The following items are examples of how things “come together” after one accumulates enough information. I have done family research for years, but put aside much of the information I had about buildings and institutions unless they were directly associated with a particular family. Last year I decided to assemble a book about the buildings and businesses of Caddo. It has been fascinating to discover the actual timeline of Caddo’s growth. And I have a new appreciation for its continued existence now that I know how much of it has burned to the ground over the years! The high school built in 1912 is just one example. It burned in 1921. This one sketch from the newspaper is the only visual evidence I can find of its existence.
March 17, 1911
A meeting of the citizens of School District No. 5 is hereby called for Saturday, March 18th at the court room in Caddo, at 3 o’clock p.m. the purpose of the meeting is to discuss the advisability of erecting a high school building for this district. Jno. Crutchfield, Jim Moore, T. H. Boydstun, W. F. Clower, Scott Powell, F. Manning, S. W. Maytubby, G. A. Boydstun, A. F. Manning, Jim Hogan, V. A. Rice, W. F. Dodd
March 24, 1911
School district No. 5 should have another school building and The Herald suggests that not less than $25,000 be voted for the building of the same. Every citizen of the district is benefitted more or less by good schools whether or not they have children attending the schools. There is no agency that adds more to the general uplift of the community educationally, socially, morally, and otherwise than good schools; they are second only to good churches. In maintaining the good schools now, we are paving the way for a broader and more progressive citizenship in the next generation. You might have attended school in a log cabin, but don’t you want your children to have better advantages than you had, don’t you want to give them a better education than you have? If you don’t there is evidently something the matter with you and a commission should be appointed to investigate your case.
September 23, 1911
The public schools opened last Monday morning, Sept. 18th, with an enrollment of 337, which was 13 more than we had at the opening of the schools last year. At present our enrollment is 349, crowding the high school to over-flowing. Regardless of the need of more space everything is moving in such a way as to promise a most successful school year for 1911-12.
We are very much encouraged as a result of the presence of Superintendent C. L. Neely and a number of patrons at the opening exercises. All the friends of the schools are cordially invited to make us frequent visits. Respectfully, E. O. Shaw
School House Contract Let
Last Thursday the Board of Trustees of the district let the contract for the building of the new school house.
There were eight or ten bidders and the lowest was Mr. Keatly who built the Masonic Hall and the Cossart-Howe building. His price for a complete job was $19,445.43.
The contract calls for the house to be completed by March first next. This will give the district ample school facilities.
October 6, 1911
Work was begun this week on Caddo’s new $25,000 school building in South Heights Addition.
February 16, 1912
The new school walls are nearly up. The roof will be put on probably next week. It will be completed by April first it is believed. The bad weather set back construction work considerably. This building when completed will be one of the nicest in Bryan County. Caddo will then have two splendid school buildings with a total of fourteen classrooms besides auditoriums, libraries, etc.
May 31, 1912
Graduation was at the Opera House. “By the time of beginning next year the new building will be completed.”
September 13, 1912
School began Monday in the old building. The new building will not be ready until next Monday.
September 27, 1912
In the new building. Everything is “new and clean”. Asking for funds for a piano.
Class of 1913
1. Laudie Hipp
2. Johnnye Hogan
3. Preston Malone
4. Ernest Powell
5. Stanley Williams
6. Dolph Woods
7. Welthy Wright