From the early 1900s through the 1950s, we see references to groups in Skidmore, Missouri holding a “kitchen window” to raise funds. We’d love to have a description of what exactly takes place at a “kitchen window” event. Searches of other newspapers lead us to believe that it was a Nodaway County phenomenon, and the term was not widely used elsewhere. Here’s a kitchen window from the November 24, 1921 Skidmore News:
The fifth and sixth grades of the Skidmore school held a kitchen window at Manchester & Dodd’s store last Saturday afternoon. They took in a little over $13.00, which is to be spent for dictionaries for the room.