From the November 28, 1912 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:
The “Mum” Show
The Chrysanthemum Show given by the Ladies Aid of the Christian church in the opera house at Skidmore, last week was a decided success socially, entertainingly and financially. There were near three hundred “mums” on exhibition, of every color imaginable almost, and ranging in size from a ten cent piece to a ten dollar bill.
It has been about twelve years since the Skidmore ladies gave a chrysanthemum show, but this one was so interesting that the Ladies Aid of the Christian church have decided to make it an annual affair and next year you may look for one of the best “Mum” shows in the country.
The first day was given to visiting, viewing the “Mums” and having a general good time socially. In the afternoon, pumpkin pie and coffee were served. In the evening the “Butterfly” social was given. This consisted of hot cakes and syrup and those who were served made the “butter fly” to their heart’s content. In the afternoon of the second day cake and coffee were served. In the evening a program of vocal and instrumental music was given and a number of fancy cakes were sold, one of which brought $14.05.
Total receipts were about $46.00.