The Caddo Herald
1919- Several July issues had this ad. It is huge and did not copy well so I just retyped the information:
Big Caddo Picnic
August 21, 22, 23
To the people of Caddo and Vicinity: I have secured the old Caddo Corn Carnival grounds from the directors and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 21, 22, and 23 am going to put on a
Home Coming Reunion
For 3 days. For 3 days there is going to be a grand jubilee in Caddo, and this is an invitation to you to notify your friends to be here.
Amusements of all kinds. Three days cattle roping. Grounds are now being put in shape and no expense will be spared to make it an even that will go down in history.
I have been assured of the support of all the business men of Caddo and if you have ever been to anything that was endorsed by these men you will have no fear of the results.
So make your arrangement to come bring your Grandma and Grandpa, for the music we are going to have will make them feel young again and there will be plenty of room for them all to dance.
Don’t forget the date and don’t forget to tell your friend in Texas or any other state for this is going to be worth coming miles to see.
For any other information phone, write or come to see me.
August 8, 1919
Picnic Preparations are About Complete
The big picnic to be given in Caddo August 21-23 will be one of the best of its kind in this part of the state. Manger Boxley has taken hold of the matter and is spending lots of money to get the grounds in shape. The park fence is repaired. The grandstand is put up so that there will be plenty of seating room. The baseball grounds are cleaned so that we will have one f the best diamonds around here.
The picnic grounds proper to which no admission is charged is also being cleaned off; the seats collected an arranged so that the people will not stand up all the time. A new floor will be put on the pavilion where the dances are to be held and this promises to be one of the most enjoyable parts of the picnic.
There will be baseball games and roping contests in the afternoons to which admission will be charged; but the remainder of the grounds will be free and everyone is cordially invited to come and stay the entire three days.
Just tell ‘em to meet you at the Carnival grounds in Caddo August 21, 22, 23. That’s all.
August 15, 1919
Barbecue in Plenty- Free Ice Water
Arrangements for the Big Home Coming Picnic and Celebration for Caddo next week are complete. Besides the regular picnic features such as shows, drink stand, curiosity shops, fortune tellers, etc. there will be the big steam swing where old and young enjoy themselves.
The Madill Brass Band will give concerts free at stated times. At night they will furnish music for the big dance, where you can dance all you want.
Mr. Boxley has arranged to barbecue ten or fifteen beeves- all that will be necessary to furnish meat for all who want it. Of course this will be sold, but at such reasonable prices you will be glad you came.
Notwithstanding the ice famine (there was a problem at the Durant ice plant), there will be plenty of free ice water and the stands will have plenty of ice.
The Carnival ground will have plenty of shade. There will be parking space for cars on the grounds and plenty of shade for teams, wagons, and buggies outside.
A good baseball game is promised for every day. Caddo’s team has not yet been defeated and they want to keep up their record.
The big feature of the picnic to some is the Roping Contest. This promises to be something highly exciting and attractive.
August 22, 1919
Large Crowds Here for Picnic Reunion
The big Caddo Picnic began at the Carnival grounds yesterday with a large attendance. Everything was ready so that no delays were experienced.
The Madill brass band is furnishing good music each day and night. There is plenty of good shade and water.
Baseball each afternoon, 2:00. Caddo vs. Atoka
Gus Massey and his band of 50 cowboys are here for the Hippo Stampede and roping contest. 37 entries the first day. Contest starts each day at 5:30.
Plenty of other shows and entertainments on the grounds all the time.
Caddo merchants have offered $150 in 30 prizes for the best corn raised in this trade territory, so there is some fine corn on display at the grounds.
Picnic closes Saturday night.
August 29, 1919
Rain Ruins Reunion- Picnic Postponed
The floods descended and the rains came last Friday and Trudy so that the remainder of the picnic had to be postponed.
One day of the picnic was had-Thursday. Quite a large crowd was present and they seemed to enjoy the entertainment prepared for them.
Mr. Boxley, the manager, had made good every promise in the way of entertainment and besides this the citizens of Caddo made up $150 to pay for the best corn exhibits. Some sixty samples of corn were shown and every prize paid, though not many people go to view them because of the rain.
It was one of those slow continuous rains that came. All day Friday it fell and Saturday renewed its effort to saturate the black earth. Mud, mud, mud was the result.
Mr. Boxley announces that the picnic is postponed until last week in September, due announcement of which will be made in time.
Prizes Awarded at the Corn Show
With T. S. Waddle, county Farm Demonstrator of Atoka County acting as judge of the exhibits, the following awards were made to exhibitors:
C. L. Meadows $25
J. L. Meadows $15
M. F. Flowers $10
W. T. Barker $5
J. H. Copeland $5
J. B. Lily $2
R. F. Jones $2
Calley F. Jones $2
F. P. Timberlake $2
Lem Lassiter $2
W. L. Robertson $1
Joel Allen $1
B. B. Marshall $1
Will Driver $1
T. F. Tyre $1
A. Y. Turner $1
J. E. Weddle $1
R. L. Dicus $1
J. A. Fitzer $25
W. Shears $15
C. W. Banta $10
E. F. Lafferty $5
A. L. Stonebarger $5
W. H. Argo $2
Other Slack $2
L. W. Trimmer $2
Roy Rogers $2
G. W. Maricle $2
J. E. Weddle $1
Only eleven exhibits were entered in the bottom land class.
All samples were judged by number, thus making complete fairness to all. All checks are made out and signed. Any winner can get his money from V. J. Booth at the Mebane Gin office at any time.
All samples will be held for use in making an exhibit for Caddo at the Bryan County Fair early next month. V. J. Booth, manager; H. T. Chiles, A. F. Manning, J. W. Crutchfield, Committee.
Yes, I will follow up later with the article about the postponed show.