baskets well filled, but several useful as well as ornamental presents were received.

Those present were:  L. R. Rhodes and family, Mound City, Ed Minnerly and family, Earl Busby and family, Quitman, Geo. Minnerly and wife, Chicago, Wm. Renoud, New York, Mrs. Katron, Fairfax, Mrs. P. P. Shull and daughters Florence and Ruby, Mrs. Mary Twaddell, son Lloyd and daughter Carrie, Joseph Sullivan and wife, Lee Teson and family, Ed Dawson and family, D. B. Linville and family, C. C. Hendrix and wife, Mrs. Ravenaux, J. M. French and family, T. A. Hughes and family, J. T. VanAusdall and wife, Jno. Mast, Mrs. T. O. Parsons and Mrs. Martha Walker.

At an early hour they all departed for their homes, wishing Mrs. Howard many more pleasant birthday dinners.  Three snap shots were taken of the crowd.


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Nora Sewell Leaves the Commercial Hotel, Moves to Kansas City

From the September 18, 1914 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Leased the Hotel – Will Move to K. C.

Mrs. Nora Sewell Has Leased Hotel to James W. Wilson, and Will Run Rooming House in Kansas City.

Antique photo image of two buildings. The smaller building has a sign which reads, "The New Commercial Hotel."

Image of the New Commercial Hotel in Skidmore, Missouri, date unknown.

James W. Wilson of Skidmore has become proprietor of the Commercial Hotel and will take possession the 1st of October.  Mrs. Sewell has leased a large rooming house on 16th and 29th West Central Street and will move to Kansas City.  Mrs. Sewell’s new location is two and one-half blocks from the new Union Depot at Kansas City, and just seven blocks from the center of the business district.  It is a fine building and a very desirable location.  The new Union Depot is just completed and the opening day was September 15.

Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Manning will live with Mrs. Sewell.  Mr. Manning and the Sewell boys, Quay and Timmy will have positions down town.

Mrs. Sewell has been in the Commercial Hotel at Skidmore for twelve years and her experience will qualify her as an excellent landlady for a large rooming house.

Mr. Wilson is a man of considerable business experience and will make a good proprietor for the hotel.  He knows the wants of the traveling men and has the ability for a good hotel man.

Later, the October 15 ,1914 edition announced on page 7:

Quay Sewell left last week for Kansas City where he will make his future home.  Mrs. Nora Sewell, the proprietress of the Commercial hotel at Skidmore for so long, moved to Kansas City the first of the month and is now running a rooming house there.


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Bess Gray Visits from El Paso, 1914

Visiting news from the September 11, 1914 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Antique photograph of a pretty woman.  She is wearing a high-necked dark blouse and has her dark hair up.  She is smiling.

Photo of Bess Gray, date unknown.

Will Leave for Home Next Week.

Miss Bessie Gray, who has been visiting her brothers, T. C. and Mervyn Gray, will leave for her home in El Paso, Texas next week.

Miss Bessie has a situation as Information clerk in the Try-State Telephone Co. of Texas which has head quarters at El Paso.  She has been with this company six years and has become very efficient in her work.  The company employs 100 girls at El Paso and transact a great amount of business.  The offices are modernly equipped in every respect and the work is systematized until the best possible results are attained.


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