I've been gathering some notes about the McCoy family. Devotie McCoy was a prominent businessman in Caddo. Ella Bilbo, a major force in civic affairs, was a McCoy. I thought you might like to see how you begin to get an overall view of a family if you look at the "locals" for an extended period of time. I also have several family and location clues here that I'm going to follow.
The Caddo Free Press
January 24, 1879
A very difficult operation- in surgery- the amputation of a toe- was performed in Caddo Wednesday by Drs. Thompson and McCoy. The toe was the property of a young man and had become so badly crushed by a barrel of water falling on it that amputation was necessary.
The Caddo Herald
February 10, 1893
D. McCoy has gone to Sherman to visit his mother.
March 17, 1899
D. McCoy is having two business houses erected, each 22x40 feet. He will also erect two business houses on the west side of Main Street, each 24x60 feet. These are to be completed before the first o April.
April 7, 1899
D. McCoy’s new building on Main Street is now up and begins to look like a substantial structure.
April 21, 1899
The best glass front in Caddo is probably that of D. McCoy’s new Buffalo street store building. One night this week one of the large plate glass windows was broken. It may have been an accident, but it emphasized the fact that Caddo is too much of a town now to be chunking rocks around it without danger of doing damage.
July 14, 1899
Mrs. A.B. McCoy is visiting in Sherman, Texas, this week.
September 15, 1899
D. McCoy, one of Caddo’s prominent merchants left home Saturday for Chicago and St. Louis where he goes to purchase goods.
September 22, 1899
Tuesday fire destroyed the house and outhouses belonging to Sam Maytubby located just north of the business part of Caddo. The house was occupied by the family of D.O. Beard and originated in the smokehouse during the absence of the family. The furniture was all saved. The residence of Dr. Hamilton adjoining was saved with difficulty. Sparks from the fire ignited the McCoy Gin, but the fire was extinguished.
October 20, 1899
P.W. McCoy of Wynnewood, is in the city this week, visiting his brothers, Devotee, and A.B. McCoy.
November 24, 1899
Alva McCoy has purchased the Wiley Stewart farm two miles east of town.
December 8, 1899
Mrs. Soulie Pate, who has held the position of cashier at D. McCoy’s store has returned to Atoka.
March 23, 1900
D. McCoy spent several days in Fort Worth this week, the guest of his brother, Dr. McCoy.
June 29, 1900
Dr. C. McCoy and his daughters, Bessie and Bertie, and son, Dee, of Ardmore have been here this week visiting friends and relatives.
July 6, 1900
The commencement exercises of the Bloomfield Academy were held Friday a wee ago. This is the leading institution of learning in the Chickasaw Nation. The graduates this year were Misses Pearl Potts, Sophia Maytubby, Lillie McCoy, Lena Melton, and Essie James.
August 24, 1900
Our young people have a delightful social hop at the McCoy Iron building Monday night in honor of Miss Pearl Folsom, of Ardmore. A good number were present and all report a good time.
October 5, 1900
Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Wade, of Fort Worth, Texas, have been in the city this week visiting the family of A. B. McCoy. Mrs. Wade is a sister of Mrs. McCoy.
November 9, 1900
Misses Myrtle R. Hardy and Belle McCoy, Dr. S. Ross and little daughter, Mary, were in Caddo Tuesday.
November 16, 1900
Mrs. A. B. McCoy, with her three little children, went to Sherman Thursday to visit relatives.
November 23, 1900
(list of fire damages)
D. McCoy, two houses, $1,500, no ins.
December 7, 1900
Dr. C. McCoy, of Ardmore, was here this week visiting the family of his daughter, Mrs. C.A. Bilbo, and his brothers, D. and A.B. McCoy.