I'm going to post a little series of articles about the roads in Bryan County. This is the beginning of a fight between Caddo and Durant, and ultimately between Oklahoma and Arkansas. Pay attention to the key players, especially Mr. Dodd.
The Caddo Herald
December 12, 1913
Caddo Organizes for Good Roads
One of the most enthusiastic and effective meetings was held in Caddo Tuesday night for the purpose of organizing a Good Road Association in Caddo, and to devise means and plans wherewith to build the roads.
The Caddo Good Roads Association was organized by electing W. F. Dodd chairman and H. T. Chiles secretary-treasurer. Every man present was enrolled as a member and before the meeting adjourned nearly $200 had been subscribed as preliminary work.
The chair was authorized to appoint several committees as follows: Executive Committee to have immediate charge of all work:-W. F. Dodd, J. W. Crutchfield and H. T. Chiles.
Membership committee-H. Elchenberger, H. F. Bass, J. W. Crutchfield.
Finance Committee- P. W. Howe, D. B. Williams, H. T. Chiles, W. F. Dodd, Lake Brewer, Amos K. Bass, and G. A. Crossett.
The purpose of the Caddo Good Roads Association is to assist in building and keeping in repair all the roads leading into Caddo from every direction. They will work in conjunction with the several road overseers, and will lend whatever assistance in their power toward getting the roads and keeping them in repair. It is the ultimate purpose of the Association to have a system of building and repairing roads so that many of the bad roads we have experienced in the past fall will be eliminated. It is designed to look after necessary repairs at all times.
Another work that the Association will have charge of is the road from Caddo to Blue and from Caddo to Kenefick, to the end that the National Highway may come through Caddo. This road will be built along this route and the preliminary road will be made in such shape, when the inspectors come to test there will be little doubt as to its being officially adopted by the National Highway Association.
Membership in this Association is free and the work will be carried on by voluntary subscription and the regular township funds. Every man in this part of the county and of the southern part of Atoka County should become a member. When the membership committee calls on you be sure and put your name down.