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Skidmore citizens who ventured out into the world could count on the local paper to report the highlights of their travels.  This entry from the September 21, 1911 New Era reported both a trip and a wedding.

Returned From The Old Country

Joseph Close, a prosperous farmer, west of Skidmore, returned a few days ago from England, where he had been to bring to his adopted home and country, his bride.

Mr. Close is an Englishman, having been born and reared in Yorkshire, England, and came to America in 1870, to make this his home and like many of our loyal citizens, who have left their native land and came to the “land of promise” to carve out their fortunes, believes that this is the greatest, freest and best country on the face of the earth.

Mr. Close, the loyal Englishman that he is, thinks that the land of his nativity is a great and good country, but that her daughter, America, has greatly improved upon the mother-land, and that the improvement is very noticeable after you have been here a few years and go back to the “old sod.”

There, he says everything is very slow and easy in comparison with the snap and rush of bustling America.  The street cars there are awkward, slow and cumbersome and go lumbering along like our freight and dray wagons.  The buildings are low and squatty, not like the magnificent sky scrapers that tower sixteen to twenty-four stories in the air.

This makes the third trip back to his old home since he came here in 1870.  They say that the third time is the charm, and it looks like the old saying has proven true with Mr. Close, for on his third trip he brought back with him a Mrs. Close.

The New Era extends congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Close and hopes that the “new American” will always be as much in love with her adopted country as her estimable husband has been.

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