There are often little bits of information in the locals that give hints of the lifestyle of our ancestors. One of the items today is about the Music Club. Even in its earliest days Caddo also had a Shakespeare Club, Literary Club, Perry Club, and most of the national clubs and organizations such as Masons. I don’t think our ancestors lacked the opportunity for service or entertainment. It is also interesting to note that at a time when a person could get killed on the street in a gunfight they could also sit in a crowded opera house and listen to a “finished elocutionist”.
Even the first entry about the wedding tells a story. You will note that “Miss Hardy” doesn’t even get her first name mentioned. This is often the case in early papers and can make it difficult for a present day genealogist to figure out which “Miss Hardy” the editor is talking about if there was more than one Hardy family in the area.
The “testimonial” was quite common in early papers. I’m not sure why one from N.J. would be more convincing than one from someone local, but they seemed to work. Testimonials assured you that someone was using this concoction and was happy with it. Sound familiar?
1900 was a time of great expansion. There were new buildings going up all over town. As fires ravaged the first wooden buildings, they were replaced with brick ones. The Herald was owned by J. S. Hancock and edited by A. M. Merrill at this time and they were promoters of growth and creative ideas.
I guess the last item just proves that the nature of man and the climate of competition haven’t changed much over the years.
The Caddo Herald
July 13, 1900
Raymond Lawrence and Miss Hardy were married in Caney Sunday. Raymond is a Caddo boy and his friends are glad to see him take upon himself the graver responsibilities of life. Miss Hardy is the daughter of Postmaster Hardy at Caney and is a lovely young lady. The Herald joins their many friends in wishing them happiness.
“We have sold many different cough remedies, but none has given better satisfaction than Chamberlain’s” says Mr. Charles Holzhauer, Druggist, Newark, N. J. “It is perfectly safe and can be relied upon in all cases of coughs, colds, or hoarseness. “ Sold by W. P. Wood.
Work began Monday on two bricks being built by W. T. Smith and Arnold & Attaway west of Smith’s rock building. W. P. Wood will start a building sometime this month on the lots east of his residence. Work on the new bank building was delayed a week awaiting the arrival of stone for the openings, but is progressing finely now. W. J. Moon- a large granary is finished and is in use. Other improvements are going on and more are in contemplation. Caddo is expanding in the right way.
If the stomach, liver, and bowels fail to perform their functions regularly and naturally, the blood becomes contaminate with impurities and the whole system is in consequence debilitated. HERBINE is remarkable for its efficacy in curing the ailments of summer and disorders prevalent during hot weather. Price, 50 cents. W. P. Wood.
A well pleased, delighted, and happy audience gathered Wednesday night at the opera house to hear the features of the entertainment given by the Caddo Musical Club. The crowd enjoyed the whole program, but more especially the readings of Miss Lanius, who is an elegant and finished elocutionist. Her renditions were natural and true to life both pathetic and humorous. She demonstrated that she had speaking powers possessed by few. After the entertainment the young people enjoyed a special hop, continuing into the wee hours.
H. G. , H. R. , and J. M. Williams, E. P. Lindsay, and J. W. Lathrom, living near Jackson, about thirty miles southeast of her, passed through Caddo Wednesday with five wagon loads of wheat, enroute to the Lehigh flouring mill. A good flouring mill in Caddo would get nearly all the wheat raised in a radius of thirty miles, and our town would get the trade. We have a fine belt of wheat land surrounding us and lots more of the cereal would be raised if we had a mill.
The Durant Eagle says the Durant boys won the second game of ball from our boys on June 29th. The Eagle has been imposed on. After offering $33 to our catcher to get him to throw the game, which he indignantly refused, the Durant boys saw they would lose, so on a slight pretext, they refused to play, thus forfeiting the game to Caddo. Out of courtesy and to keep their courage up, our boys purposely allowed Durant to get three scores, then Durant bolted the game. Our people had paid the expenses of the Durant boys up here and wanted to see another good game of ball, but were disappointed. We intended to not say anything about Durant’s attempt to bribe our player, but since they have misrepresented the game and Caddo, we thought it best to expose their utter lack of honesty and principle. We have an affidavit which proves the attempt at bribing.