The Caddo Herald
December 19, 1902
Last week The Herald entered its 13th volume. In 1889 this paper ws started by J. Y. Schenck who sold it several years later to the Hunter boys and who in turn sold it to J. S. Hancock, from whose estate the present management purchased it early in 1901. During these times it has seen many changes, both of itself and the town. The past four years have shown a wonderful growth in both. Under the present ownership the paper has been fairly prosperous considering all conditions, and feels much like thanking our many patrons for their indulgence, business and kindness.
This history of Caddo newspapers was written by Erma Taylor in 1982:
Newspapers were published in I.T. soon after the removal of
the Choctaws to Oklahoma. Caddo's first known paper began Jan. 14,
1874, and was the first to use the word Oklahoma in its title.
The editor was W. J. Hemby, a practical printer. He employed
Granville McPherson as editor. His policy, stated in the April 3,
1874 issue read, "My aim and object will be to conduct the OKLAHOMA
STAR in what I conceive to be the interest of the I.T. as a whole,
and the local interests of the Choctaws and Chickasaw especially,
without subversing the ends of any particular party or faction. His
motto, "Progress and a Higher Civilization." McPherson bought the
paper in 1876, but in 1877 consolidated it with the STAR-VINDICATOR,
Rev. J. S. Morrow, joint co-owner. It was then moved to McAlester.
Two other papers in Caddo's early days were the CADDO-
INTERNATIONAL NEWS, 1877 published by Hunter Brothers, and the CADDO
FREE PRESS, established 1878. The Nov. 25, 1878 copy gave Neely
Thompson as editor and Israel W. Stone as publisher.
A fourth paper, the CADDO BANNER, seemingly the beginning of
the permanent one known today as the BRYAN COUNT STAR, was
established in 1891 by J.Y. Schenck as editor and publisher. He
sold it in 1895 to John S. Hancock who named it the CADDO HERALD.
He was editor until 1900 when George McQuaid became editor. G.A.
Crossett became the publisher in 1901 after the death of Hancock.
At that time it was described as the 'Pride of the Town'. During
the next two years its circulation was estimated at 1,000. It
remained the one and only paper in Caddo until shortly before the
death of Crossett in Dec. 1948, when the DURANT DAILY DEMOCRAT
bought and published it for a few months. It was not revived until
about 20 years later.
Then in Sept. 1961 Alvin J. Morris of Antlers bought it and
placed E.D. (Pop) Atterbury as the editor. The name was changed to
the THE CADDO STAR then to its current one, BRYAN COUNTY STAR in
1967. The first issue came out Sept. 18, 1961.
The Star Staff was joined in the early 60's by Joe Meadows,
Caddo rural mail carrier, to help the aging editor. Upon his
retirement, Meadows and his wife along with their three daughters
took over the publishing of the paper. They were joined in 1970 by
Max, Joe's brother, who bought it in 1971. He ran it until Bob and
B.L. Swearengin bought it. The latter sold the paper to Charles
Murray about the last of 1977, who was editor and publisher until he
sold it to Plyler Printing Co. of Durant about 1980.