Mildred Sewell Arranges a Picnic, 1911

From the August 8, 1911 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 9:

An Out and Out Outing.

This was what you would call a real out and out picnic outing. It seems that Mildred was the real instigator of the movement, but she was ably seconded by the others in the gang.

About 4:30 o’clock in the evening the picnicers wended their way to a shady — I mean a particularly shady woods, swung hammocks, built a bonfire, and prepared to enjoy a quiet evening, far from the busy turmoil of commercial activity.

Many of the bunch amused themselves by cutting hammock ropes, others fished vainly in the nearby river, but most of them were content to lounge, thoroughly relaxed, in the comfortable hammocks or on the quilts taken for that purpose.

Then after awhile some one suggested supper, which suggestion met with unanimous approval.  And say! that was sure some supper, olives, sandwiches of various kinds, cake, salads, etc., and there was a case of innocent pop bottles that soon lost their contents.  But by that time the once hungry partakers were filled to their utmost capacity.

Did you ever notice that any kind of “grub” always tastes better when eaten out of doors?

Those who attended were:  Misses Bess and Ferol Bilby, Amy, Alma and Alta Barrett, Helen Hutt, Laura Weddle, Rose Barrett and Mildred Sewell; Messrs Clyde Busby, Lawrence Howden, Bert Strickler, Earl Jordan, Chance Littler, William Howden Jr., Howard Manning and Will Barber.


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