From the May 19, 1921 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:
Will Observe Clean-Up Week.
Mayor Issues Proclamation — City Will Furnish Teams.
Mayor W. G. Reynolds has issued a proclamation naming next week, May 23-28, as ‘Clean-Up’ week for Skidmore, and everyone is urged to co-operate with the city officials in making Skidmore attractive and sanitary.
The city will provide teams and wagons for the purpose of hauling away rubbish, provided it is placed in piles at the alley in the rear of the property.
The mayor’s proclamation follows:
Known all men, women and children by These Present:
That whereas, the National Clean Up and Paint Up campaign has resulted in many advantages in community life throughout the United States, in safeguarding health; in promoting Thrift; in Furthering Prevention of Fire; in stimulating Civic Pride; and in making the Home and City Beautiful.
Now Therefore, Be it known that plans have been perfected for a thorough Clean Up and Paint Up campaign in Skidmore.
Beginning Monday, May 23rd, 1921. This date to mark the opening of a real campaign of persistent and constructive effort in cleaning up and in keeping it up. In this worthy movement we urge each citizen to do his or her part to make our community Clean, Healthy, Thrifty, Safe and Beautiful.
On Thursday, May 26th, the city of Skidmore will furnish teams and wagons for the purpose of hauling away all cans and rubbish, of a light nature, provided, however, you do not try to impose on them by asking them to haul away something you should have hauled away yourself. The street commissioner to be the judge. This rubbish must be in a pile in the alley to the rear of your property. This includes everyone with special stress on the business districts.