City of the Fourth Class

Skidmore was booming, and this did not go unnoticed by its neighbors.  From the May 3, 1901 Skidmore Standard:

Skidmore has recently voted herself a city of the fourth class and will now have two wards with two aldermen from each ward, a mayor and all the other officers.  We are glad to see our enterprising neighbor branch out and we hope they will soon have electric lights, paved streets, water works and every thing else ‘citified.’ Let her boom, Brother Skidmore. – Quitman Record.

The election was close, with the motion to organize as a city of the fourth class carrying by a vote of 48 to 46. (Skidmore Standard, April 5, 1901)

Carry it did, however, and with new fourth-class status comes additional responsibilities, and Skidmore needed Aldermen.  From the April 12, 1901 Skidmore Standard, page 4:

Notice of Election.

To the qualified voters of the village of Skidmore, Mo., that at the election held on April 2d, 1901, it was decided that the village be organized as a city of the Fourth class, therefore, we the present board of village trustees, do call an election to be held as follows:

All of the village on the west side of the railroad is to be Ward No. 1; and all of the village east of said railroad to be Ward No. 2.

The election is for the following officers:  Mayor, Marshal, two Aldermen for each ward, and for a city collector.

Said election to be held Tuesday, the 23d day of April, 1901.

Done by order of the Board, this 11th day of April, 1901.

S. Saunders, Chairman.

Attest., E. D. French, Clerk.