Although adopted in 1872 as a national event I could only find two mentions of Arbor Day in my Caddo files. I know many organizations in Caddo and elsewhere in Bryan County have planted trees in the area. I think it was a worthy goal of the original Civic Club to plant two of every kind of tree that grows in Oklahoma. I had not noticed that statement before!
The Caddo Herald
August 19, 1910
Caddo Cemetery and Civic Club
By Mrs. C. A. Bilbo
From a lengthy article on the history of the club:
The Civic club ladies have tried to have Arbor Day, but it always rains. However, we have, assisted by the Clubs, planted trees on the public School campus and set out trees every year in the cemetery. We are trying to get an assortment of at least two of every kind of tree that grows in Oklahoma, but can’t expect to do much good unless we get water works in the cemetery.
September 30, 1921
Too Many Holidays
State Superintendent R. H. Wilson announces that there are 27 holidays throughout the school year which should be observed by every school.
We beg to disagree with him. The passing of a certain historic day may be noted, but it should not be an occasion to dismiss school. Such days as Safety First, Fire Prevention, Columbus, Election, Statehood, Liberty, Health Crusade, Thrift Day, Lee’s Birthday, Scout Week, Lincoln’s Birthday, Arbor Day, Bird Day, Good Roads, Mother’s Day, Peace Day, all should be noted, but no school should be dismissed.
Such days as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Washington’s and Easter may deserve a holiday.
Too much money is paid for school expenses to observe all these days and it is utter folly to try to do so.