The Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri) often printed columns of news items sent in from the surrounding area. We have some festive news from the August 31, 1911 edition on page 8:
Miss Nona Snell commenced her second term of school at Eureka last Monday.
Mr. Oren and Miss Esta Hester of Mound City were visiting relatives in this neighborhood a few days last week.
W. H. Smock left last Thursday for Des Moines, Iowa, where he will join Mrs. Smock, who has been visiting there for a few weeks. They will attend the State Fair before returning home.
Edward Kenney and family of Graham were the guests of their son, James, last Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Hester gave a social last Saturday evening in honor of their daughter, Vernie’s, eighteenth birthday. Their country home was beautifully decorated with Japanese lanterns. The evening was happily spent with games of various kinds and Uncle Tom Dyson was present with his graphaphone to furnish music. At a late hour Mrs. Hester assisted by Mrs. L. C. Cottrell, Mrs. Tom Dyson and Mr. Mart Moody, served delicious ices, cake and grapes. Miss Vernie was presented with a number of nice presents. At a late hour the guests departed wishing Miss Vernie many more happy birthdays.
Miss Clara Kenney of Burlington Junction was the guest of Miss Esther German a few days last week.
Misses Juno Jones of Maryville and Lura Stults of Skidmore were the guests of Miss Vernie Hester Saturday evening and Sunday.
Miss Blanche Smock of Colorado Springs is visiting relatives in this neighborhood.