Mr. Diggs Builds in Skidmore

W. L. Diggs was one of Skidmore’s many forward-thinking businessmen.  Here’s news from the October 5, 1900 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

W. L. Diggs will Build.

A new brick building is to be erected on the vacant lot between the Cook building and E. T. Duval’s building. W. L. Diggs is the promoter of the enterprise and he assured a Standard reporter that nothing but the best material will be used and that everything will be done to make the building a credit to the town. He purchased the lot the latter part of last week and has been figuring with contractors this week.

The building will be designed for a meat market. It will be 25 feet wide by 70 feet in length.

Mr. Diggs has selected a very fine cooler to be placed in the building and when it is completed, Skidmore will have a meat market that we can all feel proud of.

A later edition brought news of a clever and community-minded way to celebrate the grand opening.  From the December 14, 1900 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

Sunday Schools will Serve Soup.

W. L. Diggs’ new building is nearly completed, and there will be a “housewarming” – not of the old fashioned kind, but a sort of a new kind – in it next Thursday evening, Dec. 20. For that day and evening, the keys of the building will be turned over to the three Sunday Schools of Skidmore and they will have a big oyster supper. Nearly Everyone ought to go and eat oysters, because it is a good cause which will be aided and then, too, nearly everyone relishes the toothsome mollusk either served in soup, fried or fresh from its bivalve shell. Mr. Diggs charges nothing for the use of the building, so all the proceeds will be equally divided among the three Sunday Schools.