I recently purchased a copy of The Bokchito News, 1904-1906, abstracted by Rozell Sangster Thomas. It has lots of Caddo news and I’ve been slowly finding bits and pieces of information for my files. There are some Caddo obits so I thought I would include a few this morning.
August 31, 1905
A Good Man Dead
Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock at his home on Main Street, after a two-day serious illness, Archibald M. Russell died. Deceased was nearly sixty-six years old, having been born October 17, 1839 in North Carolina. He gave four of the best years of his life to the Confederate cause and was a gallant soldier. He served with General Cooper in the Indian Territory toward the close. The funeral occurred Wednesday morning at 10:30 o’clock a the Caddo Cemetery, conducted by Caddo Lodge #3A.F.& A.M. there was a large gathering of the friends of the deceased who paid the last respects to the remains of this good old man. Caddo Herald
November 23, 1905
Charles E. Pitts was arrested Sunday afternoon and placed in jail at Atoka, charged with killing a man near Caney. He was arrested half way between the two towns. The remains of the man who was killed was almost cremated, only one arm being found in the ashes on the fire into which the body had been thrown on the Pitts farm.
December 21, 1905
The sudden news of the death of Mrs. R.A. McAleer, age 26, and wife of F.A. McAleer, the most prominent druggist of the city, last Saturday morning at 1:30 o’clock, was a shock to the whole community that was received with deep sympathy for the husband and three little children. One child is only six months old and very feeble. Mrs. McAleer is the daughter of L.M. Byrd, of Self, Texas, and came here from Caddo only a short time ago. She had suffered with slow consumption for six years, which finally caused her death. The funeral services were held at 3:30 pm at the Methodist Church last Sunday, to which a great many friends were in attendance. After the services the internment took place at the city cemetery and everybody accompanied the deceased to her last resting place.
June 14, 1906
Death breathed its icy breath upon the home of F.A. McAleer Tuesday the 12th at 6:20 am and again Wednesday 13th at 9am. The first taken away was Myrtle Louise, age 3 years 9 months and 5 days. The next was Arilda Cleo, age 6 months, 27 days. They had been sick a very short time with whooping cough. Thrice has death entered the home of Mr. McAleer in six months. We sincerely sympathize with the bereaved ones. (This left Mr. McAleer with one son.)