Parrish and Son, Blacksmiths

An era was coming to an end in Skidmore in 1899, as the town saw the end of one century and the retirement of Joseph Parrish, blacksmith. From the November 10, 1899 Skidmore Standard:

Last Monday, the firm J. V. Parrish and Son, blacksmiths, sold the stock to John Orton, who continues the business at the old stand. Joseph Parrish has been operating a shop in Skidmore since the founding of the town. He built the first shop here and was the first man to strike a hammer on an anvil. This was nineteen years ago in the town’s first days. Wesley Clark was erecting a shop at the same time but did not complete it until several days after Mr. Parrish was ready for business. Mr. Parrish also claims to have built the first residence in town; and the first marriage was that of his daughter, Belle, to Hamilton Deffenbaugh. He is a mechanical genius and is noted for his skill with tools. For several years, ill health has disabled him from active work and his son, James, who has also proven himself a master hand with tools, has had control of the shop. James will work in the shop, this winter, for the new proprietor and intends to move to Colorado in the spring. John Orton has been in the employ of Parrish & Son during the past two years, and thoroughly understands the business.

Advertisement from the Skidmore Standard, "Attention.  As I have purchased the blacksmith shop of J. V. Parrish & Son in Skidmore, I give you a special invitation to call and see me, and would be glad to do your work.  I will do you good.  Call and see me.  John Orton."

From the November 10, 1899 Skidmore Standard, page 5.