Close Up!

The Skidmore Standard was not shy in its opinions regarding the town and its businesses in particular. Oh that we had such a champion in this day and age!

From the February 23, 1900 edition, page 1:

Close Up!

The Standard has urged the business men to make another progressive step by closing their stores at 8 o’clock in the evening, except Saturday, and the sales would not be affected in the least by the innovation. Several of the leading merchants favor the move but some fear that people will become offended and go to other towns to trade. They forget that other progressive towns have already inaugurated the practice, and that non-progressive towns never draw trade. At present, the merchants are following the same old beaten path trod by the old fashioned New England grocers who invariably kept a loafers retreat during the long winter evenings. Stores are kept open here until 10 and 11 o’clock and sometimes later. It is an actual fact that one business man sat down in a chair by his stove one night last week, went to sleep and did not go home at all. His wife was out of town visiting her parents and that may have had something to do with his forgetting to go home; but the very idea of keeping a store open all night in Skidmore. Close up!