I am gathering material for a new book about the buildings of Caddo. I’m currently going through each year and compiling information on major businesses and institutions.
Choctaw National Bank
The Caddo Herald
January 5, 1900
The Directors of the Choctaw National Bank held a meeting last Saturday and decided to purchase a lot on which to erect an elegant and more convenient bank building. A lot on the northeast corner of Buffalo and Arkansas Street has since been purchased, which is an excellent location for the building in contemplation and work on same will soon begin.
January 12, 1900
A Solid Institution
The Choctaw National Bank will open for business early next week and its opening will be the beginning of one of the strongest business concerns in the Indian Territory, numbering among its stockholders many men who have been prominent in business affairs of Texas and the Territory for years. The following is a complete list of stockholders:
J. C. Henderson- Vice President Farmers and Merchants Bank, Troy Alabama
Wilson N. Jones- ex Governor Choctaw Nation
Solomon J. Homer- National Secretary Choctaw Nation
W. W. Hunter- Supt. Armstrong Academy and member of Choctaw Legislature
W. G. Ward- member Choctaw National Senate
J. D. Lankford- merchant, Atoka
J. W. Chambers- Attorney at Law, Atoka
G. A Pate- Attorney at Law, Atoka
C. A. Hancock, W. H. Ainsworth, and W. J. Moon- Merchants, Caddo
J. L. Rappolee- Attorney at Law, Caddo
LeRoy Long- Physician, Caddo
C. W. Hill- stockman, Caddo
W. H. Attaway, A. C. Pace- Merchants, Bennington
J. P. House- Stock dealer, Caddo
Mrs. M. J. King- Stock dealer, Jackson
Mrs. T. Hunter- Mayhew
R. L. Williams- Attorney at Law, Durant
T. B. Smith- President, First National Bank, Durant
J. A. Stanfield- Vice president Farmers and Feeders Oil Company, Sherman, Texas
Thomas Forbes, Sr. & Jr., N. B. Birge- of Birge-Forbes Cotton Company, Sherman, Texas
B. H. Zank- Cigar manufacturer, Sherman, Texas
H. E. Everhart- Bohrer, R. M. S., Sherman, Texas
Robert Cook- Patty-Joiner-Eubank Company, Sherman, Texas
L. A. Lowe- Hubbard Bros., Denison, Texas
Guy Hamilton- Whitewright, Texas
J. B. Moore, Jr.- Cashier, Belton National Bank, Belton, Texas
H. M. Dunlap- President
Barlow Roberts- Cashier
January 19, 1900
Bill Howard, the artistic sign painter of Sherman, embellished the plate glass front of the Choctaw National Bank with a new sign this week that is handsome and apparently durable.
Dr. Long has had connections with the long distance telephone put into his residence and office. The bank will also put in connections.
September 7, 1900
The Choctaw National Bank moved last Saturday from its temporary quarters into its new building on the corner of Buffalo and Arkansas Streets, and is now transacting business within its own walls. The building is mainly of pressed brick with stone trimmings. It has an elegant plate glass front and is finely finished on the inside. The vault is large commodious and burglar proof and their records and money will at all times be safe within its walls. The masonry was done by J.J. Dies, the woodwork by Bieard & Craig and inside work by Neely & Bible. The building is a credit to Caddo and all of her citizens should feel proud of it. We hope the Choctaw National Bank, already a strong institution, will continue to prosper and grow in a manner that it is deserving of.