The Caddo Herald
July 14, 1916
A.B. Smith Drowns
Monday afternoon about 2:30 o’clock, little A. B., the 4 year-old-son of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Smith drowned in the old Caddo Gin Co. tank near the depot. The funeral occurred from the McCoy residence Tuesday afternoon at three o’clock, conducted by Rev. A. P. Johnson.
The little fellow in company with two other small boys wandered from home, and went to the tank. A. B. as near as can be learned, started to wade in the tank and soon became helpless. His little playmates hurried back home to inform the grandparents and they rushed to the scene, some three hundred yards from the McCoy residence. Too late however to be of any aid in restoring life and the boy must have been dead a half hour by the time he was rescued.
This sad occurrence has caused a pall of sadness over the entire town. He was a bright little boy, the delight of his parent, grandparents, and other relatives. Everybody in town knew and like little A. B. Their hearts go out to the bereaved relatives in this affliction.