Ida Barkley Poisoned by Toadstools, 1905

From the September 21, 1905 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Poisoned by Toadstools.

Mrs. Ida Barkley is recovering from a severe illness brought on by tasting a toadstool which she mistook for a mushroom.  Last Saturday morning her little son brought the toadstool to her and she took a bite of it before she found that it was not a mushroom.  The taste was disagreeable and she threw the toadstool away and spitted out what she had taken in her mouth, but not before the poison had been absorbed in sufficient quantity to make her very sick.  A physician was called and found her in a very serious condition.  It was thought best to call her daughters from Maryville and St. Joseph.  They arrived Saturday evening and were glad to find their mother better.


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Mrs. Garnett Saves the Day, 1905

At least two families owe Mrs. A. H. Garnett (Mary Frances Ruddell) a debt of gratitude for her heroic actions in 1905.  From the Skidmore New Era, September 21, 1905, page 1:

Gasoline Causes Fire.

Last Saturday afternoon about 3 o’clock, gasoline that had leaked from one burner of a gasoline stove was ignited by the blaze from another burner at Charles Beverlin’s home on West Oak street and had it not been for the prompt work of Mrs. A. H. Garnett, the fire would probably have destroyed the house together with the Garnett residence on the next lot west.

Mrs. Garnett on being informed of the blaze seized a bed comfort that was handy and running to the Beverlin home she threw the comfort around the stove and carried it into the yard.  She was burned about the face and hands but her injuries are not serious.  Mrs. Garnett’s presence of mind no doubt saved at least two houses and possibly three or four as it would have been impossible to have prevented the fire from catching and burning A. H. Garnett’s home if Beverlin’s house burned as the houses are only a short distance apart, and the town is without means of fighting fire.


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No Dirt, No Danger

Although we here at Storyteller Central admit we don’t do much heavy harvest cooking, we are intrigued by the idea of a “no dirt, no danger, no delay, no drudgery, and no disappointment” Insurance stove.  From the June 28, 1906 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 5:

Cook the cool, clean way.  Heavy harvest cooking and busy perserving time will not try you if you're proficed with a good gasoline stove.  There is no dirt, no danger, no delay, no drudgery and no disappointment with one of our Insurance Stoves.  The admitted most economical and best, also our new model, two hole, brass fittings, $2.00.  Jordan-Thomas & Co.

Cook the cool, clean way with an Insurance Stove, as sold by Jordan, Thomas & Co. of Skidmore, Missouri in June 1905.

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Maryville’s Great Big Glorious Hurrah, 1901

We are heartily sorry to have missed the elegant parades, cracker jack music, and magnificent decorations, but we are not at all sorry to have missed the cleanup for the “Merry War of the Confetti.”  From the September 13, 1901 Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri), page 5:

Maryville Street Fair!  September 16 through 21.  The big event of northwest missouri.  6 days and nights of fun. Magnificent decorations, thrilling events, elegant parades, 3 big bands of music, every one a cracker jack.  Electrical display each night.  Merry war of the confetti.  Maryville men and women invite you to attend their gala week of festivities and join with them in a great big glorious hurrah.

Maryville, Missouri Street Fair, September 1901.

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Happy Birthday, Reuben Barrett

From the Maryville Tribune, as reprinted in the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri) on September 18, 1914, page 6:

Reuben Barrett is Seventy Years Old

Reuben Barrett, living in the southwest edge of Nodaway county, is celebrating his seventieth birthday today.  Mr. Barrett was licensed as a minister of the Methodist Episcopal church and held a number of country pastorates.  He does no active ministerial work now, but lives in retirement on his farm.

Mr. Barrett served in the Civil War and was an eye witness of the surrender of Lee at Appomattox.  He participated in the grand review at Washington and was honorably discharged.  In 1874 he moved to Nodaway County and bought forty acres of wild prairie land in the southwest corner of Monroe township.  He has added to this until he is the owner of two hundred acres.

In 1869 he was married to Margaret M. Gregg and to them six children were born, four of whom are living.  They are Mrs. Manville Carothers, Kirksville, Mo.; James H. Barrett, teacher, Dixon, S. D.; Floyd R. and Frederick M., both of whom live at home.

— Tuesday’s Maryville Tribune. [September 15, 1914]


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Auto Accessories, 1906

Thus has it ever been.  Of course, nowadays we’d call many of these standard features.  (We’re interested in the steam whistle and the “dragon,” how about you?) From the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), August 2, 1906, page 4:

A Complicated Machine.

When a Man Gets an Automobile on His Hands He Likewise Gets Busy.

Purchasers of automobiles cannot, as a rule, get their vehicles into commission too soon.  Yet the Hartford Courant tells of a man who bought a steam car early last winter and in July had yet to take his first ride.  Meanwhile, however, Mr. Blank, the owner of the car, had been busy.  He has been fitting his automobile with extra appliances and having heaps of fun in putting them on for himself.

When the reporter inspected this be-decorated vehicle, the new attachments included six lamps of various kinds, a clock, a barometer, an odometer, a speed indicator, a huge horn known as a “dragon,” an electric bell, a steam whistle, an “eradicator” for getting rid of small boys and a few other things.

The lamps include electric lights for illuminating the tonneau and the various gauges and indicators on the dash. These lamps are supplied with current by storage batteries under the seats.  Switches are located in a box on the left side of the dash.

The device Mr. Blank calls his “eradicator” consists of a steam jet placed out of sight in the rear.  When a small boy “hooks on” in the rear, he unconsciously informs the driver of his presence by ringing a small electric bell.  Thereupon the driver presses a plunger and shoots a jet of steam in the direction of the intruder’s legs, not to harm him, but to make him jump.

Another novelty is a fan belt indicator, which tells at a glance whether the fan is running, or whether the belt is broken or become slack.

Mr. Blank has spent about $800 in putting all these attachments on his machine, and he thinks there may still be things he has missed.


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Robbins Anniversary, 1906

Happy anniversary to Charles Woodford Robbins and Maggie Molder Robbins.  Here’s a report from the September 13, 1906 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 5.  (See also the Maryville Daily Forum, September 10, 1936, page 4, for an account of their 50th wedding anniversary celebration.)

Celebrated Wedding Anniversary.

On Thursday, Sept. 13, 1906, about thirty-five friends and relatives of Chas. W. Robbins and wife gathered at their home a half mile northeast of Skidmore, in honor of their twentieth anniversary.  The guests came with well filled baskets, and the table being spread at the usual hour, all partook of the bountiful dinner which had been prepared by the ladies.  The evening was spent in music and conversation after which the guests departed for their respective homes, wishing Mr. Robbins and wife many more such pleasant occasions.

Those present were:  J. B. Smith, W. R. Linville and wife, W. S. Linville and wife, Spencer Linville and wife, Orren Masters and wife, John Masters and wife; Mesdames M. P. Horn and children, Clarence Harris and children, Jas. Clarady and son, A. C. Wood, Willard Money, George Patterson, John Trapp, Sam Masters, Wood Masters; Misses Lillie Smith, Lora Stults, Ethel Linville, Barbie Patterson, and Lulu Wood.


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