M. E. Church Ladies Gather Corn, 1922

If you need to get some work done, ask the church ladies.  If the church ladies happen to be in search of a fundraiser at the same time, everyone is in for a success.  Here’s such a report from the December 7, 1922 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri):

Ladies Gather Corn.

The ladies of the M. E. Church accepted the invitation extended to them by A. L. Oakerson and last Friday morning about 14 women went to the Oakerson farm to do a day’s work in the corn field.  Rev. J. J. Cokely, the pastor, went along to drive a wagon.

The ladies gathered about 138 bushels and when four o’clock came most of them were ready to come home.  They were handicapped some on not having enough wagons.

Mr. Oakerson gave them some corn to sell and paid them for gathering the balance.  The proceeds for the day’s work was about $22.50.  Mrs. Oakerson prepared dinner for the corn huskers, which they enjoyed very much.  Dinner was served to 23.

The News tried to find out who was the best shucker, but the ladies could not decide among themselves and Rev. Cokely said he could not watch all of them.

Anyone looking for experienced corn huskers, these ladies will gladly respond.

One success led to another, as we see in the following week’s edition.  From the Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), December 14, 1922, page 1:

Gathered 137 Bushels of Corn

The ladies of the M. E. church accepted another invitation to the corn field Monday to gather corn.

F. I. Goslee offered the ladies 30 bushels and ten cents a bushel for all corn they gathered over the 30 bushels.

Twenty women went out to the field Monday and gathered about 137 bushels.  The women sold their corn at 65 cents per bushel to Harry Worl.  They realized for their work about $30.

The ladies are still ready to help anyone who is behind with their corn gathering.