The Caddo Herald
August 11, 1899
Mayor Hilton and Dr. Shannon, of the board of health, of Durant, came up to Caddo Monday to see how the several hundred cases of small pox were progressing here with a view of letting down the bars they had erected around the God and morality town down the road. The expense of keeping guards was evidently more than the revenue of proselyted Caddo; neighborhood farmers and the quarantine as an investment did not pay. The gentlemen expressed entire satisfaction and approved of the status of affairs, smallpoxically speaking, in Caddo and seemed to be satisfied that Caddo was not a menace to the health of their town any more. Caddo city officers were doubtless glad to have the officers of Durant satisfied with their work, but it is not improbable that they thought it would have showed a more considerate spirit and served a better purpose had the Durant authorities made a little friendly investigation before they placed a quarantine. It is not believed that the city government of Durant joins in the avowed desire of some Durant people to have “weeds grow in the middle of Caddo streets”, but they are sometimes a little hasty- the quarantine was one of the times. Caddo hopes that she will see Durant escape all kinds of disease and bad luck this summer and if Durant needs any help in any time of misfortune she need only call on this town and the resources of the municipality will be at her service.
As stated in The Herald last week, there is no small pox in Caddo. The persons who had a chance to be exposed are all still quarantined, although the period of incubation is about up, so nearly so that there is practical certainty that no other cases will develop. The family of the man who was afflicted are out of town in camp and are well. They will be kept in close quarantine until the time for appearance of the disease has elapsed. Persons who desire to come to Caddo may do so with perfect safety so far as small pox is concerned.
Last week the old log house on W. H. Bates’ place a mile from town was destroyed by fire. It had been suggested that it be made the detention camp for quarantined persons and although the idea was abandoned, some of the persons in that vicinity evidently thought the house had served its usefulness anyway.