These local items are my favorite source for information. When viewed separately they might seem like meaningless trivia, but when read over time and compiled into data bases they often reveal patterns of behavior and relationships between families that I can’t find elsewhere. Through the “magic” of computers I can use my search feature and do this:
March 3, 1899
Mrs. T.D. Tarpley is temporarily filling the position of Miss Shannon at Mrs. Lynch’s Millinery store. Miss Shannon is in Dallas purchasing a spring stock of millinery for the establishment. Mrs. M. Lynch, who has been ill for several weeks, is, we are glad to learn, improving and will probably soon be able to resume her regular business relations at her popular millinery store.
March 17, 1899
R.T. Lynch has erected a business house on Buffalo Street adjoining Smith & Swinney’s Drug store which he has partitioned into offices that will be occupied by Attorney Rappolee and Drs. Bryan and Rappolee.
Mrs. M. Lynch, who has been in bad health for some time, left Wednesday to visit her father who resides in Caddo Mills, Texas. She was accompanied by her attending physician Dr. T. B. Bryan.
April 7, 1899
R.T. Lynch has a good gasoline stove for sale.
April 14, 1899
R.T. Lynch was in Denison Monday on business.
The health of Mrs. R. T. Lynch is improving rapidly and she will return form her Texas sojourn soon.
April 28, 1899
Chick Lynch, from Derr, North Carolina, is visiting his brother, R. T. Lynch.
August 11, 1899
R. T. Lynch has fixed up his barbershop with new paper and carpet until it looks like a parlor.
August 25, 1899
Miss Maggie Cooper, of Greenville, is in the city, the guest of her relative, Mrs. R. T. Lynch.
September 1, 1899
R.T. Lynch has established in his barber shop a set of gasoline gas lights which are a vast improvement over the oil lamps formerly in use, as well as much cheaper.
October 13, 1899
John M. Sherrill, of Caddo Mills, Texas, who has been visiting relatives, Mr. Cooper and Mrs. Lynch, returned home Monday.
January 5, 1900
Joseph Heydler, the popular baker, has moved into the wooden building on Buffalo street formerly occupied by R. T. Lynch and the Courier. The location is a good one and the stock and service is nice and complete.
April 13, 1900
Miss Elinora Cooper, from Caddo Mills, Texas, has accepted a position with Mrs. Lynch in the millinery department of Ben Siegel.
April 27, 1900
Mayhew news: Bill Jack, Dr. Lynch, and Sam Heath, of Caddo, were in town last week. Dr. Lynch is going to locate here.
May 11, 1900
Mayhew news: Mr. Tucker and Mr. John Carter have had two very sick children this week. They have been under the care of Dr. Lynch who succeeded in bringing them around all right.
May 18, 1900
Fire damage list: R. T. Lynch, damage to furniture in moving, loss $75, fully covered
June 8, 1900
W. H. Masterson, W. J. Moon, Jim Savage, R. T. Lynch, and several others were in Durant Sunday.
June 22, 1900
Bennington news: Dr. Charles Lynch, of Mayhew, was in our town a few days ago.
July 6, 1900
Mrs. R. T. Lynch left Tuesday for Caddo Mills, Texas, where she will visit relatives and friends.
Our hearty barber, R. T. Lynch, last week thought he lost his fine cow. He hunted all over the neighborhood several days for her, but no trace could he find. Saturday he had occasion to go to his barn and there he found the cow, she having gone there and was locked in.
July 27, 1900
Miss Modine De La Bullion, of St. Louis, arrived in the city this week and has accepted a position in the dressmaking parlors of Mrs. Lynch.
A.C. Joyce has completed a sidewalk around two sides of his residence lot. It is six feet wide and 300 feet long- the longest belonging to any lot in town- is made of brick and sand. Mr. Joyce will fence the walk to protect it. The town should make two street crossings in that neighborhood; one from Capt. Lyle’s to Joyce’s and one from Joyce’s to Lynch’s. Barring the mud at these corners the walks on this hill good. Other walks and crossings are needed.
September 7, 1900
Mrs. R.T. Lynch, who has been in St. Louis purchasing millinery goods, returned on the Katy Flyer Thursday.
September 14, 1900
Miss Gracie Cooper, of Caddo Mills, Texas, came in on the #2 Tuesday to visit her sister, Mrs. R. T. Lynch.
October 19, 1900
Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Lynch, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Smith, and Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Burch, visited the Dallas fair Sunday.
December 7, 1900
Miss Gracie Cooper, of Caddo Mills, Texas, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. R. T. Lynch, for several months, returned home Saturday.
