I've been researching Caddo’s history for twenty years. What began as some “background material” for a novel has become a passionate hobby. (We’re avoiding the word obsession.) I’ve compiled eight books and I’m working on my ninth. I use the word “compiled” because my books are a combination of newspaper articles, letters, photos, and advertisements that tell their own story. Other than a few comments or explanations, I’m not writing history, I’m merely compiling the facts for the benefit of others.
Most of my work is aimed at helping people locate their ancestors and verify dates of important life events so they can complete family trees, obtain proof of Native American heritage, locate graves, or divide estates. However, my personal interest and research centers on the life people lived while they were in Caddo and the events and conditions that affected those lives. I’m especially fascinated by the ebb and flow of business in Caddo.
With that background in mind, I find it intriguing that I still make new discoveries each week. And no, I can’t just “tell you the story of Caddo” from memory. Trying to do so reminds me of my childhood attempts to hold mercury in my hand. Although many of the residents lived here through several generations, other people flowed in and out of Caddo each year and some businesses changed almost monthly.
So…today’s post is a compilation of some business facts from the summer of 1912. A couple of them were “news to me”.
The Caddo Herald
May 24, 1912
Amos K. Bass is building a new barn at his home place.
W. T. Craghead is making improvements to his home, adding a porch and painting.
J. A. Wood is just completing a neat six room bungalow in the west part of town, moving in this week.
W. D. Harrison has built a cement walk on the east side of his property, put in a new iron fence, all of which improves the appearance of his place very much.
W. F. Clower is completing an addition to his house and barn, adding new paint and otherwise improving the appearance of his home.
P. W. Howe has built a large new barn on his premises on West Buffalo Street. This is the place he recently purchased from A. B. Rutherford.
The young men have fixed a nice tennis court on the lot of Dr. Nettleton in the north part of town. This is one of the best courts in this part of the state.
The Lingo-Leeper Co. is building an entirely new lumber yard. After the new sheds are built the old ones will be torn away which gives them a place for the better accommodation of their business and adds much to the appearance of that part of town.
The machinery for the new light plant has been installed and the house built this week. It will not be long before the light and power will come from the new plant.
May 31, 1912
C. E. Blessing has purchased the E. O. Allen residence in the west part of town. Consideration, $1,600.
Wednesday W. H. Glasscock received three new 1912 model Ford four-door, five passenger cars which are added to his salesroom.
Carter & Booker is the name of a new firm of tinners and plumbers in Caddo and have their shop in the old post office building.
F. L. Booker has moved his harness shop to the old post office building where he is better than ever prepared to attend your harness orders.
Drs. Reeves & Reeves announce on and after Saturday, June 1st they will be located in the D. McCoy building. Treating all curable diseases of domestic animals; dental work a specialty. Graduates of Dallas Veterinary College.
Tuesday the School Directors let the contract of the completion of the new school building to Mr. Thorne of Denison for $4,750. This is the contract that was not finished by Mr. Keatley and the bond company stands between the school directors and loss. The building will be ready for occupancy by September 1st.
June 7, 1912
R. A. Riddel is just completing the repainting of his home on West Buffalo Street.
W. M. Smith from Sanger, Texas, has purchased an interest in the Katy Mill & Elevator Co. and accepted a position with them as manager. He is an experienced mill and grain man and will be a valuable addition to Caddo. W. R. Bowman will retain his interest and remains with the company as secretary and treasurer.