Tug of War, August 1899

Ad for a tug of war at the Skidmore community picnic, 1899. Text follows.
From the Skidmore Standard, August 4, 1899, page 11.

This is what we did in the days before television and the Internet, kids.  The Modern Woodmen camps were in for a rematch, as reported in the August 4, 1899 Skidmore Standard:

The tug of war that was to have been pulled off last Saturday, will occur tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock on Elm St. at the same location that was used the 4th of July. A regulation tug of war rope, 140 feet long will be used and there will be twenty men on a side. The contest is to continue twenty minutes unless the Modern Woodmen pull the World men over the line 10 feet before that time. A flag will go to the winners. It will be a pretty contest and a very large crowd will be present to witness it.

Text of the ad reads, “Community Picnic at Skidmore Saturday, Sept. 18. Program: 10:30 – Music by Band. Prayer – Rev. E. L. Cunningham. 5 minutes talk – J. F. Kellogg. 5 minutes talk – R. B. Foster. 5 minutes talk – H. W. Montgomery. 5 minutes talk – F. H. Barrett. Music – Songs. 11:30 Dinner Hour. 1:00 Address, “Community Interest,” by Rev. Green. Balance of program to be announced from platform. Reception Committee: Messrs. and Mesdames Mark Loucks, W. F. Barber, Jesse Patton, Gordon Bennett, F. C. Barber, Clyde Wright, Jacob Suetterlin, A. T. Oakerson, J. O. Miller, C. E. Owens, Pred Peoples, M. E. Medsker, David Wright, J. E. Hart, J. E. Strickler, A. C. Barber, Major Collins, Clarence Bailey, F. S. Albright, Ira Porter, J. F. and C. W. Brown, and E. T. Duval.”

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