From the December 30, 1915 Skidmore New Era, page 1:
The First Time in 18 Years.
On Christmas day Mr. and Mrs. James McDonald, living seven miles northeast of Skidmore, enjoyed the day very happily by having with them their seven children and seven grandchildren. The first time in eighteen years.
A fine Christmas dinner was enjoyed and the day was indeed a happy one.
Following are the names of those present: H. D. McDonald, wife and children, Geo. T. Smith, wife and children, Charles H. Donahue and wife of Pickering, Joseph McDonald, wife and son, Charles, Earl and Alma McDonald.