This sounds like a typical election day- the polls were open, but nobody voted. Or I should be fair and say very few voted. I’m not certain of Caddo’s population in 1899, but I assure you it was well over 183. Of course the “six months rule”, which I assume had something to do with residence, apparently barred a large number of people from voting.
Unfortunately the only person on the list that I have a photo of is Peter Bloom.
The Caddo Herald
April 7, 1899
Caddo’s second municipal election “has been”. There were no tickets nominated and all the names were on the same ballot- nonpartisan. There were three entries in the race for mayor, four for recorder, three for marshal, and ten for alderman, of which latter five were to be chosen.
There were no issues presented for consideration of the voters and the candidates were all popular men.
A total of 183 votes were polled and there were a number of voters out of town, not to mention the large number of citizens of the town who have no vote under the six months rule, which was observed. The contest was interesting and apparently close. A statement of the elected officers is given:
Mayor: C. A. Manning
Recorder: E. G. Lloyd
Marshal: J. N. Jackson
Alderman: L. C. LeFlore, A. M. Russell, Wm. Richey, W. H. Markham, Peter Bloom