March 24, 1922
After 26 years of business in Caddo I have sold my interest in the store of Siegel and Damie to M. Abramson.
I want to thank every man, woman, and child in Caddo and vicinity for their treatment of me during that time. I feel as if I am parting from an old home in leaving this business, but I feel sure I am leaving an old home, and have not yet decided what I shall do, but in any case you may be sure that Caddo and her people will always have a warm spot in my heart. Caddo is a good town; it has a good and noble people who are loyal and true.
I speak for my successors your kindest treatment. You will find them to be gentlemen who will treat you right and be ever ready to serve you. Ben Siegel.
March 31, 1922
Old Timer Sells Out
When Ben Siegel sold out his interest in the store last week the last pioneer merchant of Caddo went out of business.
Ben Siegel came here twenty-six years ago, and opened a small stock of goods. By diligence and saving and hard work he, from year, gradually acquired a competence, then became still better-fixed, until at this time he is rated as well-to-do.
He is not leaving Caddo because he dislikes the place. It is home to him; it was here he had his early struggles; it was here his children were born and it is here that success came to him. He will go away because the health of one child demands that he go.
There is a lesson that every young man can learn with profit in the life of Ben Siegel. Success was no accident to him. He came with absolutely nothing. He worked hard and he spent little until he acquired a competence; then he was able to give his family more comforts and more advantages. But he waited and worked and saved. Any other man applying the same thrift, the same energy, the same care can do the same. He did not spend his time attending other people’s business; he attended to his own- and it prospered. He did not cuss the government but worked hard and saved. He spent his time at work and equipping himself for every day struggles – and he succeeded.
Ben does not know just when he will leave Caddo, but he is always glad to see Caddo people. He is human and always will love the community. He will go away with regret.
He was a good citizen. He was a part of the business life of Caddo; he always behaved himself becomingly, and he was never in the courts.
May 12, 1922
Going Away Party
Friday afternoon Mrs. Ben Siegel entertained a number of friends at her home. Twenty guests were present, symbolizing her twenty years stay in Caddo. The home was beautifully and tastefully decorated with roses and lilies. Upon entering the guests each were greeted by Mrs. Siegel, Mrs. A. F. Manning and Mrs. R. H. Carraway, each depositing a rosebud with a card on which sentiments of friendship were written.
Delicious punch was served.
Four games of progressive bridge were played. Mrs. J.H. Cossart, for making the high score, was awarded a beautiful corsage bouquet. The consolation prize went to Mrs. Manning.
Dainty refreshments were served, the favors being miniature bouquets.
After twenty years residence here Mrs. Siegel leaves this week to make her home in St. Louise. During her residence her she has made many warm friends who will wish her happiness in her new home.
Those present were: Mesdames C.A. Bilbo, C.A. Hancock, J.H. Cossart, R.H. Carraway, A.F. Manning, M.F. Robinson, J.M. Goddard, H.F. Bass, J.D. Maytubby, H. Edwards, C.D. Dale, J.E. Bass, F.P. Semple, Ed. F. Brown, Roy Riddels, H.T.Styron, J.L. Boland, Vivia Locke, and H.T. Chiles.