May Santa Claus Live Forever – Christmas 1910 in Skidmore

Here’s a wrap-up from a clearly successful Christmas 1910 in Skidmore, Missouri. From the December 29, 1910 Skidmore New Era, page 1:

Santa Claus Made Things Hum Christmas Week.

Christmas has past and as the holiday week is drawing to a close we are fast settling down to the sterner realities of the other fifty-one weeks of the year. We are now once more beginning to learn that life is not all roast turkey, holly, mistletoe, smoking sets and silver-backed hair brushes, but as one has said, “Life is real, life is earnest,” and after the holidays there will come other weeks of toil and work before Christmastide returns again to greet us with its festive season.

After all, this Yuletide for Skidmore has been the greatest of all time. Everybody, apparently, has been happy, and tried to make someone else happy. Never before have we heard of so many good dinners; so many valuable and costly presents and such general good cheer permeating the air.

The merchants of the town never before laid in such supplies of holiday goods, and never sold so many before. To enumerate the story of one store would be to tell the experience of them all. Of course the toy, novelty and present counters drew the largest crowds, but even the hardware, furniture and dry goods counters had unusually big sales. Santa Claus seemed to know what they all wanted — big, little, old and young, and tried his best to satisfy their every want.

Great is Christmas; may the good Saint live forever.


Christmas Dinners.

Christmas was generally observed in and around Skidmore with a big dinner. Almost every one had relatives or friends with them, or went visiting and ate a good dinner with someone else.

We couldn’t begin to name all the good dinners we have heard of around here. Among some of them were Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Montgomery, who had with them Mr. Montgomery’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Montgomery of Oregon.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hoblitzell, who entertained Mr. Hoblitzell’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Hoblitzell.

Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Owens who had with them only home folks, and — well, he is about the same as home folks.

W. S. Linville and wife who entertained Mrs. Linville’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Rees, and son, Rolla, of Burlington Junction, and Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Linville and Aaron Linville, wife and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Barrett, who had with them all their children and grand children — 25 in all. Of their six children, five boys and one girl, all are married except “Buck,” but it isn’t his fault that he enjoys the state of single blessedness, “Barkis is willin.'”