In 1901, it was "the best town situated in the best county, in the best state in the United States."
Granted, the person bestowing that title was the editor of the Skidmore Standard newspaper, and Skidmore was named for his family, who founded the town in the late 1800s. Still, I'd argue that it is indeed a special place and a prime example of small-town Midwestern life in the early 20th century.
My mother's family lived in the area from the late 1800s through the 1960s. I'm sharing newspaper stories and other information from those early days in the hope that I can help other descendants find their own northwest Missouri ancestors.