May 4, 1917
To Join the Navy
Dudley Maytubby and Ira Smiser, both of Caddo, went to Dallas this week to enlist in the Navy of the United States.
There were several other young men who had thought seriously of going but have not taken the necessary steps.
It is not yet know whether Dudley and Ira passed the required examination. They are upstanding, high-minded young men of good families and men who will grace any employment; and The Herald congratulates them upon their patriotism.
August 3, 1917
Dudley Maytubby Drowned in Blue
With Party of Young People
Picnicking on River
Wednesday afternoon about 5 o’clock, Dudley Maytubby was drowned in Blue River at the Falls. The body was recovered in about an hour and the family home in Caddo.
The funeral services were held at the family residence yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock, interment in Caddo Cemetery.
Dudley, with a party of young people from Caddo composed of Messrs. Wm. Rowsey, Clarence McCoy, and Bud Manning, with Misses Louise Payne, Ruth Smith, Esla and Era Worthy, and Clara Woodward and another young lady, whose name we did not learn, was at the Falls enjoying a picnic party. There they were met by a party from Durant, and enjoyed the evening to the fullest. While Dudley and Clarence McCoy were out of the water, having dressed, they heard a distress cry, and leaped into the water to rescue Miss Era Worthy, who had gotten beyond her depth. In the struggle with the drowning girl Dudley was overcome it is thought, as he was never seen after he dived into the water. Clarence McCoy, with the help of several others on shore, finally succeeded in dragging Miss Worthy form the water, after which a search was made for young Maytubby, but he could not then be found.
The alarm was given and Clarence came to Caddo in a car to get assistance, while those at the River continued to search: and finding him about a half hour later, resorted to every known means to revive Dudley, but all efforts were in vain.
The young men in the party, who did prodigious things in rescue work, are bereft that their efforts availed so little; the young ladies were prostrated for some time. Neighbors, friends—all deeply sympathize with the family; all having known and liked Dudley.
Deceased was just 21; was to report for duty in the Oklahoma Cavalry the fifth; was a pleasant mannered, high-minded young man, liked universally wherever known, but the greatest tribute that could be paid him was the unusually large crowd who attended his funeral. He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Maytubby and had lived his entire life in Caddo. This death cast a pall of gloom among the young people with whom Dudley associated; cheerful laughter has given place to doleful grief; light hearts have become heavy, and amid the midsummer sunshine deep gloom enshrouds the hearts of those who love the one who is no more.
With his mourning friends, his grieved loved ones, his associates and classmates The Herald joins in offering sincere condolences in this hour of great grief.
Greater Love hath no man than this- that he would lay down his life for a friend.