Woodmen of the World, 1900

The Skidmore camp of the W. O. W. (Woodmen of the World) elected its officers for the coming year, but much more importantly than that, they planned their next meeting, which included a “big supper.” Note that they had their priorities – prompt attendance so the big supper wouldn’t be delayed. From the December 22, 1899 edition of the Skidmore Standard (Skidmore, Missouri):

W. O. W. Officers.

At a meeting of Skidmore camp No. 246 Woodmen of the World, Thursday night an election of officers was held which resulted as follows:
Consul Commander, F. N. Campbell; Lieut. Advisor, J. T. Yates; Banker, D. F. Mitchell; Clerk, J. D. Montgomery; Escort, Fred Shell; Watchman, W. R. Kennedy; Sentry, Jepp Collins.

On the next regular meeting night January 4, 1900, these officers will be installed after which the foresters will adjourn to Linville’s hall and partake of a big supper which has been ordered by the camp. This supper is not only for the Woodmen but for their families also. It is desired that all members meet at the lodge room by seven o’clock so the installation exercises may be completed in good time for the supper.