I'm trying to remember to put the words "Caddo, Oklahoma" into more posts so that my blog will be picked up by more search engines. Anyway, today I want you to see a new feature that will be on our Caddo website. I'm also going to post "First Facts", and later there will be a Caddo History timeline of major events. Still working on that one!
Fun Facts from Caddo's history:
- The old Bass store offered customers barrels of salted mackerel, crackers, pickles, and kraut. This was the pioneer equivalent of “fast food”.
- Israel Stone, editor of the Caddo Free Press, bemoaned the fact that Caddo was getting dull and printed this request in June of 1879: “Why don’t somebody get killed or do something to give us an item?”
- In 1876 Caddo was touted by William Hepworth Dixon as a “Zambo Village- a town tenanted by the new race of mixed bloods known to science as Zambos- the offspring of Negro bucks and Indian squaws.” This so intrigued Dutch ethnologist, Herman Fredrick Carel Ten Kate that he traveled here in 1882 to see them for himself. He wrote: “I found that not a single Zambo was present in Caddo, and that Zambos had never even dwelled there. I found only whites, blacks, and Indians, numbering 350.” At least he had some very positive things to say about Caddo in his book, Travels and Researches in Native America, 1882-1883.
- In 1900 Charles McPherren won a prize at a “measuring party” for being the tallest man there. Good thing he didn’t meet up with John M. Crunch of Wade. Mr. Crunch was called the “champion tall man of the Territory” at 7ft. 8in. tall!
- At the Caddo Corn Carnival of 1910 a premium of $1 was paid for the “best quart of home made catsup”. A Walters & Williams baby buggy went to the prettiest baby, and the owner of the best 1 to 2 year old colt was paid $7. There were hundreds of prizes awarded at this spectacular event.
- This was on the front page of the Caddo Herald on May 25, 1923: Worries the Men- Most everybody will be glad when those new fangled drapes on dresses go out of style. They look as if the women were losing something.
- Also in 1923, burglars blew up the safe at the Katy railroad depot in Caddo, but got away with only $4.30 because they overlooked a concealed wall safe containing over $500.
- In 1925 Boone & Styron advertised new spring dresses in plain crepes, painted crepes, and light-weight woolens worth $12.50 to $14.50, for the special price of $9.90.
- In 1911 you could see the “New Motion Pictures” at the Opera House in Caddo for only 10 cents. Children under 5 were free!
- Caddo’s graduating class of 1920 was hailed as a “big class” having 19 students graduating! Every class before that had had less than ten graduating seniors.