Please Feed the Printers

In the days of the Skidmore Standard, one sure-fire way to get your name in the paper was to take food to the newspaper office.  The editor and news team happily sampled each prize and reviewed it in the next edition.  Here are a few examples to make you hungry:

Mr. Henry Miller of Union Valley brought the Standard force a nice lot of very choice apples, one day this week.  It was a very acceptable gift, for apples such as they – large, bright and firm, retaining all their flavor – are about as scarce as hens’ teeth this season of the year.  It is sometimes nice to be a printer.
Skidmore Standard, April 20, 1900, page 4.

Isaac Reaksecker has the everlasting thanks of the Standard force for a peck of his best peaches.
Skidmore Standard, September 30, 1899, page 5.

S. P. Smith has a small pear tree about ten feet high that bore 30 pears this season.  The thirty weighted 17 pounds; and 9 of them weighed 6 pounds.  He brought in a sample for our inspection that was most excellent in every respect.
Skidmore Standard September 30, 1898, page 5.

Sterl Smith came in last press day and raised our flagging spirits by a present of some very fine peaches.
Skidmore Standard, August 12, 1898, page 5.

Will Howden brought us a sample of Elberta peach from his large orchard.  It measured 9 1/4 inches in circumference.  He says his peaches were damaged greatly by the dry weather and are not so large as they would have been if the season had been favorable.
Skidmore Standard, September 16, 1898, page 1.

We have a freak of nature at this office in a stalk and ear of corn, grown by Aaron Linville.  We can’t describe it, you will have to come in and see for yourselves.
Skidmore Standard, August 12, 1898, page 8.

Twenty-eight to the Quart.
A man would ordinarily feel like he was being cheated or flim-flammed if some one proposed giving him only 28 strawberries for ten cents this late in the season; but if those 28 berries are great, red beauties and fill a quart measure rounding full he would readily close the deal without a word of protest.  Mr. Charles Kauffman, living 3 miles east of town, brought a box of such berries to the Standard office, Wednesday, and left them without charging ten or any other number of cents.  We measured and disposed of them and wrote this while the taste was yet in the mouth.
Skidmore Standard, June 8, 1900, page 4.

Miss Bernice Walker received a crate of fine peaches from Oklahoma this week with the compliments of her grandfather, C. K. Clayton.  The fruit was of good size, excellent flavor, and by great odds the best of the kind that has come to Skidmore this season.  The Standard force will swear by this because we tried them.
Skidmore Standard, June 22, 1900, page 5.

A. C. Wood, the truck gardener of Florida Park, whose bewhiskered face is known to most of the Skidmore people because nearly all of the are his customers – presented the Standard force with a fine Canteloupe Monday morning.  Mr. Wood grows nice melons and takes care of them.  Should melon-hungry boys make a raid on his patch they would suddenly find themselves mixed up with terrors more to be feared than ferocious bull-dogs and double-action gatling guns.
Skidmore Standard, August 17, 1900, page 1.

Mrs. Mart Carden presented the Standard force with a nice melon yesterday evening and told us not to put it in the paper.  We didn’t.
Skidmore Standard, August 17, 1900, page 5.

Mr. Reuben Barrett brought some very fine yellow corn to the Standard office last Saturday.  He said he hadn’t taken special pains to produce large corn but Populisic cultivation brought the result.  Seven ears weighed 13 1/2 pounds. It would require only a few such ears to make a bushel and less than a few to make a good horse feed.
Skidmore Standard, September 14, 1900, page 5.

Frank Anders of near the state line, treated us with a half bushel of sweet potatoes Saturday.  This is pretty sporty grub for an editor and after getting away with the lot, we’ll be in condition to crack jokes with Eli Perkins. – Sheridan Advance.  Huh! We’ve had two batches of sweet potatoes presented to us lately, and are not bragging about it, either. – Fillmore Lever.  Yes, but it is about time for you to begin to brag about it; because if you let these opportunities go, you will probably not get another one.  That Sheridan Advance man knows which side his bread is buttered on, and is onto his job, so to speak.
Skidmore Standard, November 2, 1900, page 4.

The Standard force ate dinner Christmas day, with Mr. & Mrs. T. L. Marlin.  “Aunt” Mary is a famous cook and her dinner on this occasion was one to tempt a person with decidedly epicurean tastes, to say nothing of hungry printers.
Skidmore Standard, December 28, 1900, page 8.

Andrew Cottril came into our office yesterday afternoon and told us not to get scared, but we were somewhat surprised when he presented us with a sack of last year’s apples that were almost as sound and firm as when picked off the trees last fall. They were of the  Romanite and Geniton variety.
Skidmore Standard, June 14, 1901, page 1.

Thomas Shinal, who is working on a fruit farm near Walla Walla, Wash., sent a box of very fine plums to his sister, Mrs. Quince Gilmore, one of which Mr. Geo. Eckart brought to the Standard office. It measures seven and one half inches in circumference.
Skidmore Standard, September 13, 1901, page 5.

Andrew Cottril made the Standard force a present of a box of very fine peaches, which he picked from his orchard, Tuesday morning. We are very thankful to be remembered in this way.
Skidmore Standard, September 13, 1901, page 8.

David Hitchcock presented the Standard office with some very fine peaches, Tuesday.
Skidmore Standard, September 20, 1901, page 3.

J. W. Hitchcock returned Tuesday evening, from the West where he has been visiting relatives and hunting. Billy says that he killed the biggest deer that ever run at large in the wild and wolly mountains, in fact it was so large he had to get assistance to load it on a pack mule. He brought back a sack of dried venison and presented the Standard force with some of it.
Skidmore Standard, October 18, 1901, page 4.

C. M. Young presented the Standard force with a jug of very fine cider Tuesday afternoon, for which we extend our thanks.
Skidmore Standard, November 1, 1901, page 3.

Chas. Robbins, of Florida Park, presented the Standard force with some of the largest, handsomest and sweetest strawberries that it has been our good fortune to see this season.  He says he has a large patch with vines full of more just like them.
Skidmore Standard, May 30, 1902, page 4.

Friday afternoon two heads of exceptionally fine lettuce were brought to the Standard office, just to show the printers what Nodaway county will do under favorable conditions.  The two heads would have been sufficient to feed a small sized multitude.  They were grown by Mrs. John H. Linville.
Skidmore Standard, June 24, 1902, page 4.

D. Hitchcock has a Crimson Rambler rose bush which can’t be anything but beautiful, judging by a small branch about six inches long which he brought to this office Saturday.  There were over sixty full blown roses on it; small, but very red and very beautiful. Such a rose bush is surely a joy for all summer to its owner.
Skidmore Standard, June 17, 1902, page 4.

Theo. Gwin brought a bunch of oats to this office last evening that measures six feet in length.  It was raised on one of his lots in town.  After seeing oats of this length, it would be out of reason to say that there is any country or county that can beat Nodaway county for rich soil.
Skidmore Standard, July 11, 1902, page 1.

Henry Miller brought to this office the finest and largest lot of apples of the Jeneton variety that we have ever seen before.
Skidmore Standard, October 28, 1902, page 1.

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