The Caddo Herald
October 22, 1937
C. A. Hancock, Pioneer of Pioneers Has His Eightieth Birthday
Surrounded by his sons and daughters last Sunday it was a happy one for C. A. Hancock who celebrated his 80th natal day upon this earth.
Mr. Hancock first came to Caddo via Kansas from South Texas in 1868, a mere lad of 13 years, with one of the numerous cattle drives across the Indian Territory to Baxter Springs in southeast Kansas, which Emerson Hough made famous in his story of “North of 36”.
After the civil War Kansas was populated by Union soldiers who were given lands in part payment of war service. They had no cattle to feed the rich grasses to. South Texas had an abundance of cattle, and thus a north and south trade began. There was no railroad so the cattle had to be driven on foot the five or six hundred miles. Herds usually had some 3,000 head; with many cowboys to drive them, and as protection along the way.
About six months were necessary to make a one-way trip. The cattle subsisted along the way on the rich grasses, time being allowed for grazing.
It was in such a cattle train as this that Hancock came to Indian Territory. On his way back, he stopped at Caddo, and has been here ever since.
He soon entered trading and merchandising, which he continued all the years, amassed a fortune, and lost it in the same way, trading and merchandising in serving his fellow men.
Hancock has seen with his own eyes the development of the Indian Territory from a wild, untamed prairie and woods to modern civilization. He has in his lifetime seen his home town grow, then dwindle.
He was here when there was not a road, a school, a church or a lodge. He has seen all the civilizing things come to this people, and through it all he has contributed his part.
In the evening of his life, as the gathering shadows fall, he contemplates with the satisfaction of a pioneer, a life vigorously spent in helping his fellow men, his community and on the whole, his nation.
Those who were present at his home Sunday were his wife who has shared all his hardship and triumphs, his children, the fruit of this early union: Mr. and Mrs. Lee S. Hancock, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Parker, Oklahoma City; Miss Phyllis Hancock; and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Faudree, Atoka.
(Note: Mr. Hancock died two months later.)