Skidmore Letters to Santa, 1908 – Part 1

Beginning around 1908, the Skidmore New Era asked children from the surrounding area to send in their letters to Santa Claus. We are delighed to present you with a series of letters from 1908. Perhaps you’ll find an ancestor listed here. Here’s the first round from the December 17, 1908 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri):

Dear Santa:
Please bring me a drum, a pop gun, horn, automobile and a train.
Orville Irvine.

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 2, 1908.
Dear Santa:
Please bring me a bracelet, a stove, a doll, a tea set and a bed for dollie.
Mary Irvine.

Skidmore, Mo., Nov. 30, ’08.
Dear Santa:
I want a knife, candy and nuts, a watch and some chewing gum. I want a horse and wagon, a wheel barrow and a gun.
Yours truly,
Alfred Reese.

Skidmore Mo., Nov. 27, 1908.
Dear Santa:
I want a doll and a doll-cart too, a stove, a blackboard and a story book too, a rocking chair and a ring. I have the teddy bear yet.
Helen Ruth Hall.

Dear Santa Claus:
Please bring me a horse named “Clyde” and a watch. Bring me a train, a wagon, lots of candy and nuts and a barrel of apples. Bring any thing else you see that you think I need.
With love,
Paul Finney,
1010 S. Costilla St., Colorado Springs, Colo.

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 5, 1908.
Dear Santa Claus:
I thought I would write and tell you what I want for Christmas. I want a ring, a bracelet, a book, a locket and chain, a watch, a French harp, a pony and lots of candy and nuts. That is all for this time.
Yours truly,
Minnie Willis.

Skidmore, Mo., Dec. 3, ’08.
Dear Santa Claus:
I want to write you a few lines to let you know that I live in Skidmore again so you will be sure not to forget me. Please bring me a train that runs on a track, a little automobile, a little barn with some little horses, and a knife. My little brother can play with them too. I would like some candy, banannas and oranges.
From your little friend,
Cecil Ross.

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