Millie Phipps Goes to Colorado, 1905

Perhaps you’re traveling this summer and posting pictures to Instagram or updates on Facebook.  Maybe you’re old-fashioned, like we are, and you still like to send postcards.  Or, perhaps you’re like Millie Phipps, and you’ll send a letter to the editor of your home paper, like this one published in the September 21, 1905 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri) on page 4:

My Trip to Colorado.

Mr. Editor:–

I left Mound City, September 4th, in company with Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Mann and two children, via St. Joseph for Denver.  We left St. Joseph at 12 o’clock and arrived at Denver at 3 p.m., Tuesday.

Our train was several hours late on account of being such a long one and so heavily loaded.  There were 13 coaches and all full, and some had to stand up nearly all the way.

The G. A. R. parade took place on Wednesday and we would have liked very much to have seen it but, we were informed that it was impossible to get lodging, for love or money so we took the train for Pueblo, which is about 115 miles south of Denver.  This is a very fine city, of about 65,000 population.  All the hotels and business houses are of stone or brick.  It is a very smoky city owing to the steel and iron smelteries.  It is the Pittsburg of the west.

Wednesday we went to Colorado Springs and took a street car for Colorado City, the old town, which was at one time the capital city. Here we found lodging and board as reasonable as could be found in Missouri.  We got furnished rooms for 50 cents per night for each, and breakfast 25 cents each except children which was only 15 cents.  There was plenty to eat and it was well cooked. I was very much surprised at finding meals so cheap as I was told before going that I would have to pay $1.00 per meal.

On Thursday we walked to the half way station on the Cog Road to Pike’s Peak.  The Peak has an altitude of 14, 147 feet which extends upward from Manitou, at its base, nearly two perpendicular miles.  For $5.00 tourists may ascend and descend the mountain via the famous Cog Road, which is nearly 9 miles long.  This road was completed in 1890 at a cost of nearly $1,000,000.  We were told that two women and three men died the week we were there, who had gone to the top on the cars.  The altitude is so high that a great many cannot stand the trip.  There is much beautiful scenery to be seen along this road.  Manitou is a city of 2,500, situated at the foot of the mountains.  There are found the famous soda and iron springs which together with the  scenery surrounding it has made it one of the most popular summer resorts of Colorado. It is called the Saratoga of the west.

On Friday we went to Cripple Creek which is claimed to be the greatest gold mining camp in the world.  It is a city of 10,000 population entirely surrounded by mountains.  The distance from Colorado Springs across the country is only 20 miles but owing to the winding of the road around the mountains in order to reach the city it is 45 miles long and runs through nine tunnels and sometimes between walls of solid rock which have been blasted out.  We were at one time at an altitude of 10,400 feet the road then went down and around the mountains and we were in full view of the whole city three times before reaching it.  Friday morning we visited the Seven Falls in South Cheyenne Canon.  This is a beautiful sight.  On the road to the Falls one walks part of the time between walls of solid rock which are so high he can hardly see to the top.  A mile or more above the Falls is the grave of Helen Hunt Jackson, one of America’s truest poets and most remarkable women.  Mrs. Jackson was always interested in the welfare of the Indians, and in 1883 was made a commissioner by the government to look into the condition of the Mission Indians of California.  AT her own request she was buried in the Rockies but on account of parties charging tourists to look at her grave, her husband had her body removed to Colorado Springs cemetery. She had lived most of the latter part of her life at Colorado Springs.

On Friday afternoon we hired a carriage with a guide and rode through the Garden of the Gods five miles northwest of Colorado Springs.  The Garden covers 700 acres.  There are many curious formations of rock to be seen there.  The first we came to was the Mushroom Garden which resembles mushrooms in color and formation.  Among others were the baggage room, wine cellar, elephant’s head, Dutch wedding, Jacob’s ladder, Cleveland and family, Roosevelt guarding the Philippines, McKinley’s head and many others.

A person needs to carry a good deal of imagination with him on a trip through the garden.  In this garden is the balance rock which rests its hundred tons of weight on a few feet of base.  We then drove to Glen Eyrie three and one half miles northwest of Colorado Springs contains Echo Rocks, Cathedral Rocks and Major Domo.  Glen Eyrie is the private grounds of Gen. Palmer, founder of Colorado Springs, who has built a fine castle at the foot of the Rockies, and is reached by a beautiful boulevard.  Mr. Palmer spends about one-half his time in Europe.

Sunday morning we boarded the train for the Queen City of the Plains, on arriving there we took a street car and went to the city park, which is very beautiful and contains 320 acres of lawn shrubbery, and water.  It is one and one-half miles northeast of the State Capitol.  Two lakes with boating facilities, deer, elk, buffalo, and antelope in Zoological garden, wild animals in cages, natural history museum and miles of drive ways for autos or horse vehicles.

We took the train at 2:30 p.m., and arrived home MOnday evening feeling that we were well paid for having taken the trip.

