Watching the Clock Stop, 1907

Some of you, we are sure, will be tempted to make comparisons to watching paint dry.  (Fine lines of paints sold at Model Drug Company, the Skidmore Drug Company, and others!)  We would love to know how the citizens of Skidmore, Missouri and surrounding communities responded to this ingenious promotion from Barrett, Stoolfer and Owens in 1907.  What easier way to bring people by your store window every single day for seven months?  From the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), May 9, 1907, page 4 (select image to enlarge and read):

Cash given away.  We do not believe in loading our customers with cheap junk for premiums, and then selling the premiums at a big profit.  A startling proposition.  Here it is.  We have placed in our show window, a beautiful clock.  This clock will be wound up and allowed to run down each week.  With every $1 cash purchase, we give you a ticket, on which a 'time of day' is stamped.  Bring tickets to our store ever Saturday on and after June 1st, when the clock's face will be unveiled, and the two persons holding nearest correct time the clock stops will receive $2.50 each in cash. Then on December 28th, 1907, the five persons holding the nearest correct time the clock stops, will receive $5 each. This proposition don't last for a day or a week or a month, but for seven months.  A square deal.  This is the fairest, squarest deal we can think of to give you.  Everybody has an equal chance.  Remember, tickets that are given now are good for the $25 prize next December; also for any premium given after June 1st.  Barrett, Stoolfer and Owens.

A startling promotion from Barrett, Stoolfer and Owens of Skidmore, Missouri, as published in the Skidmore New Era, May 9, 1907, page 4.

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Up-to-date Ice Cream Parlor

Cakes cheaper than we can bake them from the most up-to-date ice cream parlor in the city?  Count us in!  From the March 28, 1907 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 5:

Notice!  Having started our Fountain we desire to call the attention of the public to our line of soft drinks, which is the best ever carried in the city.  Also the most up-to-date ice-cream parlor in the city.  Garnett and Trapp.  N. B. Leave your order for cakes. Cheaper than you can bake them.

Ad for the Garnett & Trapp ice cream parlor in Skidmore, Missouri (Skidmore New Era, March 28, 1907, page 5)

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Maitland to the Gulf Coast

If your spring break plans include a time machine (oh, how we wish ours did!), you might be interested in the excursion planned by Weller and Wehrli of Maitland, Missouri, as advertised in the December 29, 1910 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri) on page 9:

Gulf Coast Excursion.  An excursion train will leave Maitland, Tuesday, January 3, 1911 for the Gulf Coast.  Tickets will read:  Houston, San Antonio, Galveston, Corpus Christi and Brownsville.  Diners, Sleepers and Smokers on train.  Round trip from Maitland, $27.  Join this Big Excursion and see the Great Southwest.  Write Weller & Werhli, Maitland, Missouri. [Wehrli]

Advertisement for a Gulf Coast Excursion from the December 29, 1910 edition of the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 9.

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Garnett and Shepard Leave for the Coast, 1909

More departure news from the April 22, 1909 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Left for the Coast.

S. B. Garnett and Harold Shepard left for the Pacific coast Thursday.  Mr. Garnett will go to Seattle, Washington, where he will spend the summer at least, and Mr. Shepard will go to Pasadena, Cal., where he has two aunts and a brother.  The boys both have been in the west before, and are somewhat acquainted with the country they are going to.


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A Splendid Aid for House Cleaning, 1909

We admit to some puzzlement.  We can see how sewing machines and lawn mowers might be splendid aids for house cleaning, but we’re not sure how “Go Carts” fit into that picture.  On the other hand, we’ll admit to being less than expert when it comes to spring cleaning.  Helpful purchase suggestions from Jordan, Thomas & Co. of Skidmore, Missouri in the Skidmore New Era, April 15, 1909, page 7 (select to read):

A splendid aid for house cleaning.  As housecleaning progresses and you find that new things are going to be needed, we want your thoughts to be of this store -- when you think of new things we want you to think of Jordan, Thomas & Company.  It's the store at which your wants will be easiest supplied, and a handsome saving will be yours if you patronize this store. May we not be favored with a call?  Special prices:  Rugs (room size), $10.00 and up.  Couches (guaranteed), $7.50 and up.  Book Cases, $10.00 and up. Iron Beds, $2.00 and up.  Dressers, $9.00 and up.  Go Carts, $2.50 and up.  Dining Room Chairs, set, $4.00 and up.  Sewing machines, $12.00 and up.  Oil stoves, $5.00 and up.  Lawn mowers, $3.00 and up.  See us and get our prices before buying.  Perfection oil stoves, two and three burners.  Call and see them at Jordan, Thomas & Company's.

A Splendid Aid for House Cleaning, from Jordan, Thomas & Co in the April 15, 1909 Skidmore New Era.

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Miss Ona Wade Leaves for Anacortes, Washington

We are sorry to see Miss Ona Wade leave.  From the April 29, 1909 edition of the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 7:

Farewell to Miss Ona Wade.

Sunday school classes Nos. 4 and 5, of the M. E. church, gave a farewell, Tuesday evening, at the M. E. church to Miss Ona Wade, a member of Class No. 4, a young ladies’ class taught by T. L. Howden, class No. 5 is a young men’s class taught by Mrs. Henry Barrett.

Miss Ona has spent her life in the town and her many young friends are very loath to have her leave their circles, where she has been a favorite among them.  In token of their high esteem, the classes presented her with a very beautiful silk waist pattern.

Miss Ona leaves Thursday, with her mother, for Anacortes, Washington, where she will make her future home.


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Oh, that we should have such a problem as peachitis!  (Cucumber-itis and zucchini-itis, sure, but peachitis?  We’re skeptical.)  From the March 21, 1907 edition of the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 4:

A Kansas exchange gets off the following:  There is a new disease in town. It is called peachitis.  It has its origin in this way:  Last summer every woman in town put up hundreds of quarts of peaches, fearing that such an immense crop meant that no more peaches would ever be raised.  These peaches must be eaten, and with peaches for breakfast, supper and dinner people of very nervous temperaments are beginning to develop a sort of peach insanity.  One man yesterday, when passed the peaches at dinner, began to mumble something about having eaten his way through peaches during October, November, December and January, and here it was February and he couldn’t see that there was a peach less in the house.  Another man, when the peaches were passed at supper last night, ran out on the street and dragged every one who passed into the house and made them eat a dish of peaches.  “You have to help us or we will perish,” was his cry, and his manner was so wild that no one dared to resist him.


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