The Caddo Herald
September 16, 1921
Only One Gin to Run in Caddo This Year
As an economic proposition the gin proprietors of Caddo have reached an agreement whereby only one gin will run this season in Caddo as it is not expected that there will be enough cotton even for one gin to run full time.
The most hopeful of men do not believe that there will be more than 800 bales ginned this year and either of the gins in Caddo gin more than that every year save this one.
The lot fell to the Mebane Gin. They have contracts out so that they are compelled to run anyway, and Wednesday the agreement was reached.
It is not thought that any delay will be experienced this season to the farmers because cotton is not coming in very fast and it is not expected to.
The Mebane is nearly new, one side having been run only a short while last year, and the other isle has been kept in good condition all along.
Another thing: it has been the custom to wait upon the farmer for the price of ginning. This year it is to be strictly cash, so when you ring your cotton to the gin you must be prepared to pay the cash when you take it away. At the very best the gins will be run at a loss so they cannot take further risk. This plan is being used everywhere in the cotton belt where crops are short- only one gin running and cash being demanded upon delivery of the cotton.
June 6, 1922
Old Landmark Going
This week the old Ainsworth gin building on Main Street is being torn away. It was almost fallen down before the work of demolition began. It means the passing of an old landmark.
It was built in 1876 by L. A. Morris and Governor Jones and was first used as a gin, the power being that of horses or mules; no steam engine was ever put in the building. The past thirty years it has been used as a hay storage barn. While the timbers are old, yet they are sound and will be used in framework for other buildings.
This was the second gin built in this part of the old Territory. The first was built by Mr. Hotchkins on the Semple place two years earlier.