I ran across this interesting item yesterday. I would assume from the recorded history of the Methodist Church, which mentions three buildings (1873, 1901, and 1966), that this structure was never built. I will keep my eyes open for further references to it.
The Caddo Herald
June 20, 1913
New Methodist Church
The building committee of the Methodist Church met Wednesday night and adopted final plans for the new church to be erected by their congregation.
As planned, the church will be built of brick and cement, its extreme dimensions 50x70 feet with basement, six classrooms, and a large main auditorium. It will be fitted with every modern convenience and will be a church of which the whole town will be proud.
The estimated cost is $10,000. The plans provide for a dome, for metal tile roof, hot air heat, splendid lighting, and ventilation.
The basement will be fitted so that entertainments, Sunday School classes and many other exercises my be held in it.
The exact details will not be known until the plans are completely worked out, but enough is known that the new church will be a credit to Caddo and one that will serve the church for years to come. The extreme seating capacity will be close to 1,000 when all rooms are thrown open so that the building will accommodate possibly the largest crowed that can be assembled in Caddo.
This was the same summer that the Christian Church was dedicated.
July 25, 1913
Christian Church Dedicated
Last Sunday at 10:30 a.m. a large crowd assembled at the new building of the Christian church to hear the Dedication services. The treasurer of the board of trustees reported that $4,000 would have to be raised in order to be dedicated free of debt and Bro. Geo. L. Snively of Lewistown, Ill. , who was in charge, proceeded to call for pledges on a five year basis and the ball was started rolling by the president of Loyal Women’s Bible Class, pledging for her class $800 to be paid in annual payments covering a period of five years, and following that several others pledged individually $500, $250 and on down to as low at $10- raising in all $5,700.00.
In the afternoon a Union Memorial service was held and the struggles of the church in Caddo as experienced by all the members present was related. The Presbyterians were ably represented by S. W. Maytubby, who made a nice talk, outlining the struggles of the churches in Caddo as he had seen them for many years past.
All ate of the basket dinner spread on the Manning lawn and rejoiced together over the success of the day.
At the services at night the building was dedicated to be used for the house of God, where all people could assemble and worship together and carry into effect the Lord’s prayer for Christian union.