From the May 23, 1912 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 4:
River Drainage. What Shall We Do?
In view of the fact that the Nodaway river has been dredged or contracts let for dredging and contractors now at work on same from Villisca, Iowa, to Quitman, Mo., it behooves and compels us, who are directly interested in river bottom land to take such steps as will protect our interest in this part of the district.
Therefore, we think it would be advisable for all parties interested in this immediate locality to get together and discuss ways and means by which we can protect our interests.
We think it would be advisable to call a meeting of the citizens, that we might direct ways and means that this can be best brought about. It is said, “In council there is wisdom,” and also, “In union there is strength.”
There are many ways in which these ends might be accomplished, and we are willing that one favored by those most interested be adopted; therefore we suggest that all citizens think this matter over and determine the best solution for the problem that now confronts us.
It is a well known fact, that the ditches above us will carry the water through the straight channel and empty it upon our lowlands faster than the old and crooked river bend can carry it off, and as a natural consequence our bottom lands will be much more overflowed. It is up to us to take care of this flood water. What are we going to do about it?
John G. Hays
W. M. Howden.