Half-century news from the June 25, 1925 edition of the Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:
A Birthday Surprise
Saturday, June 20, was the 50th anniversary of the birth of Pearl Hays. He spent the day on his farm assisting with the work there. On Sunday he attended Sunday School and church as usual, and gave his birthday offering to the Sunday School. But when he returned home after church, he was very much surprised to find that a number of his relatives and friends had been apprised of his birthday, and had gathered with bountifully filled baskets to celebrate the event. Although Pearl said that the celebration was a day late, yet he entered into the spirit of the occasion with great zest and all present enjoyed the occasion very much. After an abundant feast and social hour spent together, the friends scattered after wishing Pearl many happy returns.
Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Argo and family, Ivan, Merlin, Myrtle, Della and James; Mrs. Alice Hays and family, Hollis, Hermione, Opal and Raymond; Mr. and Mrs. Russell Peter; Mr. and Mrs. Claude Peter; Rue Peter, Mrs. Dona Tooley and son Joseph of Hamilton, Mo.; Wilma Bowman of St. Joseph; Mrs. A. C. Barber and daughter Viola; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Clark; Mrs. David White; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Suetterlin and family, Ruth, David and Eunice; Rev. and Mrs. Cokely and son Kenneth, and Mrs. U. I. Wilson.