Sometimes I run across an item in the old newspapers that seems to make a perfect statement for today. This is just such a piece. I have only recently noticed the name of Mr. Carraway on the masthead of several issues during this time period. I have yet to determine if he worked for Mr. Crossett or if he owned the paper for a time. I only know that each issue where his name appears contains some sort of positive editorial about Caddo. (He later went to Texas and became a newspaper publisher in Mineola.)
The Caddo Herald
Friday, May 20, 1910
R. H. Carraway, Prop.
A Splendid Start
It seems that the people of Caddo were ripe for a suggestion for the organization of a commercial club. Since the last issue of The Herald, 52 of Caddo’s progressive citizens have signified their willingness to become members of an organization organized along the lines suggested by The Herald, or some plan that is better. Caddo MUST have an organization of this character, that is if we ever expect to do anything toward making this a bigger and better town. There is not a town in the whole country today that amounts to a fig that has not got its commercial organization. Property valuations in Caddo can be increased 100 per cent in twelve months- that is just how strong we believe in a commercial organization organized along the line suggested. That’s pretty strong we’ll admit, but we believe it. Below are the names of certain citizens who are in on the commercial club; there are many others who will join. Let’s get busy and place the membership at 100 by the time the next issue of The Herald appears. Next week we will give the names of new members that have been added and so on each week until the club membership reaches 100. Everyone should strive to attain this end. Following are the members:
W. Malone, U.S. Markham, Art Wright, R.R. Carraway, Rockwell Bros., H.T. Chiles, Jno. Schenk, Dr. Allen, M.L. Tanner, M.F. Haralson, E. K. Morris, Henry F. Bass, J.E. Bass, J.D. Freeny, H.G. Huffman, Oscar Driver, H.T. Styron, J.M. Goddard, Roy Riddles, D. McCoy, A.F. Manning, W.L. Cooper, J.H. Franks, G. S. Cobb, Ed Payne, J.H. Cossart, P.W. Howe, Chas. C. Semple, Dr. L. Nettleton, J.A. Moore, J.H. McCalman, H. W. Wells, D.O. Nail, H.M. Dunlap, H. Edwards, W.T. Smith, W. J. Moon, J.K. Bass, Mrs. Mattie Bloom, A.B. Rutherford, W.W. Boon, W.E. Thedin, Jno. M. Hall, F.P. Semple, Jno. Schwartz, Amos K. Bass, Ben Siegel, Lake Brewer, W.F. Dodd, Ben F. Payne, A.E. Richey, D.B. Williams.
*Don’t forget to boost a little for Caddo when you are visiting in other towns.
*Things are looking exceedingly good around Caddo just now. The splendid rains of the week, the enthusiasm with which our people are taking hold of the proposition to organize a commercial club and numerous other things doing the work.
*Caddo’s star is on the ascendancy. The prospects are bright for the future. Our people are coming alive to the fact that we have got to get out and hustle if we want Caddo to keep up with the cadence of the state in the march of progress. Watch Caddo grow during the next twelve months.
Remember, The Herald will give a year’s subscription to every member of the Commercial Club if there is a vacant house, residence, or business in Caddo twelve months from this date. If you have not joined the Commercial Club, send in your name at once. If you can’t jar yourself loose from the $2 per month at least be good enough to give the club your MORAL SUPPORT. Do not stand around the street corners and cuss the fellows who are trying to ADVANCE YOUR INTERSTS BY MAKING CADDO A BIGGER AND BETTER TOWN.