You may recall from earlier posts that Teddy Roosevelt visited Caddo in 1905.
The Caddo Herald
January 10, 1919
“Teddy Roosevelt is dead.” This announcement Monday morning caused a pall of gloom to settle over many American hearts- for Teddy was a MAN. We may not have like him politically; we may not have liked his course toward President Wilson; we may have disliked his apparent egotism; but we did admire his intense Americanism, his patriotism, his generous heart and his active life and mind. Teddy was one of the most picturesque presidents America has ever had. His personality drew around him friends that nothing could shake. He possessed advance political and social ideas and was fearless in performing duty. He was one of America’s great sons and fills a large space in the history of his country.
Just a reminder:
Rough Riders from Caddo
Joseph L. Smith, Q. M. Sergeant
Charles S. Lynch, Corporal
John N. Jackson, Corporal
Charles J. Fandru (Faudree?), Corporal
Samuel Young, Chief Cook
John F. Boydstun
John W. Barlow
William S. Murphy
Charles E. McPherren
Charles E. McPherson
Walter L. Russell
Henry J. Stewart
Jesse C. Thomas
John D. Wagner
Benjamin B. Wood
November 25, 1948
Caddo Recalls Visit Teddy Roosevelt
Old-time pictures decorating windows of stores in Caddo as part of its Golden Jubilee, reveal that Theodore Roosevelt made a short speech here in April, 1905.
Two of the pictures show Roosevelt as he spoke to a large crowd from the decorated train platform. In his speech, the president dwelt on the theme that it is the great average of people that makes a nation rise or fall, not the millionaire or paupers, but the great body of farmers, tradesmen, laborers, and manufacturers.
As the president’s train stopped, he recognized his old Rough Riders in uniform, including Charles E. McPherren, and Peter Maytubby. He waved his hands and shouted, “hello comrades.” Rifles, shotguns, and six-shooters were used to give him a 21-gun salute, which he acknowledged with his wide grin.
Two trains carried the president and his party, the first running several minutes ahead of the one carrying Roosevelt, to catch the brunt of any unforeseen event.
Following his stop in Caddo, the president, who had been elected the previous November, went to Dallas where a great banquet was given in his honor.