I can't remember if I've ever posted this before, but recently some of you asked me if Caddo has two cemeteries. Here is the answer: yes and no. There are two, but they adjoin each other so I suppose the only difference between them is in bookkeeping. The original Caddo City Cemetery was opened about 1872. The land was donated for human burial purposes by a rancher who owned land adjoining the Indian allotment of Mrs. Ella Bilbo, originator of the Gethsemane Cemetery. The Caddo Civic and Cemetery Club was organized in 1903 for the purpose of owning and operating the Gethsemane Cemetery. The cemetery has expanded over the years and blended with the older one.
Burials in the City Cemetery, for which information is known, are listed below. Many, many other interments are lost to time for want of identifiable headstones. The same is true of the Gethsemane cemetery. Fires, vandalism, weather, and age have damaged or destroyed some of the older headstones and wooden markers. (You may view some of the existing headstones on Find A Grave.)
From the Bryan County Historical Society records:
Hail, Major, 7/01/1886-12/28/1096 “Our brother”
two stones- no data
four wooden posts- no data
wooden monument- no data
Ballard, Lucy Estell, wooden monument, no data
Cole, Tanner- “Grandad”
Cole, Sarah- “Grandmother”
Boatman, Carl Vernon- “Brother”
Boatman, Laurance “Sister”
Boatman, Joseph William- “Papa”
stone, but no name
Boatman, Billy F.
Boatman, Dora Stella-3/26/1881-8/13/1947- “Mama”
Bowen, A. W.-3/16/1912-3/27/1912, dau./ A. A.
Rowell, Melvurdie F.-10/01/1883-12/19/1912, wife/W.H. (Francis)
Horton, Viola- 4/29/1887-1/20/1919, wife/J.M.
Miller, Inamay- 10/01/1902-10/23/1902, dau/ G. & L.
Miers, infant- 8/18/1914-9/4/1914, inf./A.L.
Miers, infant- b. and d. 9/5/1911, inf./A.L.
Miers, A.L. 1870-1931
Whisenhunt, G. L.- 2/04/1863-8/27/1905
Ellis, William George Robert- 10/01/1912-1/17/1913, son/W.W. & K.I.
Potter, Govenor- 9/01/1912-5/29/1918
wire fence enclosure, no monuments
Lame, Theodore P. 1/02/1878-3/29/1966, M: 1898
Lame, Wilma Etta Gilbreath- 10/06/1880-12/24/1965
Lame, Ardeana- 6/04/1912-9/30/1913
Lame, Daniel W.- 4/05/1910-5/14/1911, son, T.P. & W. E.
Lame, Willie Lester-11/10/1902-7/20/1909, son, T.P. & W.E.
Privette, Pvt. Lee- died 1890
several other Privette family members are buried here also, in unmarked graves
rock fence, large cedar growing inside, N. end of cemetery
two concrete slabs with no names, N. end of cemetery
Floyd, Hattie- 2/26/1871-4/01/1904, W./Mills/South
CDs on stone, is probably a footstone
These names are taken from the Caddo Star Newspaper:
Cox, Charlotte, 2 year old daughter of Hugh, died Nov. 14, 1874
Mr. Greer died Dec. 28, 1874 and is believed to be the first adult to die from sickness at Caddo.
Lunney, B. M.- 24 years, died Feb. 7, 1876. Canadian by birth.
In metal fence in southeast corner:
Childers, Vernon, 1924-1941
Childers, Thelma, 1904-1939
Watson, William David, 1850-1920