For Their Own Good

“The town board meet Monday evening,” the Standard reported, “and passed a curfew ordinance which goes into effect today. The ordinance is printed elsewhere in this issue and will be of special interest to boys and girls under sixteen years of age.”

The paper was right – those under sixteen ought to be interested, and the editor was sure he knew how the youth of Skidmore would react to the news. “The curfew ordinance will of course be very unpopular with the youthful inhabitants, notwithstanding the fact that it was passed for their own good.” Although the paper published no man-on-the-street opinions (or no kid-on-the-street opinions, as the case may be), we can imagine that he was correct in his assumption.

From the November 10, 1899 Skidmore Standard:

Village Ordinance

Be it hereby ordained by the trustees of the village of Skidmore and it is hereby ordained that it shall be unlawful for all children under 16 years of age to be at large on the streets after eight o’clock p.m., except they be returning from church or other public entertainment; and all violators of the above ordinance shall be liable to arrest and fined not less than one dollar nor more than ten dollars.

This ordinance will be inforce after being published once in the columns of the Skidmore Standard.

R. F. Stults, Mayor.
E. D. French, Clerk.