Bodles Visit Wray, Colorado

From the November 9, 1911 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Visits Relatives in Wray, Colorado.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilber Bodle left Friday for a few weeks visit with relatives and friends in Wray, Colorado.  They will visit Mrs. Bodle’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Beverlin at Wray, and on their way home will stop off at Pawnee, Nebraska where they will visit Mrs. Bodle’s sister, Mrs Owen Neal.  Mr. Neal, it will be remembered, was at one time a barber here in Skidmore.


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T. L. Marlin Celebrates 71

Birthday news from the November 19, 1908 edition of the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

T. L. Marlin 71 Years Old Monday.

Born in Missouri.  Resident of Nodaway County 68 Years.

T. L. Marlin was 71 years old Monday is stout and hearty.  He was born in Platte county, Mo. in 1837.  His father came to Nodaway county and settled on the Marlin farm, 3 miles north of Graham in 1840, where the subject of this sketch was reared to manhood, and afterward owned and lived on this farm until the spring of 1881, when he sold out, came to Skidmore and engaged in the hardware and implement business, being one of the first business men in the young town.

He was married in 1858 at the age of 22, to Miss Mary Lawson, who has been his constant companion and helpmate for 49 years, and no one in all the country is better known and greater respected than “Uncle Tom and Aunt Mary.”  On next April 10 will be their 50th wedding anniversary.  We hope that they will not only celebrate their “golden wedding anniversary” but will live to enjoy their diamond wedding anniversary.

Mr. Marlin enlisted in 1864 in Co. C 9th Reg. of the M. S. M. and was mustered out in St. Louis in the spring of 1864.

He was for a great many years a director of the old Nodaway County Fair once famous as being one of the best county fairs in the State.

The only public office he ever held was that of Justice of the Peace, while he was a resident of Hughes Township, and while serving in this capacity, he united in marriage (and by the way his first marriage ceremony) Mr. and Mrs. Green Mast of this township.


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Saunders Twins Celebrate

From the November 2, 1911 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Celebrated Birthday With Twin Sister.

S. Saunders, who has been spending the summer with relatives in Montana, started home a few days ago and on his way back stopped off in western Nebraska for a short visit with his twin sister, Mrs. Susie Case, who was visiting her sons, James, Rafe and Loren Case, near Gordon.

October 17 being the birthday of Mr. Saunders and Mrs. Case, Mrs. R. Case, at whose home they both were at the time, gave them a big dinner in honor of the event.

The next day or so they were all invited to the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Case.  Here again the mother and uncle, twin brother and sister, were reminded that they had just passed another mile post.  When the evening meal was served the table center was a mammoth cake bearing in brilliant colors the figures “69.”  On the outer edge, resting on large candy hearts, set sixty-nine lighted wax candles of almost every hue and color.  This taken altogether, made a most beautiful sight.

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Barker Gathers the Golden Ears

Your humble storyteller is always pleased to find a report of one who has found his calling (or at least one who is very good at what he does). Such a report appeared in the November 9, 1900 Skidmore Standard:

He Gathers the Golden Ears.

We oftentimes hear and read that the successful men are those who are doing what they ought to do – that is, what their capabilities are best adapted to. The great trouble with most people is, that they can not find what they ought to do. But J. J. Barker, of near Maitland, would have no trouble deciding this momentous question if there were such a thing as a continuous corn harvest. Mr. Barker is a corn husker. He recently husked 2,054 bushels of the king cereal in just 16 1/2 successive days, which is an average of a little more than 124 bushels per day. This record was made in Ed Goodpasture’s field. It is hardly necessary to add that Mr. Goodpasture is a good corn grower, since afield of good corn would be a necessity for making the above record, and then too, when you happen to think about it, most good pastures usually are the best corn producers (our apologies to Mr. Goodpasture) when devoted to that branch of farming.

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Soup in Mr. Diggs’ New Building

What a nice way to welcome the community to a new building. From the December 14, 1900 Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri), 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.

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Diggs Builds Meat Market, 1900

Business 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.

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Letters Home to Skidmore, 1917-1919

We have, for the past couple of years or so, transcribed some of the many letters Skidmore’s soldier and sailor boys sent home to the local paper, the Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri).  Here is a list that compiles most of the letters in one spot.

John Aldridge

Fred Armstrong

Dean Bailey

Jesse Barrrett

Arthur M. Carr

Clyde Collins

Earl Conrad

Ray Cook

Earl M. Coston (Holt County)

Berman Deffenbaugh

Francis “Frank” Dillon

Michael Freece

Bert “Searcy” Garnett

Harvey Hall

Reuben Hall

James Harrington

Harley Hitchcock

James Harvey Hughes

Francis “Frank” Jenkins

Pierre Karr

Lloyd Latta

Henry R. Lee

Frank H. Lehman

Ben Lindsey

Albert Linville

Everett Linville

Leland Linville

Emmett Littler

Ralston “Rouser” McClain

Neal Montgomery

Marion Owens

Roy Owens

James Parrish

Cecil Phipps

Dr. J. E. Pierpoint

Warren Reaksecker

Delavan Robbins

Basil Rodman

Oppie Ross

Will “Billie” Runyon

Quay Sewell

James Francis Smith

J. H. Henry Smith

Raymond Spahr

Ivan Totten

James Tyson

Forrest J. “Tobe” Weddle

Freeman Wood

John Zook


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