Skidmore Newspaper Index

**** Index information for August 1898 – December 1902 is online again. Thanks for your patience!  ****

The staff of the Skidmore New Era newspaper pose by the printing press.

Skidmore New Era newspaper staff, Skidmore, Missouri, ca. 1908

For the past two years, I have been compiling an index to the Skidmore Standard newspaper.

The Standard was published in Skidmore, Missouri from 1895 through 1904, and issues from August 1898 – December 1904 exist on microfilm at the State Historical Society of Missouri.  This online index covers those available issues, from August 12, 1898 through December 1901.  Entries for 1902, A-P, are also online.

Where to find the Index:  Printed copies of the index for 1898-1902 are available in the Nodaway County Historical Society, the Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society, the Midwest Genealogy Center, the State Historical Society of Missouri, Allen County Public Library and other genealogy collections.  Index volumes for 1903 and 1904 are in the editing process now and should be out to libraries before the end of the year. I’m in the process of posting a searchable version on this site — use the search box to the right for simple keyword searches of index entries from August 1898 – December 1902.

What is indexed:  I indexed all locally-written articles and news items.  Advertisements for local businesses are also included, although national ads, such as those for patent medicines, are not.  Local ads that repeated from issue to issue were indexed one time each to save space in the printed version.  The index does include all of the smaller who-went-where and who-visited-whom items, as well as all available birth announcements, marriages, and obituaries.

How to get the articles:  Most smaller items of one or two lines are transcribed as part of the index and appear in the notes field.  If you see a couple of lines in quotation marks, you have the entire item from the paper.  The majority of the local news items in the paper were short bits of gossip like these.  Longer articles are summarized in the notes field.  Your local library’s Interlibrary Loan department can get copies of the longer articles for you, or you could get copies directly from the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Searching the Index:  Use the search box to retrieve citations from the Index to the Skidmore Standard and any available articles I have transcribed and featured on this site. You’ll have the best results if you search for last name only and try different spellings.  The Standard did not always use the same spelling for names, so Adrian Pinkston was also Adrain Pinkston and A. Pinkston, and Julia Moomaw can also appear as Mrs. Moomaugh.  You can keyword search for topics, such as weather, sidewalks, roads, crime, and gardening, as well as the Punkin Show.  (That’s Punkin, not Pumpkin, although the Standard talked about its “punkin editor” and you’ll find “some pumpkins” in the Standard, too.)

Here’s where the online index stands now:

  • 1898 – All available index items (August-December) are posted here.
  • 1899 – All available index items are posted here.
  • 1900 – All available index items are posted here.
  • 1901 – All available index items are posted here.
  • 1902 – All available index items are posted here.
  • 1903 – Editing is underway.
  • 1904 – Editing is underway.
  • 1905 – Editing is underway.  (Skidmore New Era)
  • 1906 – Indexing has started.  (Skidmore New Era)


This indexing project is dedicated to the memory of Marilyn Copeland Riat and Frances Wright.  If you find this site helpful, please consider donating to the Nodaway County Historical Society, the State Historical Society of Missouri, or your local genealogy library or society.