Bryan at Quitman, 1902

Skidmore’s almost brush with fame, and Quitman’s response, from the September 30, 1902 Skidmore New Era, page 4:

W. J. Bryan is to speak at Quitman the afternoon of October 6. This is one time that Quitman got ahead of us, for Skidmore could have secured the date if somebody had done a little hustling. But every one was too busy with the Punkin Show, and no one took the matter in hand, so that is why we lost the chance of having Bryan in Skidmore. — Standard.

Yes, Brother, Skidmore might have secured Mr. Bryan “if,” but don’t you remember the little story about “if”? However it isn’t very far from Skidmore to Quitman and we’re going to have a special train, you know, and we would be glad to have “every mother’s son of you” come up and spend the day with us. We’ll feed you on the best of barbecued beef, and besides that we “sorter” feel like Skidmore owes us a good crowd on the 6th from the fact that nearly the whole town of Quitman went down to the Punkin Show last week. — Quitman Record.