Woodmen Plow Corn for Howard Kaufman

The folks in Skidmore believed in helping their neighbors, as we see in this report from the July 1, 1909 Skidmore New Era, page 1:

The Woodmen Plowed Corn Thursday.

A number of the Woodmen belonging to Camp No. 3077, Skidmore, Mo., showed that they could handle a corn plow or disc as well as a M. W. A. ax, by plowing corn Thursday for Howard Kaufman who has been sick for some time.  They also proved to the outside world that the obligation to a neighbor with them was not mere words put in their forms and ceremonies for looks, but meant something.

Mr. Kaufman has been “under the weather” for three or four weeks, unable to work, so his cornfield was getting quite green with weeds.  About nine or ten of the boys, some of them his neighbors who had corn of their own which was needing their attention, and the others from town, went to his place on Thursday with teams, plows and corn discs and the way they killed weeds and plowed corn was a sight.

At noon Mrs. Kaufman had prepared one of the nicest dinners that ever a hungry set of men set down to and the way they had plowed corn was not a “marker” to the way they got away with that dinner.

When night came they found that they had gone over about 45 acres, which will help out a sick man mightily.

The following are the names of those who plowed:  F. H. Barrett, Perry Colwell, Jim Linville, James Gale, George Patterson, Wm. Devers, W. E. Elsworth, Gaylord Dilts and Charles and Joe Donivan.


Thanks to Woodmen.

I desire to thank the Modern Woodmen and all who assisted me in plowing corn last Thursday.  — Howard Kaufman.