F. N. Campbell Steps Down

The Skidmore Standard had chronicled the changes at other papers for the past couple of years, but its February 15, 1901 edition announced a change of its own. The editor, F. N. Campbell, had resigned, and the “Punkin Editor,” publisher W. J. Skidmore, would continue.  Mr. Campbell submitted a graceful and truthful resignation on page 1:

Some Scattering Remarks.
The Editor Out and the Punkin Editor In.

In the course of human events it becomes necessary for a man to change his occupation.  Sometimes he betters himself and at other times he doesn’t.  Life is but an experiment anyway with most of us who live and move and have our being on this old mundane sphere, and when a square peg gets into a round hole it is time to move, and continue moving, until the square hole is found.  Thus it is that we see many changes about us, and the world progressing and growing better because of them.  In rural districts and country towns these changes are noticed more or less because “everybody knows you and you know everybody,” which condition does not exist in the larger towns and cities.  Be that as it may, and is, this may be rather a roundabout way of introducing what we intend to say, and it may not get the case, or the case may not get it, and again it may; have it whichever way you will.

The object of this article is to inform the readers of the Standard that a change has occurred in the Standard force, the undersigned having turned over the scissors and the paste can to the punkin editor and the compositor.  It is with no little regret that we thus sever our connection with the paper.  During the past two and one half years which we have posed as editor, the work was more pleasant than otherwise.  Skidmore is a splendid town; and since the people make or unmake a place, that means that there are a good many splendid people within its corporate limits, and also in the splendid farming territory surrounding the town.  Skidmore has gained a place in the very front ranks of the good towns in northwest Missouri, and we believe that its future is indeed bright.  We also believe that the Standard has had much to do with the town’s progress in the past and that it will have much to do with its progress in the future.  The sole aim of the publisher of the Standard is to make the paper a means for advancing the best interests of the town; and so long as it continues under the present management, that will be its chief object.

The business men of Skidmore owe it to the town, owe it to themselves and owe it to the Standard to patronize the paper better than the most of them do.  The fellow who makes a practice of looking on at a free show and then slip out when the hat is passed is soon branded as being a little less liberal, and not so open minded as a man should be.  The paper is a good thing; a town can’t be a real, live town without it; it takes money and work to publish one, and when the editor goes around and solicits job work or advertising work and is turned down by some business men, he can’t help comparing them to the fellow who sees the show and then dodges the hat.

We wish to thank all who have trusted us and thus helped to make our work pleasant.  We shall ever feel a thrill of genuine pleasure when we learn of Skidmore making any advancement, and rest assured that we shall never lose an opportunity to speak a good word for the best town, of its size, in the best state in all these United States of America.

Yours Respectfully,
F. N. Campbell.

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