I Am Trying to be Good

Miss Maud Linville and other teachers had an influence over many young minds in Skidmore’s history.  They also, it seems from the letters below, had an influence on letters to Santa Claus in 1908.  These appeared in the Skidmore New Era’s Christmas edition on December 17, 1908:

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 3, 1908
Dear Santa Claus:
It is just about Christmas time so I thought I would write to you.  I am in the fourth grade and 9 years old.  I like my teacher fine.  Her name is Miss Maud Linville.  I go to Sunday school every Sunday.  Please bring me a locket and chain, or a braclet, a doll head, a muff and a doll carriage.  Remember all the rest of the little children so they will have a happy Christmas.
Your friend, Florence Foster

Dear Santa:
I want a book and ring for Xmas also some candy.  My little brother wants a book and an engine and Charles wants a trunk.
Yours truly, Lois McDaniel

Dear Santa:
Please bring me a doll bed and some books and some candy and some nuts, and if you have any sets of dishes left, would like to have a set of them.
Good bye, Marie Thomas

December 3, ’08
Dear Santa:
I thought I would write you a few lines this morning while in school.  My teacher’s name is Miss Maud Linville.  Would you please give all that I know a gift for Xmas?  I would like a sled, coat and sweater, and will thank you for them.
Your friend, Rubin Hall

Skidmore, Mo., 12-3, ’08
Dear Santa Claus,
It is about Chritmas time so I thought I would write to you.  I am in the 4th grade.  Am nine years old and go to Sunday School every Sunday.  Santa, will you please bring me a ring, a locket, a bracelet, a book and a big doll.  I wish every girl and boy will get something for Xmas.
Your friend, Bertha Parish

Skidmore, Mo. Dec. 2, ’08
Dear Santa Claus:
I am a little girl eight years old and go a mile to school.  My teacher is Miss Laura Pugh.  Have a little sister four years old and a little brother two years old.  Would like for you to bring my little sister a big doll, some nice story books, some candy and nuts.  Bring my little brother a top, horse and wagon, some candy and nuts.  Please bring me a big doll and a necklace, some story books, candy and nuts.
Francis Jackson

Skidmore, Mo. Dec. 2, ’08
Dear Santa Claus,
Am going to write and tell you what I want for Christmas.  Would like to get a story book, a locket and chain, a doll, some candy and nuts.  Please remember Hope and pauline and all the little boys and girls.
Your little girl, Ella Manchester

Dear Santa Claus:
Please bring me some story books and a boy’s racer and some candy and nuts for me and Marie and anything else you want to bring.  I am trying to be a good boy.  Good by Santa Claus.
From Sterling Thomas

Dear Santa Claus:
Please bring me something for Christmas.  Bring me a ball, a bat and a glove too.  Bring a little wagon for George Beverlin, and a little doll for Lelia Beverlin.  I hope every boy and girl will have a good Christmas.
Your friend, Ernest Beverlin.

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 1, 1908
Dear Santa, North Pole
Please bring me a drum, a horn, a train, a story book and a little boat.  I live just across the street from the lumber yard.
Good bye Santa.  Erman Miller

Skidmore, Mo. Dec. 1, ’08
Santa Claus, North Pole
Please bring me a drum, a ball and a ball glove.  Goodbye.
Rex Colwell

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 3, ’08
Dear Santa:
I want an Indian suit, a pair of roller skates, a book, handkercheif, a band ring, and a neck-tie pin.  Please give all the poor girls and boys, men and women something.
With love to all, your friend, Leonard Jordan.

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