January 12, 1900
The streets of Caddo have been most fearfully muddy this week, but the places where sidewalks should be were ditches of slush.
C. H. Farrington is again on the raid in the interests of the Greenville Medicine company. He is in the Chickasaw country this week.
When the new sidewalks designed by the town have been built, mud such as has made life a failure this week will hold not terrors for Caddo people.
Mess. Hanson and Whittington of the American Cotton Company were in Caddo Wednesday on business connected with the round bale gin at this place.
W. H. Attaway is closing out his stock of goods at Bennington preparatory to moving to Caddo where he has formed a partnership with P. W. Arnold.
W. T. Little, known to Caddo people as a land appraiser with the Dawes commission, has resigned his office as custodian of the Oklahoma Historical Society.
Col. W. P. Houk, post office inspector for the Ft. Smith division for many years, has been transferred to the Indian Territory with headquarters at Muskogee.
Chas. E. McPherren, as attorney for the town of Caddo, went to South McAlester yesterday to file proceedings in the action by the town to open Arkansas Avenue.
J. F. Lamb has purchased the Manning stock of furniture and will consolidate it with his stock into one. He will occupy the building formerly occupied by Manning Bros.
An intricate mathematical problem involving the amount due for pasturage of cattle by one of the citizens of Caddo kept local mathematicians guessing a few days this week.
It is not likely that Blue River will afford any ice of a character fit for preservation this winter. The unusually mild form of the winter up to now does not argue for severe cold.
The new Choctaw court house at Mayhew is almost completed and the jail has been removed from the Pushmataha court ground to the place where in future the tribal court for this district will be held.
Last Sunday a shooting affair occurred at Roberta in which six men, the names of whom could not be learned, participated. They fired about eleven shots, but none took effect. Judge Halls bound them over Tuesday to consult the grand jury.
Look at the columns of The Herald and then judge whether or not Caddo is a good town. They are going to do a lot of business in 1900 and are all the time getting in line with prosperity, reaching out for whatever may be had to make the town better and bigger.
Old citizens say that the condition of wagon roads through this section is far the worst that has existed for 16 years. This is due not so much to an excessive rainfall as to the frequency and slowness of the rains. Every bit of water seems to have soaked into the ground, and as a result the ground is decidedly soft.
On Monday last week at Smith & Swinney’s parlors, Rev. B. N. Haultman united in marriage M. L. Patterson of Caddo vicinity and Mrs. Grace Drummond of New York. A bit of romance is attached to the affair in that the parties to the rites had conducted their courtship by mail. The bride came here and remained a few days in single blessedness before the knot was tied.
The commercial club is to be organized this week. This membership will consist of the business and professional men of Caddo and it will be a means of doing much good for the town in a business and social way. The opera house will be rented for the purpose and will be fitted as a reading and gymnasium room where its members can spend either hours or minutes of leisure time in reading or exercising.
The Choctaw National Bank has received its new stationary and books and will open for business on the 15th of this month. President H. M. Dunlap showed the books for the opening season of the bank to a Herald reporter this week. They are the very best forms made and one or two of them are designed especially by Mr. Dunlap, embodying features no other banking house has for accuracy of detail in accounts.
Deputy Wm. York went to Caney, ten miles south of Atoka, Monday and exhumed a girl baby that had been thrown from the early morning train that passes here going north at 5:17. The child had been found early Saturday morning by the section men and buried by them at the place where found. From indications the child was alive when thrown from the train. There was no clothes on it. Dr Ross, of Caney, was called and examined it and said it was living when thrown from the train. No trace can be found of the guilty party, but Mr. York is working on the case.