Chrysanthemum Show, 1900

The game was afoot. From the October 26, 1900 Skidmore Standard:

All ladies who have chrysanthemums are urgently requested to meet with the members of the Skidmore Improvement Association at Mrs. E. T. Duval’s home on election day at 3 p.m.

This soon, under the leadership of the ladies of the Skidmore Improvement Association, became a concrete plan of action. From the November 9 edition:

The ladies of our town who delight in growing and caring for beautiful flowers are planning to hold a chrysanthemum show the 20th and 21st of the present month. Several ladies are interested and they have some of the finest Mums that were ever grown. Interesting programs are being arranged and the chrysanthemum show is bound to be a great success.

From there, it just took a bit more planning, a little reconnaissance to polish those plans, some in-person advertising and a word to the Editor. From the November 16, 1900 Skidmore Standard, page 4, 5, 8 and page 1:

Mrs. Adrian Pinkston and Mrs. E. T. Duval went to Oregon this morning to attend the chrysanthemum show given by the ladies of that city.

 

Mrs. J. H. Grigsby and Miss Anna Medsker were in Maitland yesterday advertising the Bazaar and the Chrysanthemum show.

Chrysanthemum Show at Cook's Opera House, November 20 and 21, by the Skidmore Improvement Association.  Program:  Tuesday Evening:  Overture, Mandolin Club.  Double Quartette, Mesdames Moorhead, Howden, Strickler, Miss Callie Grigsby and Messrs G. L. Manchester, A. C. Dodds, J. M. Lawson, F. N. Campbell.  Piano Duet, Mesdames J. H. Grigsby and F. W. Strickler.  Male Quartette, Down in the Deep Let Me Sleep When I Die, G. L. Manchester, A. C. Dodds, J. M. Lawson, F. N. Campbell.  Music, Mandolin Club.  Recitation, Miss Mary Kaull.  Piano Duet, Mesdames Pinkston and Strickler.  Recitation, Miss Anna Medsker.  Wednesday Evening:  Overture, Mandolin Club.  Vocal Solo, J. M. Lawson.  Piano Duet, Mesdames Pinkston and Grigsby.  Double Quartette, Mesdames Moorhead, Howden, Strickler, Miss Callie Grigsby and Messrs Manchester, A. C. Dodds, J. M. Lawson, F. N. Campbell.  Piano Trio, Mesdames Pinkston, Grigsby, and Strickler.  Vocal Duet, Mesdames Strickler and Moorhead.  Recitation, Miss Callie Grigsby.  Male Quartette, E. A. Miller, A. C. Dodds, J. M. Lawson, F. N. Campbell.  Music, Mandolin Club.

From the November 16, 1900 edition of the Skidmore Standard.

Also from the November 16 edition, page 1:

A Treat Next Week
The Chrysanthemum Show which is to be held in Cook’s opera house next Tuesday and Wednesday, by the Skidmore Improvement Association, promises to be something unusually good. The ladies have beautiful flowers and they are tending them as carefully as if they were more precious than gold – yea, much fine gold. The ladies are also arranging to give a nice program, each evening, as published elsewhere in this issue of the Standard. The price of admission will be the very low sum of ten cents for single ticket, or twenty-five cents for season ticket which will admit the holder at any and all times while the show is open. Don’t miss the Skidmore Chrysanthemum Show!