Iddings Family Invades

According to this report from the September 20, 1917 Skidmore News, a good time was had by all:

September 16th 1917

Will long be remembered by Uncle James and Aunt Carrie Iddings, one and one-half miles northeast of Helwig, formerly Richville, Holt county, Mo.


The relatives and friends of Northeast Holt county and Southwest corner of Nodaway county, held a council of war and decided to form a line of battle (however not as Kaiser is doing) but in accordance with the rules and regulations governing the loyal people of the United States whose slogan is peace and prosperity.  So they formed a line of battle, with automobiles, loaded with people loyal to Uncle Jim and Aunt Carrie, supplied with the necessary ammunition, such as roast beef, fried chicken, salads, butters, honey, jells, cakes and pies adn extra rounds of fine bread, to which Uncle Jim and Aunt Carrie added fresh fish and delicious cups of coffee, which tickled the palates of the storming party.


Thursday, September 13th was Aunt Ellen Loucks’ birthday and she being a sister of Uncle Jim Iddings, was visiting with her brother, and as a matter of fact, she was included in the prisoners that were captured, who were paroled and put on full rations.


The following persons were present on this occasion:  Uncle Paddy Iddings and wife, Aunt Emma; Abraham Loucks and wife, Aunt Ellen; Everett Iddings wife and daughter; Peter Loucks, wife and three children; Charles Jackson, wife and three children; Mark Loucks, wife and two children; S. G. King; Esther Williams and two children; Mr. and Mrs. Summers, who by the way is a son-in-law and daughter of Uncle Jim and Aunt Carrie Iddings.


After the destruction of the ammunition brought there in automobiles, the army that came there in the autos amused themselves in various ways, some looking over the farm, which in early days was the property of Judge Iddings, father of Aunt Ellen, Uncle Paddy and Uncle James Iddings.  Others went to the Nodaway river, one and one-half miles east of Uncle Jim’s farm, and what they did there is a matter that directly interests them individually and as you are aware that all war news must pass through the censor, it would be useless to give details.


About five o’clock all parties congregated upon the lawn in front of the residence, when Uncle Jim came rolling three mammoth water millions toward the front line on the lawn and back of the yard fence for the purpose, I suppose, of using the fence a s a temporary line of defense, but that was soon found to be a ruse, as the fist shot from the first seventy-five milometers struck one of the ladies squarely in the mouth and from that time on until the shells were all used up, it was a general engagement.  Had you stood on that field at the beginning of the action and seen those anxious blanched faces as they watched each rim as it left the trench morter (water million) and striking some of the would be soldiers squarely in the mouth, you could readily imagine the thoughts that predominated the minds of those blanched and upturned faces, saying within their own minds, am I going to be deprived of the shot that I am entitled to?  But after the fragments were gathered up and the smoke or rather the smudge had cleared away, so did those blanched faces.  They had become ruddy and aglow from the effects of the water million they had stored away in their caissons.  In the place of blanched faces they had assumed and put on the natural color of the inside of those water millions and by close observation you could detect the scarlet color in the countenance of each victim, showing where he had been and what he had been doing.


After all who were present had extended congratulations to Uncle Jim and Aunt Carrie and wishing them many more just such happy occasions all departed for their homes.


Uncle Jim and Aunt Carrie were completely surprised as to the number that came.  They expected Peter Loucks and family and Abraham Loucks down after Aunt Ellen Loucks but did not expect such a body of persons.


To say that all present were highly elated over their program and that they fully enjoyed the occasion does not nearly express the feeling. But how could it be otherwise in the presence and company of such persons as Uncle Jim and Aunt Carrie assisted by their daughter, Mrs. Summers.

Signed:  Samba.