Over the past few years I’ve collected quite a few bits and pieces of information about Caddo, her people, and her old buildings. I’m trying to put them together, and yes, my book is coming along, slowly. I hope to have it finished by the summer. Today I want to give you a few of those bits of information that I’ve noticed lately. Some are tied to previous information. Some are just random, but may be useful later. Some may be repeats that I just paid more attention to this week. Some may jog your memory and prompt you to tell me a story or send me a photo. I just wanted to share some of the things I “save” in my files. You never know when one little detail will release an avalanche of information.
1. This is from a “twenty years ago today” column in the 1923 paper- August 31, 1903- R. T. Lynch was killed last Thursday night. He was sitting in his barber shop and was smoking a cigar when the assailant shot him from the back of his shop, the shots entering his head from the side. (His murderer has never been found to this day.)
2. February 19, 1875- J.H. Veino is erecting quite a commodious hotel near the depot.
3. July 14, 1922- Notice is hereby given that the partnership heretofore existing between J. E. Terry and W. O. Beck, both of Caddo, Bryan County, state of Oklahoma, under the firm name of Terry & Beck Grocery, was dissolved on the 5th day of July, 1922 by mutual consent. W. O. Beck is hereby authorized to collect all debts to said partnership and all debt of said partnership will be paid by him. J.E. Terry, W. O. Beck
4. August 26, 1904- Let us show you what we have in the way of fine eatables. Craghead Bros.
5. August 26, 1904-Misses Francis Lyle and Daisy Ward left Tuesday to attend the old Confederate reunion at Checotah. Both young ladies were made maids of honor, an honor worthily bestowed.
6. March 20, 1874- We learn that a woman by the name of Lottie Blunt was found murdered at her residence near Gov. Harris’ on the 5th inst.
7. March 27, 1874- A man by the name of Rufus Wilson was killed near Forbis LeFlore’s last Saturday in a dispute about a debt.
8. June, 1902- A “book shower” was given to establish a public library in Caddo.
9. May 2, 1902- The dead body of a middle age woman was found near the railroad near Caddo. (No solution to this day has been had of the mystery. She was never recognized.)
10. Aug. 22, 1903- Peter Bloom’s new son weighed 10 lbs.
11. September 4, 1903- John Droke accompanied his daughter, Miss Joe, to Whitewright, Texas, where she attended Grayson College.