Millie C. Phipps.


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Good Game of Base Ball, 1909

We are sure the Clarinda boys were a bunch of fine fellows.  From the August 5, 1909 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Skidmore the Winner; Score 5 to 3.

Cartoon depicting a baseball player holding a butterfly net.  He is grinning as he tries to catch cartoon insects.  The cartoon is captioned, "Berman Deffenbaugh Catching Flies," and "A Great Fly Catcher."

Cartoon from the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), August 5, 1909, page 1. A Great Fly Catcher, Berman Deffenbaugh Catching Flies.

A Good Game With Large Attendance — Good Playing Throughout the Game, And Excellent Out Fielding by Both Sides.

Some Sensational Catches.

The Clarinda Boys a Bunch of Fine Fellows

This is the season of the year when the mercury in the  base ball thermometer shoots up to fever heat; the time of year when it is pretty safe to wager on what the average man is thinking and talking.

He may be in the busy whirl of the great marts of the city, or engaged in the less strenuous and quieter work of the country merchant and business man, no matter where, yet if he is a genuine, live American, with red blood coursing his veins, it is a hundred-to-one shot that he is at least interested in the great National game of base ball.

One of the best games played this season on our diamond was pulled off Sunday when our boys crossed bats with the Clarinda team. This was a good game all the way through and an exciting interest taken from start to finish. ”

The Clarinda boys are not only clever ball players, but are gentlemen in every respect.  They made a great impression while here, both as ball players and as representatives of the city from which they came.

The manager of the visitors, A. Moritz, was profuse in his compliments of the Skidmore players, inviting them up to play at the Clarinda Chautauqua and arranging for another game at this place in the near future.

The umpire, Prof. Drixal, who came down with the Clarinda team, was an umpire in which the spectators delight.  His decisions were fair, prompt and decisive.

The score was 5 to 3 in favor of the home team, the Skidmore players making one tally in the first and four in the second innings, the visitors scoring one each in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings, making a total of 5 for Skidmore and 3 for Clarinda.

Burman Deffenbaugh, a substitute in the home team and a Skidmore boy, was the star for the day, pulling in five big flies one after the other, that were “sky-rocketing” around out in right field, and that might have done a lot of damage if they hadn’t fell in his “big mit.”

Chance Littler made a sensational catch, running out in the crowd from 3d base and pulling down a wild ball.  Wib Bodle also made a long run in left field and closed in on a high fly, cheating the batter out of first base.

The boys did some good work with the “stick,” too.  the batting was good throughout the game.  “John Brooks” and Jack Moorhead each made a two-bagger.

The Clarinda boys played ball all the time, and probably the most single sensational play in the whole game was made by the visitors’ left fielder, who made a long run and caught a fly.



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Ode to Missouri: She’s the Best

An ode to Missouri from the August 9, 1901 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

She’s The Best.

The Missouri mule is a daisy
The Missouri cow is a gem
The Missouri hen is a cuckoo
The Missouri girl can hem.

The Missouri goat is coming
Quite fast toward the front
The Missouri pig is the finest
And is always able to grunt.

The Missouri mines are laden
With stores of coal and zinc,
Missouri is attracting thousands
Who watch and act and think.

Come on to “Old Missouri”
While her gates are open wide,
She can care for you in plenty,
If her crops are almost dried.

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Two Sides to Every Ball Game

From the August 16, 1901 edition of the Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri):

Married and Single.

A ball game was played here Wednesday between the married and single men, but the married men were no match for the single fellows. The score stood 22 to 14 in favor of the single men. The game was played east of town on ground furnished by W. R. Linville. Mr. Linville offers to give the boys the grounds as long as they want to use it, and will only charge them a small rent. The boys ought to fix it and organize a nine and invite the neighboring towns to play with them. We understand there will be another game played next week between democrats and republicans.

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Online newspaper index now available

I’ve been working on a name and subject index to two Skidmore, Missouri newspapers, the Skidmore Standard (late 1898 – 1904) and the Skidmore New Era (1905 – 1915, with 1905-1906 currently indexed).  I had copies of the index for 1898-1902 printed and sent many to local libraries and national genealogy library collections.  The cost to do that for all the years is prohibitive, and I discovered that I could host the entire index online for about the cost of printing and mailing a single year.

I’m giving the online index a try.  If you haven’t already, please take a look at the Skidmore Newspaper Index search on this site.  I just uploaded the data for 1906 and will add more entries as I finish each year.

For more about the project, visit the Skidmore Newspaper Index page.

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Monroe Sharp Farm Sold to Job Goslee

Real estate news from the June 28, 1906 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Monroe Sharp Farm Sold.

The farm northeast of town that belonged to the Monroe Sharp estate was sold by the court at Maryville last Saturday to Job Goslee.  The price paid was $55 50 which is considered cheap for the place.

This is the tract of land over which the Sharp heirs and Alex Russell have had considerable trouble.


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