Farmers Union Pacific, 1922

From the Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), August 24, 1922, page 1:

Farmers Union Held Big Picnic Tuesday.
Dawson and McCaffrey Spoke
New Point Band Furnished Good Music.

Tuesday was a big day for the members of the Farmers Union. They held a picnic at the J. D. Montgomery farm, northeast of town, and a very enjoyable day was spent.

Judge John M. Dawson of Maryville and Prosecuting Attorney C. F. McCaffrey were the speakers and music was furnished by the New Point Concert Band. A very exciting game of ball was played between the Quitman and Maryville teams. Maryville won, but the score was not reported.

About 10:30 a.m., the New Point band arrived in Skidmore, and played several selections in front of the Farmers Union store here before going to the picnic grounds.

An estimate of the number of people attending the picnic has not been received, but is is reported that there were 210 automobiles there at one time — and of course there were others going and coming throughout the day. This would indicate that there were possibly from six hundred to eight hundred persons there at the time the cars were counted.

The day was extremely hot, and at times there were indications that the picnic might be broken up by rain, but this did not happen, and the day was enjoyed in spite of the heat.

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