Caddo Herald, May 24, 1911
Another School Building Imperative
There are no citizens in the town of Caddo and the country around who have arrived at the age of forty but in looking over their past observations on the community, town, and city building, will see that in all cases the school was the greatest factor.
Well do we remember the stagnant communities, villages, and towns that sprang to a healthful permanent growth and became stars among the many high grade communities, the progressive towns, and beautiful cities, because of a revival in school work. We call to memory communities, towns and cities wholly made because of pioneer school advantages which were established and set to work when they could scarcely be called communities discounting all disadvantages such as the sparely settled section, unproductive soil, and no railroad facilities. We have also noticed communities, towns, and cities called railroad centers surrounded by their fertile farming lands and their extensive pastures laden with cattle and stock of all kinds; these with all the mercantile advantages and manufacturing improvements were far surpassed in the way of building by such with good school facilities.
Now, what is good for other communities is good for ours. While we are proud of our farming lands, the prospective mining interests, and the steps to manufacturing of our own cereals at home, there are other towns near us that have greater schools advantages. But with their State Normals and Denominational Institutions of learning, Caddo is not at any disadvantage if she will extend her public school equipment and throw open her doors to an independent Normal Institution, equal to that of Commerce, Texas, Iuka, Miss., Dixon and Huntington, Tenn., Lebanon, O., Valporazo, Ind. and many other examples that we might mention. It is not hard to have such an institution as the above mentioned with their 700 to 1000 patronage. The advantages that Caddo has far exceed that offered by those towns in the beginning. With the advantages that we have the only thing is to welcome such, showing that we are ready and willing to encourage. We have the most healthful community in the land, our town is blest with such abundance of good water, besides her excellent light plant, and steps that are being taken toward paved sidewalks. With these advantages and others that will follow, such schools as above will grow under the sound of the bells of State Institutions and Colleges. Let us rally our forces and vote a $50,000 obligation which will build the second very much needed high school building and increase the value of our property far beyond the additional amount of tax that we obligate to pay. Respectfully, U.S. Markham.