The Caddo Herald
May 3, 1912
Caddo Merchants Close at Seven
Under the efforts of the ladies of the Civic Club the merchants of Caddo have agreed to close their places of business at 7 o’clock each evening except Saturdays during the summer. The agreement went into effect May 1st and a penalty attaches to each violator in the sum of $2 forfeit to the Civic Club for each offense.
This early closing proposition is a good one and will work no hardship on anyone. It will give the merchants, their clerks, and deliverymen a chance to get needed recreation, and life all round will be more pleasant for all concerned. There is no good reason why the merchant should keep open his place of business fifteen hours a day when he can do all the business of the community in half that time. The stores in the city have adopted that policy and it works a hardship on no one.
Sometimes the trading public is not thoughtful enough of the comfort and well being of the shopkeepers. A little thought devoted to the subject will convince one that it is unreasonable to expect the merchant or the clerk to be ready for every little whim of the trading public. You can so arrange your shopping hours that it will work no inconvenience to you. Naturally the merchants like to accommodate their customers; but sometimes the customer should give a little thought to the convenience of the stores. These men have families and they like to be with them some times and they are in need of a little fun the same as other humans.
Try to adjust yourself to the new trading hours and you will find no inconvenience whatever in the shorter days.
A plan also is being worked out whereby the grocerymen will have certain delivery hours. As at present sometimes an order for five cents worth of groceries is often asked to be delivered at all kinds of unseemly hours. Small orders come at all times and it keeps the poor horses on the run all day long. Under the proposed system certain delivery hours will be had. Orders after that hour will be delivered the next morning and on one trip perhaps fifty orders might be delivered. It will work no hardship on the housewives and it will work a great saving to the grocerymen.
I have a few requests for myself and others. If you have any of these items and are willing to share them please email me. If you have a digital camera, even a good “photo of a photo” is often useable.
1. Photos of the Royal Hotel- especially interior shots.
2. A copy of the 1926 or 1927 yearbook.
3. Stories about the Dark Moon Society.
4. Photos of houses in Caddo- 1930 vintage.
5. Photos of the Christian Church.