I was in the museum yesterday and saw a copy of a petition signed by several residents of Caddo. It was dated 1939 and asked the Board of Trustees to repeal Ordinance 85b, "as printed in the paper". Well, you know I couldn't let that go! I had to see what people were protesting in 1939. Here is the ordinance, as printed in the Caddo Herald, July 21, 1939:
An Ordinance Amending Article Six, of Section One of Ordinance No. 85 of the Town of Caddo, Bryan County, Oklahoma and Declaring an Emergency. Be it enacted by the Board of Trustees of the Town of Caddo, Bryan County, Oklahoma:
Section 1. Buffalo street in the business district shall be kept free of all obstruction: and no car, truck, buggy, wagon, or other kind of vehicle shall be allowed to stop on said street except that cars may be parked next to the curb.
Section 2. An emergency is declared to exist by reason whereof it is necessary to preserve the peace, health and safety of the Town of Caddo, Oklahoma, that this Ordinance take effect and be in full force and effect from and after its passage, approval and publication.
Passed and approved July 13, 1939, A.W. Sims, President, Board of Trustees
Attest: Lloyd O. Manning, Clerk
Published in Caddo Herald the 21st day of July, 1939.
Kind of difficult to imagine a traffic jam in Caddo, especially one creating an emergency situation, but from old photos I understand it was common practice to park in the middle of the street because Buffalo is so wide.
Note: I'll never run out of material for this blog and I have lots more stories in my files, but I certainly want to encourage you to contact me if you are curious about anything or would like for me to look into my records and see what I can find about your family.