The internet is a marvelous tool for research, especially now that so many old newspapers are available online. While keeping in mind that newspapers did sometimes make mistakes-names, dates, facts- they are still a great resource and often even the smallest bit of information or the date of an article will lead me to much more. I recently joined a newspaper service that includes newspapers from all over the country and I am adding more Caddo items to my files. I’m posting some here today with the understanding that if something was important enough to be noticed by a newspaper outside of Caddo, then I will certainly go back and check the Caddo Herald for more details. Some of these already tie to articles I have from the Herald, but provide a few more names or facts.
One amusing note: one of the first news stories I looked up on the new site was the execution of Elias Loring. You may recall that it never took place, and that Elias was saved by a literal “last minute” stay of execution from the governor. But because of impending severe weather and frightened reporters Eastern readers were told that the execution took place. I even found an article that claimed his burial! So, definitely, you can’t believe everything you read in the papers. But they were correct most of the time, so you can look forward to even more stories!
The Cherokee Advocate (Tahlequah)
February 8, 1896
Caddo, I. T. Feb. 3- News comes from Bennington, I. T. today of the killing of John Frazier, a Choctaw, last Monday. Frazier was on his way from home to the timber some distance away, where he was making rails, about eight miles southeast of Bennington. The affair is shrouded in mystery.
March 14, 1896
Sued the Lobbyists
Caddo, I. T. Mar. 9-Dr. E. N. Wright, Mike Conlin, and Hiram McBride have all been sued by a Kansas City firm of capitalists for the recovery of money given them to lobby that famous railroad bill through the Choctaw and Chickasaw Council, but failed with the Chickasaws.
The Dallas Morning News
April 26, 1906
Caddo, I. T. April 25- The Moon Hotel and Opera House, a fine brick structure, will be opened about May 1. This is claimed to be the finest hotel structure in any town of the Territory of twice the size. The cost is about $40,000.
June 10, 1906
Hotel at Caddo Leased
Special to the News- Caddo, I.T. June 9- The Moon Hotel, of pressed brick, has just been completed and leased to Miss Daisy Batcheler of Dallas. It will be opened June 20.
January 22, 1909
Caddo, Ok. Special to The News
January 21- The Caddo National Bank held the annual meeting of its stockholders Jan. 12 at which P. W. Howe, F. P Semple, Ben Siegel, and G. W. Horn of Caddo, T. F. Meminger and James Hudspeth of Atoka and G. W. Phillips of Caney were elected directors for the coming year and yesterday the board of directors met and elected the following officers: P. W. Howe, president; G. W. Phillips and T. F. Meminger vice presidents; F. P. Semple cashier. Mr. Howe, the newly elected president of this institution comes from Texas. He is a stockholder of the Southern Surety Company of Denison.
The Daily Oklahoman
February 8, 1911
Denison, Tex., Feb. 7, Special- Several cars of a northbound Katy freight train were derailed near Caddo, Okla. C. C. Johnson, a brakeman, was injured about the shoulders and head. Passenger trains wer delayed several hours.
September 1, 1911
Flyer to Stop at Caddo
The Missouri, Kansas and Texas railroad was ordered by the corporation commission Thursday to stop the southbound “Katy Flyer” at Caddo, in Bryan County, to receive and discharge passengers and to stop the northbound Flyer on flag. This order results form a petition of citizens of the town. The petition set forth the fact that only two trains stopped at Caddo going south during the day while three stop going north. Caddo has a population of about two thousand.
July 16, 1912
The Caddo Carnival, Caddo, Okla. capital stock, $3,000; incorporators, W. R. McBride, D. B. Williams, P. W. Howe, H.T. Chiles, Amos K. Bass, C. A. Bilbo, A. F. Manning, all of Caddo.
September 10, 1913
Choctaw Chief is Married at Caddo
Caddo, Okla. Sept. 9- Special- Victor M. Locke, Jr. principal chief of the Choctaw Nation, and Mrs. Vivia Nail Robertson of Caddo were married at the home of the bride by the Rev. Luther Roberts, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Only a few intimate friends were present at the ceremony. Chief and Mrs. Locke have gone to Palmer Lake, Colo. to be with Mrs. Locke’s brother who is very ill. They will reside at Antlers.
September 18, 1913
Caddo Official’s Son Kills Self
Druant, Okla. Sept. 17- Roy Hendrix, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Hendrix of Caddo, aged 9 years, accidentally killed himself while playing with a schoolmate, a son of Jack Droke. While Droke was up stairs changing clothes he left the boy downstairs and hearing a shot ran down to find the little boy with a wound in his side. He ran to the neighbors, who summoned a doctor; but the boy was dead before they arrived. The pistol was kept in a dresser drawer and was a.45 Colt. Mr. Hendrix is postmaster at Caddo.
The Tulsa World
August 13, 1916
The Durant-Caddo Country Club, Durant, capital, $10,000; incorporators, W. F. Pendleton, Durant, H. T. Chiles, John L. Boland, S. A. Whale, Caddo.