When I was growing up Caddo had three grocery stores, and a variety store, a shoe store, a drug store, and a theater. There were also gas stations and a lumber yard and other stores that “didn’t concern me”, but I’m sure were here. The most important places to the community were those grocery stores. Not only could my mother get what she needed without leaving town, or even driving, but the presence of three stores meant some healthy competition and variety. One had the best produce, one had the best meat, and one had the best prices on staples.
At one time in the late twenties, according to the ads in the Herald, Caddo actually had at least six grocers: Hancock, Meadows, Droke, Bass, Barber, and Phillips. And we can’t be sure that some of the variety and drug stores weren’t also offering a few food items as well.
Grocers in the early years emphasized “fresh, clean” groceries. They also offered home delivery for convenience. Imagine calling the store with your list! "Bring me….and put it on my bill." (Groceries were usually paid out at the end of the month.)
These ads are from 1931.