The Caddo Herald
January 29, 1942
D. B. Scott is a Caddo Visitor: Is Example of Cheerfulness
D. B. Scott, who lives seven miles southeast of Atoka, was in Caddo a couple of days this week, working at his trade of selling small articles.
What strikes his customers most is his cheerfulness; even though he cannot walk. He has a ready smile and a quick answer on all occasions. When 7 years of age he suffered from spinal meningitis and his legs shrunk and were ever afterward useless as a means of locomotion. He travels in a little wagon of his own invention which he propels by hand and it has pneumatic tires and is equipped with several comforts.
Scott’s father once ran a ferry over the Boggy creek north of Caney and later was toll keeper of the Willie Ward Bridge.
Scott remembers the great train robbery that occurred in 1900; when the express car was torn asunder, scattering glass hundreds of yards in each direction, some on his father’s house.
He went to school in Caney, his first teacher being a Mr. Preston.
In 1911 D. B. Scott was ordained as a Baptist preacher, and has conducted meetings in many parts of this country. He says that life is in the mind, if people but can bring themselves to know and realize it. He is 56 years of age and has always made his own living by ministering or by selling small articles’ which he carries with him on his rounds.
His life should be an example to those who are discouraged because of difficult times and his smile and good cheer make him welcome in any company.
Seeing and knowing Scott should be an inspiration to all who are apt to pity themselves because of handicaps or untoward circumstances.