The Caddo Herald
October 18, 1901
The Arkansas & Choctaw Railroad has about overcome the difficulties placed in its way by Durant, Madill, and Ardmore; and will be speedily built to completion. The road will not be of as much benefit to either of the three towns as it is represented to be. However, its route east of Caddo takes it near Bennington, Jackson, and Bokchito and is liable to make a good town out of one of them. If it does it will seriously interfere with part of Caddo’s trade. We have always believed that Caddo would always be a fine town and nothing has occurred yet to cause us to alter our opinion; on the contrary we are more than ever convinced of its future.
The Kansas City meat train on the Katy met with a disastrous wreck at 2:50 Wednesday morning a mile south of Sterrett. They were running at about 20 miles an hour clip when twelve inches of flange broke off a wheel of the sixth car form the engine. The car was instantly derailed and wrecked and fifteen of the cars following came piling on top in a wild disorder, tearing up the track and smashing cars and freight. Fortunately none of the brakemen were out on the train and no one was injured.
Smiser Has Resigned
B. S. Smiser has resigned his position as Townsite Commissioner for the Choctaw Nation. The resignation to take effect at once. Mr. Smiser recently tendered his resignation to Gov. Dukes of the Choctaw Nation and accepted an appointment for the same office from the Secretary of the Interior.