I’m constantly reading and researching topics about Caddo. This week I’ve been reading about the KKK in early Oklahoma, Mrs. McPherson- the first woman publisher in OK, an infamous murder trial, and mob violence during race riots (for more on that you can also read the August issue of the BUZZ). I’ll be writing about those topics as I complete my research. However, during my investigation there are always little quotes and bits of news about Caddo that I just can’t resist sharing. Here is today’s sampling:
The 1842 journal of Ethan Allen Hitchcock (grandson of Ethan Allen) talks about the Caddo Indians living here “without a country, and without an annuity, and are living here by sufferance of the Choctaws.”
The Caddo International News, February, 1877
“Business is lively and there is a growing hope of better times than Caddo ever knew.”
Caddo Free Press, January, 1879
“Why don’t somebody get killed or do something to give us an item? It’s getting awful dull for ye locals.”
Apparently not for some! In the same issue: “A very difficult operation in surgery- the amputation of a toe- was performed in Caddo Wednesday by Drs. Thompson and McCoy. The toe was the ‘property’ of a young man, and had become so badly crushed by a barrel of water falling on it that amputation was necessary.”
Indian Pioneer Papers
John Impson, Choctaw, born near Bokchito
“We did our trading at Caddo, and when the Indians received their large paycheck in 1895 (?) the robbers were so bad in the Caddo Hills that my father left the money which was fifteen hundred dollars with Mr. Ainsworth. In a few days he sent me horseback for it, as I was a young boy he said the robbers would not think about my having money.”
Caddo Herald, April, 1920
“The school board has received no application for positions from any teachers who will work for less than $100 per month.”
Caddo Herald, June 1921
“It is a small man indeed who can hide behind a woman’s skirt these days.”
Caddo Herald, July 1921
Ad for Moran & Meadows- “The first of the month has no terrors for the man who pays cash.”
Caddo Herald, January , 1922
“J.A. Amyett is putting in a stock of confectioneries and periodicals at the post office.”
Durant Daily Democrat, March 1922
District Court Docket
_____, burglary in second degree.
_____, child stealing.
_____, spreading infectious disease.
_____, open and notorious adultery.
_____, obtaining money under false pretense.
Durant Daily Democrat, April, 1922
Caddo News Notes- “At the home of Mrs. A. B. and I.C. McCoy on last Saturday afternoon, Mrs. Laura Carroll, superintendent of the Young People’s department, assisted by Mesdames A.B. and I.C. McCoy, L.M. Nettleton, C.A. Hancock, and Mrs. Naylor, organized a Young People’s Missionary Society with 15 members present.”
Caddo Herald, July 1939
“Free Movies every Thursday, brought to you by local merchants.”
Caddo Herald, August 1947
“Sheriff Keiresy suggests that as a matter of safety and ease of identification all cattle owners of the county should brand or mark all their cattle. He says by doing this that his force will have less trouble in the restoring of stolen cattle.”