I posted this a couple of years ago, but ran across it yesterday and decided to re-post for new readers. I also have some items from early church records showing that members were disciplined for playing ball or hunting on Sunday. I remember when stores covered some items with tarps on Sundays.
The Caddo Herald
May 16, 1919
Blue Law Works Well, Caddo Closes Sunday
Last Sunday was the first day of the anti-Sunday closing ordinance and every store, restaurant and house in town was closed tight as a drum. While the law does not prohibit butcher shops and drug stores from selling certain useful articles, those stores also closed so that no business could be done at all. If a citizen had not provided himself with such things Saturday he simply did without.
Quite a bit of fun over the law and closing were indulged, some of the ones displaying crepe, as having been killed by the council, with directions either to Armstrong, Caney, Kenefick, or Durant. But it rained so hard that you couldn’t get anywhere.
The Herald thinks the law will prove a good thing. People too long have violated the very spirit of the Sabbath day. It was made for man’s rest and the merchant and druggist needs the same as anyone else. Beside it looks more respectful to the God who has commanded that the Sabbath be kept holy and free from labor.
The town law could not affect Sunday baseball except inside the corporate limits- the grounds happen to be out of these limits- but we understand an effort will be made to get the county attorney to take the hand and prevent these sports.