The Caddo Herald
January 26, 1912
College Train at Caddo
A&M College Train to Stop at Caddo Next Week
Through the efforts of The Herald and Agent Doxsee of the Katy at Caddo, the Agricultural exhibit and lecture train of the A. & M. College will make a stop of two hours in Caddo at noon, next Wednesday, January 31st.
The advertising for this train came out ten days ago and we noticed that Caddo was not included in the stops; that county seat towns were included principally. The Herald wrote to J. H. Connell, president of the A. & M. College at Stillwater, stating to him that we thought if the train really wanted to reach the farmers it should make a stop at Caddo, pointing out that Caddo received 9,000 bales of cotton this season while Atoka and Coalgate (which towns were given a whole day) had received together less than one-third the cotton that Caddo had. It is simple arithmetic to figure that if Caddo received that much cotton, surely the farmers in proportion should live near Caddo. President Connell took the matter up with the railway official and the following letter has been received:
St. Louis, January 20, 1912
The Caddo Herald, Caddo, Oklahoma
President Connell of the A. & M. College has sent me your letter to him of Jan. 17th and as you will note from the attached carbon copy of my telegram of date to our Agent Caddo, I have arranged to stop our Agricultural Special at Caddo the noon hour of January 31st. I trust that the farmers in the vicinity of Caddo can be notified in time to provide an audience.
It may be that a number of your farmers will be sufficiently interested in the lectures to be willing to go to Atoka on the afternoon of Jan. 30th and attend the lectures to be held there the afternoon and evening of that date. They can then return to Caddo on our morning train in time for the lectures at that point. Of course the day and night lectures are dissimilar in character and the farmers with a great interest in the subject of agricultural education may be willing to go to the trouble of making this additional trip in order to get the benefit of the lectures at both points. You no doubt understand that we have made a special rate for distances of 30 miles to lecture point to make the transportation feature as cheap as possible.
R. W. Hockaday
(Note: Mr. Hockaday was the General Industrial and Agricultural Agent for the M.K.&T.)
Enclosed was a copy of a telegram to Mr. Doxsee announcing that the time would be reduced at Durant and Atoka so as to give an hour and a half at Caddo beginning at noon.
The purpose of these trains is to bring the things farmers and their children are taught at Stillwater. The state furnishes the lecturers and exhibits, while the railway company furnishes the trains- all gratis. The admission to the lectures is free.
School children of the fifth grade and higher are invited; the free lecture will be provided to address them upon Farm Clubs for Boys and Girls, and farm life as it is related to the child on the farm.
Special lectures will be delivered on the subject of better roads and how they should be made or can be made at a minimum cost by a representative of the Good Roads Dept. of the United States Dept. of Agriculture, Washington, D. C. and other men of experience in this work.
Farmers and producers of livestock, poultry, and other farm products will find these meetings an excellent place to exhibit their production. Such local exhibits will make the meetings more interesting and instructive.
The special train will consist of cars loaded with livestock and coaches provided for the holding of the lectures. These coaches will be specially arranged with lecture platforms and ample seating capacity to accommodate the audiences. This insures comfort even though the weather may be inclement. Do not miss the poultry show at Caddo.
Every famer, every child, every woman, should make it a point to be in Caddo at noon next Wednesday to make a visit to this train. You may never have an opportunity to go to the college, but they bring this college to you, and if you do not take advantage of it you surely can blame no one but yourself.
Many things of practical value will be shown you. It will be to the community of countless value. Don’t forget the women and children.