Spahr Family Visits California, 1915

As you plan your summer vacation (if you are so fortunate as to have one), consider the itinerary of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Spahr and Mrs. Laura Sharp in 1915.  From the May 20, 1915 Skidmore New Era, page 1:

To California

Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Spahr and Mrs. Laura Sharp leave today or Friday morning for a pleasure and visiting trip to the great Panama-Pacific International Exposition at San Francisco, Cal.

Their tickets include the following routes:  Skidmore to Denver; Denver to Salt Lake; Salt Lake to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to San Diego; back to Los Angeles and then to San Francisco.

On returning, the trip will be made by way of Portland, Seattle, Billings to Skidmore.

They will make visits to many places of interest such as Denver, Colorado Springs, Glenwood Springs, Pallisade, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, Seattle, Wenatchee, Spokane and Billings.

They will probably be gone six or eight weeks.


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Beulah Blanche Carden Marries at Omaha, 1915

Wedding bells from the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), May 27, 1915, page 1:

Married at Omaha

Relatives and friends of Miss Beulah Blanche Carden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mart L. Carden, have received announcements this week of her marriage to Prof. Walter Lee Butts of Dearborn, Mo.

The ceremony was performed in the parlors of the Hotel Loyal, Omaha, Nebraska, on Wednesday, May 19th, by a brother of the bride, the Rev. O. C. Carden, pastor of the First Presbyterian church in Shelby, Iowa.

The bride is well and favorably known among the people of Skidmore and vicinity.  She is popular in church and social circles.  Since her graduation from the Skidmore High School two years ago she has been engaged in teaching, the last year being spent at Sheridan, Mo.

The groom is a young man of excellent character and education, holding the degrees of A. B. and M. Acc’ts.  Since graduating from college four years ago he has followed the profession of teaching.  He is a promising young man with every indication of making a mark in the world.

Mr. and Mrs. Butts are now on their honeymoon in Iowa and other points.  They will reside in Craig, Mo., where Prof. Butts has been elected Superintendent of the public schools at a good salary.


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Neal Hoblitzell Family Arrives in Skidmore, 1906

News of new neighbors from the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), May 3, 1906, page 4:

The Atchison County Journal has the following to say of Mr. and Mrs. Neal Hoblitzell who are now located in the Hobbs property on East Elm street:

N. Hoblitzell and family moved to Skidmore this week.  Mr. Hoblitzell has resided here for the past nine years and during that time has sold more pianos in this county than all other dealers combined and without a single complaint.  In moving to Skidmore it is not his purpose to abandon the piano business in this county, but as he has added Nodaway and Holt counties to his territory Skidmore is more centrally located, hence the change.  Mr. and Mrs. Hoblitzell were active members of the M. E. church here and were always ready to do their part in advancing the interests of the church and the cause of Christianity.  They would be a valuable addition to any community.


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Automobiling Time is Here

We modern folks take automobiling for granted these days, but confess — wouldn’t we look stylish in a pair of amethyst driving goggles?  From the May 26, 1921 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 5:

Advertisement: Automobiling Time is here and with a demand for Goggles. A variety of shades: Amethyst, Dark and Medium Amber Lenses. Come in and look them over. Walker's Drug and Jewelry Store.

Advertisement for driving goggles at Walker’s Drug and Jewelry Store in Skidmore, Missouri. From the Skidmore News, May 26, 1921, page 5.


With that, we bring you the following tips from the June 3, 1915 Skidmore New Era, page 4:

Some Auto Don’ts

The National Council of Industrial Safety asks that all automobilists obey to the letter these ten commandments of the road:

Don’t run fast into or across main highways.

Don’t take blind curves too fast.

Don’t run on the wrong side of the road.

Don’t pass street cars when passengers are boarding or leaving.

Don’t fail to sound your horn before passing other vehicles.

Don’t forget that a car or a person may be just around the turn.

Don’t forget that the other fellow may be dull or reckless.

Don’t fail to look out for pedestrians.

Don’t forget that children dash suddenly and unexpectedly.

Don’t take chances.  That’s the simple, embracing rule.


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Motorcycle Accident, 1912

A lucky escape for Earl Newton (and perhaps not much luck for B. C. Holt’s motorcycle) was reported in the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), May 30, 1912, page 4:

Rides Motorcycle Through Fence.

Earl Newton, while speeding a motorcycle on the Maitland track last week, ran the wheel through the fence and badly bruised his arm and leg.  Mr. Newton is the lineman for the Nodaway Valley Telephone Co. at Skidmore and was in company with B. C. Holt, who is an expert motorcyclist, and was trying the speed of Mr. Holt’s wheel.  On rounding a curve, he attempted to shut off the power, but instead increased it to full force. The machine shot across the track and like to have mowed down all the posts in the fence on the west side of the track before it could be stopped.  In the runaway Newton received the bruises on his arm and leg.


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McCool Says California the Garden of Eden

Travel news, courtesy of correspondent Col. D. W. McCool, in the May 23, 1912 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 8:

California the Garden of Eden.

Col. D. W. McCool, who left Skidmore a few weeks ago for Reedley, California, writes back as follows:

“We are both well and happy and wish you and yours the same good pleasure.  I have been here long enough to tell what I think of the great San Joaquin Valley.  It is surely the fairest garden spot on the earth, and has as fine class of inhabitants as ever the sun shone on, and everyone seems to be enjoying the luxuries that we always thought belonged to the rich and very well to do.

Business of all kinds is good, times are prosperous, and everything is on the boom.  If you had your plant located here as you have it there, it is my honest opinion that you would make ten dollars to where you now do one.

Reedley is a town of twenty-five hundred inhabitants and there are four big blocks of business houses going up now.  Over one hundred dwellings are under construction at this time, and other improvements in proportion.  The business part of Reedley is as large as Maryville, with fine asphalt streets running clear out to the suburbs of the city.

It enjoys a trade from a large and prosperous territory, also a cattle ranch trade from the foot hills, and is situated in the heart of the famous “California Fruit Belt.”  They ship from here train loads of raising, oranges, figs and apricots to the Chicago and St. Louis markets.  We have here in this valley some of the largest fruit drying houses in the world.  You can go up in a high building here and look through a pair of field glasses you can count numerous fruit houses and orchards on every side.

You can live here as cheap as any where I ever lived, I sell beef at 6 to 12 1/2 cents per pound, pork at 8 to 12 1/2, mutton 6 to 10, bacon and ham, the best at 20 cents, lard 12 1/2.  How is that for the “land of sunshine and roses,” I only work seven or eight hours a day and wages are good.

“We live close to the great National Park and my wife and I are going to spend a week in June in camp up in the cool shades of the biggest trees on the earth.  We receive the New Era regularly and are so glad to get it.”

Regards to all.

Yours very truly,

D. W. McCool.

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Happy Birthday, Mrs. E. T. Duval

Social news, complete with ice cream and cake, from the May 16, 1912 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1.  Oh, how we wish we had a copy of the photograph Mr. Ashbrook took.

Birthday Surprise.

Tuesday being the birthday of Mrs. E. T. Duval, she was given a very pleasant surprise by her Sunday School class.  One of the members of the class had invited her over to her house to spend the afternoon.  Soon after her arrival at her neighbor’s she was sent for to come home, as she had company.  Imagine her surprise, when she walked into her front room and found her company, consisted of sixteen ladies, all members of her Sunday school class.

The ladies brought with them ice cream and cake, which they served.  Before they returned to their homes, Mr. Ashbrook came up and took a picture of the class and their teacher.


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