Skidmore Foresters Win First Prize

Competition news from the October 14, 1909 Skidmore New Era, page 6:

The Skidmore Forester Team Winner of First Prize.
Two Teams Entered the Contest, Elliott, No. 1917, And Skidmore, No. 3077 — Both Teams Were in Prime Condition.

The Enterprise in its splendid five column write up of the Korn Karnival, Horse show and Woodmen Log Rolling held in Braddyville last week had the following to say of the forester team drill contest:

“The crowning event of the day was the forester team drill contest which occurred on Mulberry street at 2:30. It was certainly one of the most spectacular events ever witnessed here.

Two teams entered the contest: Elliott, No. 1917, and Skidmore, No. 3077. Both teams were in prime condition and put on a splendid drill.  The Elliott boys went onto the drill grounds first and the ease with which they executed many of the most difficult drills pleased the assembled crowds to the extreme. With only a few errors marked up against them, they passed through their entire drill very creditably.  But pleased as were the spectators with the effort of the Elliot team, they were so extremely delighted with the work of the Skidmore aggregation that their approval was made manifest by repeated cheering during the process of the drill by the latter team. The Skidmore boys executed their drill with a vim and a snap that recommended them at once as favorites.

The judges, Stacy E. Steeves, captain of the local forester team, and Messrs. C. R. and Wm. Meyers, prominent Woodmen connected with the Woodmen Accident Association, awarded first place to the Skidmore team who thereby became the proud possessors of the $50 cash prize.  Elliott, at second place, secured the second and third prizes, aggregating $15.

But while the Elliot boys were outclassed by their “Neighbors” from the south in the drill contest, they very decidedly regained their lost honors by winning both the log-rolling and tug-of-war contests. The log-rolling contest proved a novel and extremely pleasing entertainment to the onlookers. Eight Men were chosen from each team to roll the log, and the Skidmore eight succeeded in rolling it the required distance of twenty-five yards and return in 40 seconds, but the Elliot eight performed the feat in 35 seconds. Thus the honors of the day were very evenly divided between the two visiting teams.

For a while the boys from Missouri had captured the big prize in the drill contest, the Neighbors from the North had demonstrated their superior strength in log rolling and tug-of-war contests and from their number had come the winners in both the wood-chopping and wood-sawing contests.

Right here it is proper that we make note of the fact that both teams were composed entirely of gentlemen, not a roudy in the bunch. The Elliot boys arrived on the morning passenger and remained throughout the day until the evening passenger, and not once did a one of their number conduct themselves in any but a creditable manner. Just as much can be said of the Skidmore boys, who arrived on the noon train Thursday and remained until the morning passenger Friday with not a discreditable action marked up against them.

They were gentlemen, every one, and it is a pleasure to the members of the local camp to have the occasion graced by two so splendid aggregations of neighbor Woodmen.

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