Welcome to a Stranger and Jolly Good Feeling Among those Acquainted

Let’s hope we can achieve both friendly welcome to strangers and jolly good feelings among those with whom we are acquainted this year. Here are a few reports of just such good times from the Skidmore, Missouri newspaper over the years:

From the January 12, 1904 Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri):
This is the season of the country school box socials and like entertainments and there is something like that coming off almost every night in the week in the Skidmore territory. To say a person can have a good time at these social gatherings is putting it very mildly for no place is there so much friendly welcome to a stranger and jolly good feeling among those acquainted as is there at one of these socials.

From the August 23, 1901 Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri):

A Pleasant Evening.

Mr. and Mrs. D. R. Littler entertained a number of their young friends and neighbors, at their beautiful country home west of town, last Friday evening, in honor of Mr. Ephraim Medsker, who leaves soon to attend school the coming winter at Quincy, Illinois.

Various amusements, together with delicious refreshments, consisting of ices, cake and lemonade, made the evening pass all too quickly and it was not until a late hour that goodnights were said.

Mr. and Mrs. Littler certainly understand the art of entertaining.
From the October 27, 1899 Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri):

Pie Social

The members of the Christian Endeavor Society of the Christian church will give a pie social at Mrs. H. A. C. Hasty’s residence, Saturday evening. They desire the Epworth League of the M. E. church to assist them. Each young lady who attends will be expected to take the very best pie she can make and the young gentlemen, of couse, will have to buy a pie for the privilege of eating it with its maker.
From the January 7, 1926 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri):

New Years Party

Mr. and Mrs. E. C. McClurg entertained a few friends on New Years eve. The house was decorated in keeping with the season, including a lovely Christmas tree. Somerset was played at four tables and at midnight lunch was served and the New Year given a joyous reception.

Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Montgomery, Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Owen, Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. John McMahon, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Loucks, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Wells, Mr. and Mrs. G. Otto Riley and Mr. T. H. Barclay.
From the January 7, 1926 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri):

Frolickers Club

The Frolickers Club entertained with a bridge party New Years night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Linville. A midnight supper was served at the conclusion of the games.

The color scheme carried out was green and white, the house being effectively decorated with large white candles tied with green bows, there were also the colors carried out in the supper menu.

Bridge was played at seven tables, the two persons receiving favors for high score were Mrs. Henry Wells of Maryville and Mr. Alex Wells.

Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wells of Maryville, Miss Josephine Irwin and Mr. Jack Carter of Fairfax, Miss Opal Hart of St. Joseph, Miss Margaret Norton of Maryville, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Wells, Mr. an Mrs. Alex Wells, Dr. and Mrs. Manning, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Keiffer, Misses Amy and Alice Barrett, Lettie Rodman, Hope Manchester and Bessie Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Barber, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Haynes, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mitchell, Misses Edith Porter, Grace Foster, Leona Sewell, Agnes Barrett and Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Linville.
From the January 28, 1926 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri):

Celebrate 83rd Birthday

A very enjoyable evening was spent at the home of A. M. Long Wednesday, January 20th, when a number of relatives and friends gathered to help Mr. Long and Hazel celebrate their birthday. They were the recipients of a beautiful bouquet of carnations and a box of home made candy. Oyster soup was served for supper and the evening was spent in a social way. Games by the young folks, after which ice cream was served, which was enjoyed by all.

Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ward and niece Mildred Scott of Harmon, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Ruddell, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Long, Mr. and Mrs. Ross Appleman, Mary Snuffer, Everett and Wilber Long, Leona Appleman, William and Mary Ruddell, Lou, Lela, Emmet and Hazel Long.