The Election, 1900

Full coverage of the election from the November 9, 1900 Skidmore Standard, page 1:

The Election.
Fine Weather and Steady Voting in Skidmore.


Election day dawned with a leaden cloud hanging in the eastern sky; but the cloud soon melted away and all was lovely and bright during the remainder of the day in which the fate of our nation was, again, to be decided. In Skidmore the day was full of sunshine and electioneering gibberish. In these respects it differed very little from all preceding election days. Indeed, it would be hard to imagine any other fair weather for the day when such momentous questions are to be settled; for four years, by us Americans. It would be more difficult still, to imagine an election in which every man could walk up to the polls and cast his ballot without a score of some other fellow’s friends first telling him how he should do it.


The polls were opened early, and the voters began to vote equally early. The judges of the election and their clerks were kept busy as bees all during the day. At no time was there a lull in the voting. Some men went home without voting because they did not want to take their place in line and wait their turn to vote.


There was entirely too much red tape connected with the way a man had to prepare his ballot. The old blanket ticket which was used four years ago was not in evidence this time, but, instead, each voter had to take seven tickets to his booth, and select and prepare the one he wished to vote, fold it, then fold separately the six other tickets and return them to the receiving judge. He must then stand there until the judge had counted his returned tickets. This consumed too much time and made the voting slow.


The thing would have been much simplified if a voter could have taken one ticket – when he so desired, and cared not a straw who knew how he voted – and gone into a booth, and prepared his ballot.


The best of good feeling prevailed at the polls and throughout the town while the battle of the ballots was raging.


The Associated Press reports were received over the wire, and were read in J. H. Grigsby’s implement building. A large crowd was in attendance at these readings until about half past two o’clock Wednesday morning, when the returns pointed very strongly to a landslide for McKinley. Operator Dodds was then allowed to ‘cut out’ and retire. The telephone was also in continuous use until about 3 o’clock in the morning.


Monroe township gave a majority to all the candidates on the fusion ticket, excepting E. E. Tilton, candidate for sheriff. Tilton was beaten 8 votes.


Missouri went Democratic which places A. M. Dockery in the Governor’s chair. The Fourth District sends Cochran back to Congress. Nodaway County elected the fusion ticket with one exception.


The vote of the county was as follows:


W. J. Bryan 4055
Wm. McKinley 3858.


For Governor.
A. M. Dockery 4067
Joseph Flory 3869.


For Congress.
C. F. Cochran 4118
John Kennish 3865.


For State Senator.
Wm. E. Stubbs 4110
S. D. Gromer 3876.


For Representative.
C. J. Colden 4105
H. E. Ralston 3836.


For Sheriff.
E. E. Tilton 3866
James M. Enis 4040.


For Prosecuting Attorney.
J. M. Dawson 4101
Charles Wilson 3836.


For County Treasurer.
B. F. Litts 4035
Wm. E. Gray 3933.


For Coroner.
E. L. Crowson 4096
Marcus Carter 3865.


For Surveyor.
J. K. YOung 3977
W. G. Oliver 3946.


For Public Administrator.
A. C. Hopkins 4116
A. Johnston 3852.


For Judge County court, 1st Dis’t.
W. T. Whiteford 2200
J. R. Thresher 2108.


For Judge County Court, 2d. Dis’t.
W. H. Sowers 1926
Newton Kelley 1732.


President McKinley gets four years more and Teddy Roosevelt will rule o’er the Senate.

Tom Howden and all the other Republicans wore their very broadest smiles the next day.

Bryan wasn’t in it for hardly a minute. Such is life in politics.

The World’s Fair amendments went through with a rush. Begin now, to get ready to show them in 1903.