The Caddo Banner
May 24, 1895
Caddo has a population of one thousand souls and is almost daily increasing in numbers. It contains over twenty live business houses. The hotel accommodations are ample and first-class. Educational facilities are very good: three good and prosperous schools are in session ten months of the year. The Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal South, and Presbyterian; denominations each have neat and comfortable church buildings. The Masonic and Odd Fellows orders each occupy separate halls which are respectively owned by them. A neat and amply large opera house is one of the great conveniences to those who find pleasure in theatrical entertainments. Quite a number of blacksmiths and wood shops are owned and operated by first-class workmen. The wagons made here are said to be most excellent and command a good price.
Reasons why Caddo is the best place to locate: The farming land is of the very finest on the outside of the globe. Take the sandy ridge that lies south of town and you can raise vegetables in abundance. Take the black land and its yield of corn, wheat, oats, and cotton has scarcely equal. It is one of the healthiest localities yet discovered. So we can offer no inducements for doctors, unless they would like to try farming. Are you looking for a location? If so, visit Caddo. We want you to share our prosperity.
In speaking of the prosperity of its town the South McAlester Capital truthfully says that which will appropriately apply to any people. “The growth and progress of South McAlester, the future capital of Indianola, is in the hands of the people who are here. If we treat the people who come here to settle in our midst in a friendly hospitable manner, they and their friends will become no small factors in its development. The exhibition of kindness and cordiality to strangers will pay this people larger interest than many think. The Capital bids everyone who comes to do a legitimate business a hearty welcome.”
Although this is the season of the year when a rush of trade is hardly expected, yet the business houses of Caddo seem to be reasonably well patronized and are doing nicely. Caddo should congratulate herself upon the pleasant fact that ____(damaged-fold in paper)of country can boast of the same prosperity and further bright prospects. With the blessing of good crops this season we expect to witness a new era of business prosperity dawn upon us. The commercial reports from all the trade centers are encouraging and hopeful. Indeed there are strong indications from every direction that better times are coming. Let our people throw off their lethargy and go to work energetically for the building up of their town. There are hundreds of a good class of farmers in the older states who have lived to see their own homes go to naught as a farming country and are anxious for a change. They would gladly come here if they were fully advised of the favorable surroundings.
The lands around Caddo are among the finest in the world and can be leased on most reasonable terms, even cheaper than the poor land in the States. No country can surpass this for health. While this is prairie land in general yet there is ample fire wood adjacent which is sold at a reasonable price. In short- no country offers great inducements to intelligent practical farmers. Unfortunately a misconceived idea of the social status of the people of the territory has greatly retarded the immigration of the better classes of people. They are becoming informed in this particular and it will no longer be a stumbling block to immigration. The good social qualities of the citizens of Caddo are not surpassed by those of any town in the states. A more energetic, intelligent, moral, and courteous people can be found no where. Let our merchants, business men and citizens generally get a move on them and aid in building up Caddo, the future “Queen of the Prairies”.