Bilby’s Picnic: 150 Pounds of Fish, Fried Chicken in Plenty

As reported in the August 10, 1905 Skidmore New Era, page 1:

Bilby’s Picnic

Last Saturday the friends and those employed on the Bilby ranches were given a picnic by Russell Bilby on the banks of the Nodaway, north of this place.

Mr. Bilby had had prepared a dinner in quality fit for a king and in quantity sufficient to feed a small army. The feast was made up of 150 pounds of fish, done to a turn, fried chicken in plenty, lots of melons, oranges, bananas, lemonade and all that goes to satisfy the appetite of the hungry.

But the excellent dinner was not all that went to make it a day of pleasure for those who were there to spend the day. There was provided boats for those who cared to boat ride; there were swings for those who like to swing; croquet was also played and music was furnished to entertain the thousand or more who were in attendance.