The Caddo Herald
June 5, 1903
The public are hereby warned not to buy any of Mrs. Mattie Lynch’s property from R.T. Lynch, or pay to him any amount you may owe her. I am the only one that has authority to sell or collect for Mrs. Lynch. C.L. Cooper
The Wapanucka Press, August 27, 1903
Caddo: While sitting in his shop playing with a big dog, R. T. Lynch, a barber well known in Texas and here, was shot from behind with a shotgun, eight shot taking effect in his head, killing him instantly. No one was in the shop at the time, but a number of people were in front, and barely escaped part of the lead. The person approached from the alley and coming to the rear of the shop, fired through the screen door with two loads of buckshot. Seven took effect in a store directly across the street. No clue can be obtained as to who committed the deed. Lynch was about 30 years of age and married. He has lived in Caddo Mills, Texas, but originally came from Chronicle, North Carolina.
The Caddo Herald
Friday, October 18, 1901
Thedin’s for fruits.
Thedin’s for candies.
Dr. N. Miller, Dentist.
Corn for sale at Bass’.
Call No. 45 for printing.
It pays to buy at Levine’s.
Oak Rockers, $1.50 at Lamb’s.
Ira Smith went to Dallas last Friday.
Chattel Mortgages at The Herald office.
Amos K. Bass was a Dallas visitor Sunday.
Ed Hamer went down to the fair Sunday.
Fresh fruits and candies at the tent confectionery.
Mrs. Ed Hamer is visiting for a month In Lone Oak, Tex.
L. C. LeFlore and Dr. Green went to Durant Wednesday.
Miss Minta Lanius is the guest of Miss Myrtle Farrington.
John Allen visited homefolks at Leonard, Texas, Saturday.
J. F. Lamb has the finest line of guns and ammunition in town.
Hats and dress trimmings of all descriptions at Mrs. Lynch’s.
VICTOR- The best patent flour made, at Droke’s.
A.P. Johnson sold nineteen bales of lint cotton in Caddo Monday and got $7,87, 1-2 per hundred for it.
Mrs. Dr. R. L. Bradley from Roswell, N. M. is visiting her aunt, Mrs. C. E. McPherren this week.
See Mrs. Lynch and have your dress made to order. Tailor made suits a specialty. Work guaranteed.
C. A. Hancock has the largest stock of shoes ever brought to the city. He keeps the celebrated Clover brand.
Miss Santa Wright of Seymour, Tex. has organized a class in elocution in Caddo. She is a very fine teacher.
E. W. Corley has returned from St. Louis where he bought an elegant fall stock for his firm Monroe & Corley.
High patent flour guaranteed at $1.85 at Bass’.
See Mrs. Jamison for fine work. A trial is all we ask. She is well posted on the latest city styles. Mrs. Lynch.
For the best, freshest and cheapest groceries go to Bass, the grocer.
Best roof paint, Red or Black, 65c. Boiled linseed oil 75c. Best white lead 7c. Pure mixed paints $1.35 at Lamb’s.
Twelve pounds green coffee for a dollar. Bass the grocer.
Mrs. Jasper Freeney, who has been visiting her parents at Caddo Mills, Texas, has returned home.
Buy your bran in 1000 pound lots and save 10 per cent. Bass, the grocer.
Allison W. Cooper, a prominent stock man of Clifton, Texas, is spending some time with his cousin, Amos K. Bass.
Genuine Rogers silverware given with cash purchases at Droke’s.
The editor attended the Dallas Fair last Friday. It was about the same as the last two years, but Dallas is worth a visit any time.
Thedin’s confectionery is the place to get fresh fruits, candies and confectioneries. You will find him at the tent confectionery.
Mrs. Jamison, the dressmaker from Dallas, is doing fine work at Mrs. Lynch’s. Call and have your fall work done to order.
J. L. Branch paid his subscription two years ahead this week. He’s the kind of subscriber to have. May his kind increase in numbers.
Rev. Forrest Maddox closed his meeting at Caney last Monday night. He reports some eight or ten conversions. The people there like him very much.
Parties who require the services of an oculist should not forget the date of Dr. Street’s visit. He will be in Caddo and may be consulted at Wood’s Drug store Thursday and Friday, the 24th and 25th.
Mesdames A. C. Joyce, and C. A. Bilbo attended the Dallas Fair last Friday and Saturday. Mrs. Bilbo visited relatives in Sherman Saturday eve and Sunday.
What is the use in employing someone to do your dyeing for you? If you used Putnam Fadeless Dyes you can do it just as well as a professional. Sold by W. P. Wood.
T. E. Mathis was here from Caney Saturday. He is in the hotel business there and has an adv. in this issue. People wising to board there get the best at least prices.
R. T. Lynch is making a 20 foot addition to the dress making parlors of Mrs. Lynch on Buffalo street. This will give the establishment more commodious quarters.