Mr. Crossett, The Caddo Herald’s editor, was fond of gently chastising the citizens of Caddo about their responsibilities as residents of a small town. His paper is filled with lengthy editorials about making improvements, shopping at home, building roads, and just being good neighbors. He also frequently put little “fillers” in between news items. One minute you were casually reading about Mr. Jones’s trip to Durant, and the next moment Mr. Crossett was telling you how to spend your money wisely. He was a crafty man!
The Caddo Herald
February 17, 1933
Every community has within itself the elements that make for its success if they are properly exploited and the benefits allowed to accrue toward upbuilding and enrichment of the community. If all the money earned in town and country were re-invested in the community there would be plenty to finance every project of a local nature. The practice of sending money out of town to enrich big cities and develop industry at another place, oil fields and the like, is what’s the matter with a lot of good towns that once were. This sending money away has killed small towns and built up big cities and nobody really has benefited.
Same issue, in another place:
Of course you are proud of your home town and say many nice things about her to strangers, which is proper and no more than could be expected of you. But did you ever stop to think whether or not the town should be proud of you? What nice things can be said about you and your relation to your town? What part do you have in making your town one to be proud of? Everyone can and should have a part in making his town a better town and one that all can be proud to call their home.