Winning Floats, 1922

Here are the results from the October 1922 school day in Maryville, Missouri. We’re getting a chuckle out of the fact that the school winning the “traveled the farthest” prize was 4.5 miles away, but we recognize how hard it must have been to transport school kids and a float in 1922. From the October 19, 1922 Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Seventy-Eight Floats in Parade.

Seventy-eight floats, representing a like number of Nodaway County’s rural schools, took part in the School Day parade at Maryville last Wednesday. A good many folks from Skidmore and vicinity attended, and the reports brought back are to the effect that it certainly was a great parade.

The first prize of $75 went to Belle Grove school, four and one-half miles southwest of Maryville. Lasher won second prize of $60; Myrtle Tree, third — $50; Scudder, fourth — $50; and Rockford fifth — $30.

Only two schools of the Skidmore Consolidated District were represented. Liberty, Wilber Williams teacher, had a float representing “The Little Red School House.” Mr. Williams sat at his desk in the school house, the children were in their seats and there were posters on the walls and vitalized agriculture displays were arranged in the building. The school was conducted as the float passed along in the parade.

Union Valley, Mrs. Maymie M. Bird teacher, had an excellent display of the agriculture products of the community, arranged to represent a booth at a fair. The district school was in the center of the float.

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