The Caddo Herald
September 14, 1900
Business Men of Caddo Form an Organization that will be Beneficial to Town and Country
Circulars were distributed Friday afternoon asking that the citizens of Caddo meet in a mass meeting that night for the purpose of organizing a board of trade and to attend to other matters of importance concerning the town and country.
In answer to this call about fifty of the business men and citizens of the town met at the Choctaw Bank.
H. M. Dunlap stated the object of the meeting, after which a temporary organization was affected with H. M Dunlap temporary chairman and S. E. Badgett temporary secretary.
A committee composed of S. J. Homer, C. A. Hancock, and J. L. Rappolee was appointed on permanent organization. This committee, after consultation, recommended that the constitution and bylaws as adopted by the board of trade in 1897 be adopted by this board of trade.
The constitution and bylaws were read and there was a motion and second that the committee report be accepted and the constitution be adopted as read. There was objection to several of the sections, mainly the number of officers and the method or raising funds. The motion was withdrawn; a motion to consider by sections prevailed.
Section 2, Article 1 of the constitution was made to read as follows: That the membership fee of this society shall be such an amount as each member shall designate by his subscription and the monthly contribution shall be such a sum as each subscriber to the constitution shall designate.
Section 1, Article 2 was amended to provide for the election of a president, vice president, secretary, corresponding secretary, and a treasurer.
There were a few more minor changes made.
A committee of three, consisting of S. J. Homer, T. P. Smith, and P. W. Arnold was appointed to collect subscriptions and to prepare a membership roll.
The following permanent officers were elected:
President, H. M. Dunlap, nominated and elected.
Vice president, C. A. Hancock.
Secretary: S. J. Homer, S. E. Badgett, and Ira L. Smith were nominated. At their request the names of the two former were withdrawn and Mr. Smith unanimously elected.
Corresponding secretary: S. J. Homer, J. W. Oldham, and Charles McPherren were nominated. At his request Mr. Homer’s name was withdrawn and Mr. Oldham was elected.
Treasurer, P. W. Arnold.
The temporary committee to raise funds began their labors at once and several donations of $25 and $10 were made before adjournment. The committee was instructed to go to work again Saturday morning in an endeavor to raise an amount to be used at once by the committee. This committee did so and they report that about $225 has been subscribed and the following members enrolled upon the list:
H. M. Dunlap, C. A. Hancock, Arnold & Attaway, W. H. Ainsworth, Amos K. Bass, E. T. Hamer, W. P. Ellis, G. W. Phillips, R. A. Riddels, Smith & Cobb, Leeper & Chiles, W. P. Booker, Hancock & Badgett for Herald, T. W. Hunter, Chas. E. McPherren, Smith & Fuller, John Droke, Smith & Swinney, W. F. Dodd, J. R. Bryant, S. J. Homer, W. P. Wood, J. S. Rappolee, House & Heath, J. C. Hampton, LeRoy Long, D. A. Mounts, W. H. Bates, J. L. Smith, T. A. McAleer, N. Miller, J. N. Jackson.
Other names will be added to the list.
The preamble to the constitution sets forth the objects of the organization as follows: “The Objects of this society shall be to promote the business interests of the town of Caddo and to encourage the growth of the town and the development of the surrounding country by inducing men of capital to invest in our town and securing new and needed enterprises, and by seeking a good class of tenants to cultivate the rich lands tributary to the town; to strive to get commercial advantages through lower rates with the railroad company; to advertise the advantages of the town and country; and to use such other legitimate means to advance the interests of the town and country as may from time to time suggest themselves to the society.”
The officers of the organization are substantial enterprising business men and the membership is made up of men ___ ___ and the efforts of the body is sure to result in a great deal of good for Caddo and the country surrounding it.