Babe, Minta, and Edith Go on Tour

The Misses Howden were an active part of young Skidmore, Missouri’s social scene, so when they persuaded Miss Edith Porter to join them in an extended trip across the country, it made front-page news.  From the June 15, 1911 Skidmore New Era, page 1:

Makes Ninety-Day Tour of the Pacific Coast

Three Skidmore Young Ladies Left Tuesday for Extended Visit in Northwest and the Pacific Coast.

Misses Minta and Babe Howden and Miss Edith Porter left Tuesday morning via of the Burlington to Kalispell, Montana, where they will visit for a few days with Mrs. Cecil (Saunders) Claypool and Mrs. Mary (Saunders) Greig, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. S. Saunders of Skidmore.

They will go from Kalispell, to Lapwai, Idaho, where they will visit with Miss Edith’s sisters, Mrs. Mina Larkam and Mrs. Mattie Hogaboam, both former Skidmore ladies.  They of course will have a grand time sightseeing in that new and interesting country, where nature has done so much in making beautiful and picturesque the landscape.

The Misses Howden will go from Idaho to Seattle, Washington and from there to Anacortes, Washington, where they will visit the Wades.  From there they will go to Portland, Oregon, and after taking in the sights of the metropolis of that state they will go from there to San Francisco, probably by ocean steamer.  After visiting the principal tourist resorts in and around Frisco, they will go to Los Angeles, California, returning home by the way of Salt Lake City, Utah, Colorado Springs and Denver, Colorado.  Coming by Lincoln, Nebraska, where they will spend a few days with their aunt, Mrs. Lafe Burnett.  The young ladies are to be congratulated upon the opportunity of this great trip and they have a host of friends who wish them a safe journey and a most enjoyable time.