No Use for Reindeers

The 1908 Skidmore New Era solicited letters to Santa Claus from the children of its readers.  The December 17 edition published a number of letters with requests for toys and candy.  A few writers, like former Skidmore resident Viva Matheny, were concerned with Santa’s transportation, too.

From the December 17 edition:

Dear Santa Claus, North Pole:
Please bring me a doll buggy, a toy stove, a set of dishes, teddy bear and a story book.
Good by, Blanch Devers

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 2, 08
Dear Santa Claus:
I was very much pleased with your letter in “The New Era.”
I want a gold braclet some candy, a big doll, and a saddle so I can ride my pony.  Mamma says.  “I will break you up.
Your little girl.
Vernita Ceva Ruddle

Graham, Mo., Dec. 5, 1908
Dear Santa Claus
I am a little girl.  I live in the country.  I go to school every day.  Wish you would bring mea pair of skates, some candy and a ring for Xmas.  Please bring my brother a little automobile.  Our papa is gone now and I hope he will see this in the New Era.  Be sure and bring the ring.
With love from, Stella Davis.

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 1, 1908
Dear Santa Claus North pole.
Please bring me a pair of roller skates, a drum, a basket ball, a foot ball and a sled.  I still have my rockie horse that you brought me last year.
Your friend, Johnie Conrad.

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 7, ’08
Dear Santa Claus:
Please bring me a ring, some candy and nuts, a story book, a picture book, a ball, some oranges and banana’s, a handkerchief and a pencil.  Now I will tell you what my little brother, Ermil, wants you to bring him as he is not old enough to write for himself.  He wants sour drops, a train of cars, a horn, a little toy elephant on wheels, a jack rabbit on wheels, some nuts and oranges, a ring, a pencil, a handkerchief and chewing gum.  Age 7.
From your loving, Clio Coler.

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 1, 1908
Dear Santa Claus North Pole.
Please bring me a doll buggy a trunk, some candy, peanuts, a doll and a piano.
Good by, Margueriette Shaw

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 5, 1908
Dear Santa Claus:
It is just about Christmas, so I thought I would write to you.  Am nine years old and in the fourth grade, and like my studies very much.  Will you please bring me a ring, bracelet, locket and chain, and I’ll expect some candy, of course.  If you bring me what I ask for, I will write again.
Your friend, Olive Ruth Stiner

Dear Santa Claus:
I will try and write you a few lines to let you know that I want some roller skates, a pair of overshoes, a set of dishes, a story book, a doll and a little trunk for Christmas I am in the third reader and I am 12 years old.
Your friend, Lucie Beverlin

Skidmore Mo., Dec. 1, 1908
Dear Santa Claus North pole.
Please bring me a basket ball and an Indian suit and a bat.
Good bye, Adrian Hoblitzell.

Skidmore Mo., Dec. 1908.
Dear Santa Claus North pole,
Please bring me a foot ball and a pair of mittens and a pair of roller skates.
Goodery Russel

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 5, 1908
Dear Santa Claus:
I thought I would write and tell what I want for Christmas.  Please bring me a gun, a drum, a bicycle, an automobile, a pound of shot, sled, knife, rubber ball, pair of skates, a lot of candy and nuts.  I am a little boy, ten years old and guess this will be all for this time.  So good by old Santa.  Don’t forget me.
Yours truly, Aaron Willis

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 1, 1908
Dear Santa Claus North Pole:
Please bring me a toy stove, a doll, some candy, a teddy bear, and a little dresser.
Your little friend, Mollie Wheeler.

Colorado Spr., Col. 937 Costello St.
Dear Santa Claus:
Please bring me a train of cars, a little automobile and a horn, and a box of big red Missouri apples and anything else you think I need.
With love, Glen Howard.

Colorado Springs, Col., Nov. 28
1020 E. Costillo St.
Dear Santa Claus:
Please bring me a little wagon with a horse hitched to it, and two big Missouri apples for Christmas.  I am seven years old.
Ferris Doolittle

Minco, Okla., Nov. 28, 1908.
Dear Old Santa:
I use to live in Missouri where you will see this letter printed, but now I am in Minco, Oklahoma, where you will have no use for reindeers, when you visit us this year.  Please bring me a dear little fur scarf and a doll with red hair.
Lovingly, Viva L. Matheny.

Skidmore, Mo., Dec., 3, 1908.
Dear Santa Claus:
I am a little girl eight years old.  Would you please bring me a story book, and a water set for Christmas?  Please bring my brother and sister something.  I would like to have you take presents to any little children who will not have a good Xmas.
Your friend, Letha Strickler.

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 5, 08
Dear Santa Claus, North Pole:
Please bring me a doll that goes to sleep, a trunk, candy, some nuts and a piano.
Goodby, Bernice Barrett.

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