Skidmore, Missouri was a busy town in the first part of the 20th century, but not every businessman found it to be the right fit. B. O. Ford and family closed up shop and went back East in 1922, as we see in the July 20, 1922 edition of the Skidmore News:
Fords to Leave.
Last week B. O. Ford disposed of his meat market and grocery store, and is making preparations to leave in a few days for West Virginia, where he will engage in business.
Mr. Ford came here in 1915 as manager of the Skidmore Mercantile Co. A few months later he opened a toggery shop, which he conducted until two years ago, then he sold his stock of goods and purchased the meat market and grocery of C. E. Owens.