Epworth Leaguers in Skidmore, 1900.

From the February 9, 1900 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

Leaguers Coming.

The annual Epworth League convention of Maryville district will be held in Skidmore, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 23, 24, and 25. Large delegations throughout the district are expected to be present and a royal good time experienced. Rev. G. H. Bradford of St. Joseph will deliver the opening address, Friday evening. The convention sermon will be preached by C. O. Mills, president of the Maryville seminary.


Skidmore knew how to welcome a crowd, and the February 16, 1900 edition of the Skidmore Standard reported the following efforts at hospitality:

The Opening Day.

Next Friday morning some of the Epworth Leaguers will probably arrive as that is the date for opening the district convention which is to be held here. Others will arrive in the evening and during the day following. Homes have been secured for a large number and it is safe to say that after the convention is over the visiting delegates can have naught but praises to speak for the hospitality of Skidmore people. The business men subscribed to a fund for securing a streamer 30 feet long with “Welcome Leaguers” painted on it and the Leaugers emblem in the center. This streamer will be stretched across Elm street and will greet the visiting delegates as they leave the trains. The artistic work on the streamer was done by Mr. Eckler, the sign painter.


From the February 23, 1900 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

The League Convention – First Service This Evening.

A great good time is anticipated for the Mid Winter convention of the Maryville district, Epworth League, which opens with devotional exercises at the M. E. church, this evening at 7:30 o’clock. A splendid program for Saturday and Sunday has been arranged.

Four delegates, Miss Mabel Bryant, of Burlington Junction, and Misses Pearl Hall, Minnie Webster and Minnie Sterritt of Stanberry, arrived this morning and large numbers are expected on the evening trains. The snow storm which is raging in full blast to-day should not prevent the coming of the delegates or the convention being a success, as everyone will be well entertained, during their stay in our town.


The Mid-Winter Epworth League convention came to a close in Skidmore at the end of February 1900. The March 2, 1900 Skidmore Standard had this write-up on page 1:

The Leaguers
Many Visitors – A Successful Convention.

The Mid-Winter Epworth League convention of the M. E. church, Maryville district, was opened last Friday evening in the M. E. church with devotional exercises. T. L. Howden, president of the local Chapter, welcomed the visitors in his usual happy manner and assured them that we have many good things to eat which they should share while here; he also informed them that street cars, electric lights and muleless carriages are not popular in Skidmore, and if any had come expecting to see such, they would surely be disappointed. He enumerated, further, twentieth century developments which are unknown here, but left them in darkness as to what they would find. The shadows were all dispelled, however, before the close of the convention, and the leaguers found, as some expressed it, that Skidmore is the best convention town in the district.

W. M. Bryant, of Stanberry, District president, responded to the address of welcome, in behalf of the visiting delegates, and then introduced Rev. G. H. Bradford, of St. Joseph, who addressed the Epworthians on the subject, “Live Now.” Mr. Bradford is a student and a thinker, and his lecture was a literary treat, well suited to the occasion.

Saturday forenoon was devoted to the business before the convention. Saturday afternoon, a very interesting session was held during which several choice papers were read.

Saturday evening was given over to entertaining the visitors. The program was in charge of the Skidmore and Burr Oak Chapters, and consisted of musical and literary selections at the church, followed by a reception at Cook’s opera house.

The convention sermon was preached Sunday forenoon by Rev. C. O. Mills, president of the Maryville Seminary. Although small of stature, Rev. Mills is a giant, mentally, and a crowded house listened to his able discourse.

The Sunday afternoon session was one of the best of the convention. Rev. Hodshire, of Quitman, preached a good sermon, Sunday night.

There were 65 delegates and many visitors present.

If there was any one thing on the program deserving of special mention, it was the singing of the little Misses Fay Southwell and Beth McNaul, of Maitland.

The Leaguers had a good time during their entire stay in our town and the following resolutions were passed:


Whereas, it hath pleased Almighty God in his benign providence to bring us again in Christian fellowship to enjoy the benefits of this, another mid-winter convention, and

Whereas, the people of Skidmore have in gracious and cordial hospitality opened to us their homes and hearts, and

Whereas, the Skidmore and Burr Oak Chapters have been untiring in their efforts to make our stay in their beautiful little city a pleasant one.

Be It Resolved, that the members of the District Epworth League convention, extend to the people of Skidmore, and to the local chapters our most sincere thanks for their cordiality and generous hospitality. And that we express our appreciation by a standing vote of thanks, and be it further

Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be spread on the minutes of the convention and a copy presented the Skidmore Standard for publication.

Mrs. George McNaul,
Mrs. John Lytle,
Miss Lane,

The convention will be held in Maryville next year.