The Caddo Herald
December 1, 1939
U. S. Markham is an Old Timer
Who Has Done Good Things
U. S. Markham is getting up in years; his pilgrimage is one of toil and doing things.
Markham came to Caddo 40 years ago from Tennessee; he taught school, ran a variety store, was postmaster several 4-year terms, and ran a sawmill.
In 1934 after his term as the postmaster expired he bought the Evans Variety Store and with his wife had conducted it ever since, successfully.
In his early years in Caddo U. S. Markham was superintendent of the Methodist Sunday School which he conducted aggressively many years, laying the firm foundations for a splendid young citizenship and many are the grown men now who owe their religious training to him in that capacity.
Advancing years forced him to give up some of his active religious work, though he has not lost interest in the work for the Master.
Notwithstanding the toll of time and toil taken upon his fleshly frame, U. S. Markham is never idle, nor does he repine and wish for somebody to give him something, but he works at the store every day, leaving its management largely to Mrs. Markham, he employs himself my making articles of furniture, he being an expert cabinet maker, and during the time he’s resting he keeps his jigsaws and hammers going; and it’s a sight to see the dresser, the corner boxes, cedar chests, the ornamental selves or picture frames he hath made with his hands. These things he puts up for sale in the store and he makes many pieces to special order for customers who want a special design.
Markham has solved the old problem of what to do on dull days. He works.
The Markhams still take an interest in school and church affairs and have the regard of all who know them.
When the end of the journey comes to U. S. Markham it can be said of him that he was a good citizen; that he did his part toward making the world a better place to line in and that through him mankind has indeed been blessed.
(Mr. Markham died in 1945 and is buried in Gethsemane Cemetery. He was 77.)