Please remember that I do not create the news...I just type it. Times were very different in 1904.
The Caddo Herald
September 9, 1904
The democratic executive committee which met at South McAlester last week made plans for the perfect organization of the party for the statehood campaign which is coming.
Democratic editors all over the country paid a visit to Judge Parker at Keopus this week this week. They had a good time and conveyed to the presidential candidate their willingness to support him during the campaign.
Caddo is getting lots of cotton now. It always does. We pay the price necessary to induce the farmers to come here. Bulletins are sent out from time to time showing what is being paid for the staple by local buyers and then sellers come here with the staple. They know what to expect.
The attendance at the public school is reported fairly good though all the children of the town are not in attendance. It is hoped that every child of school age will attend. It is better for the children, better for the parent, better for the town, and better for future generation if the children attend school now.
The county farmers’ union, which was organized at Durant last week, made one sad mistake in that it proposes to have a certain market day for their cotton in each town. This feature is utterly impracticable for the reason that the day chosen may be the day that the market is lowest and the farmer may be the loser. If they have a plan to store cotton and sell the bulk when the price is highest then they might work it. The Herald is interested in seeing the farmer get the highest prices for his produce and will do all he can to help him get it and it is for this reason we condemn the market day proposition. It won’t work.
It is feared by some that the loss of the Choctaw Cotton and Power Co. gin and the temporary withdrawal of the round bale people from the market owing to the receivership, will hurt the market here some. It may for yesterday and today, but there are too many local merchants who have the interest of Caddo at heart to allow it to affect our prices that we pay to the farmer, and even the prices paid here yesterday are better than those of other towns. Never fear that Caddo will cease to be a good cotton market. The price will be held up and the farmer who markets his cotton here can feel assured he will get all the staple is worth. Caddo also has plenty of gin capacity, there being two gins yet with a total of 18 stands and the round bale with three stands. Caddo will always be a good cotton market.
Caddo Public Schools
Our public schools began Monday with a total enrollment of 114 pupils. Profs. Morris and Ellison and Miss Sleight have the three higher grades and are using the Choctaw Court house while Misses Harrington and Ray have the primary departments and are teaching in the Masonic Hall. Owing to illness, Miss Harrington could not attend the first week and Misses Lyle and McArthur began in her stead.
The schools start out under favorable conditions and as long as the weather is good the teachers will experience little difficulty.
When our new school house is built there will not be this trouble about the pupils being divided; all will go to the same place and much better grades can be had.
The management of the school wishes every child of school age to attend; they have made preparations for all who are likely to attend and none should be allowed to neglect this opportunity.
G. Miller, wife and Mrs. Monroe, have just returned from the fair at St. Louis and report a pleasant trip.
Miss Minnie Russell returned to school at Sherman this week after a short three months vacation.
Joe Cobb is now in Ft. Worth taking a business course.
Geo. Caudil attended the fair in St. Louis last week.
The Methodist minister of Caddo is holding a revival meeting at this place.
Shot at by Negro Tramps
As the Katy extra freight No. 442 was pulling out of Chockie, I. T. about 4 o’clock this morning Brakeman Sanders found two negroes riding on the train. He ordered them off and one of the men shot at him, inflicting a bad powder burn in his eye. The ball missed its mark.
One of the negroes was dressed in blue overalls and the other in a corduroy suit.
The attack on Brakeman Sanders is the second made recently on the M. K. & T. brakemen in the Territory by negro tramps.
It seems that the negro is no more welcome in Oyster Bay, N.Y. than in Pana., Ill. Or Greer County, Oklahoma. A few months ago a negro preacher was ejected from a barber shop in the Long Island town. Last week when a big negro delegation went to Oyster Bay expecting to see the president, the restaurateurs refused to serve them, they were denied admission to the bathing pavilions, and in saloons drinks were served to them under protest and only because the law required it to be done. The people of Oyster Bay are said to blame Mr. Roosevelt for these negro invasions. Wouldn’t it be funny if Oyster Bay precinct should go democratic because of the race question?