I’ve posted some of this before, but only yesterday finally saw a photo of Dudley. So I thought it would be good to re-post the story of one of our local heroes.
September 19, 1913
The following pupils have enrolled in the 11th grade of the Caddo Public schools: Rose Wilkowisky, Edith Moore, Bonnie Jeans, Kimbrough Overstreet, Eula Manning, Stella Peters, Beunos Phillips, Beulah Pinson, Myrtle Malone, Mae Petty, Dudley Maytubby, and Clint Rogers. The teachers are well pleased with the start this class is making and should they be successful in making their grades it will be the largest graduating class in the history of Caddo Schools...
May 4, 1917
To Join the Navy
Dudley Maytubby and Ira Smiser, both of Caddo, went to Dallas this week to enlist in the Navy of the United States.
There were several other young men who had thought seriously of going but have not taken the necessary steps.
It is not yet known whether Dudley and Ira passed the required examination. They are upstanding, high-minded young men of good families and men who will grace any employment; and The Herald congratulates them upon their patriotism.
The Caddo Herald
August 3, 1917
Dudley Maytubby Drowned in Blue
With Party of Young People
Picnicking on River
Wednesday afternoon about 5 o’clock, Dudley Maytubby was drowned in Blue River at the Falls. The body was recovered in about an hour and the family home in Caddo.
The funeral services were held at the family residence yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock, interment in Caddo Cemetery.
Dudley, with a party of young people from Caddo composed of Messrs. Wm. Rowsey, Clarence McCoy, and Bud Manning, with Misses Louise Payne, Ruth Smith, Esla and Era Worthy, and Clara Woodward and another young lady, whose name we did not learn, was at the Falls enjoying a picnic party. There they were met by a party from Durant, and enjoyed the evening to the fullest. While Dudley and Clarence McCoy were out of the water, having dressed, they heard a distress cry, and leaped into the water to rescue Miss Era Worthy, who had gotten beyond her depth. In the struggle with the drowning girl Dudley was overcome it is thought, as he was never seen after he dived into the water. Clarence McCoy, with the help of several others on shore, finally succeeded in dragging Miss Worthy form the water, after which a search was made for young Maytubby, but he could not then be found.
The alarm was given and Clarence came to Caddo in a car to get assistance, while those at the River continued to search: and finding him about a half hour later, resorted to every known means to revive Dudley, but all efforts were in vain.
The young men in the party, who did prodigious things in rescue work, are bereft that their efforts availed so little; the young ladies were prostrated for some time. Neighbors, friends—all deeply sympathize with the family; all having known and liked Dudley.
Deceased was just 21; was to report for duty in the Oklahoma Cavalry the fifth; was a pleasant mannered, high-minded young man, liked universally wherever known, but the greatest tribute that could be paid him was the unusually large crowd who attended his funeral. He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Maytubby and had lived his entire life in Caddo. This death cast a pall of gloom among the young people with whom Dudley associated; cheerful laughter has given place to doleful grief; light hearts have become heavy, and amid the midsummer sunshine deep gloom enshrouds the hearts of those who love the one who is no more.
With his mourning friends, his grieved loved ones, his associates and classmates The Herald joins in offering sincere condolences in this hour of great grief.
Greater Love hath no man than this- that he would lay down his life for a friend.
November 7, 1919
Maytubby Gets Hero Medal-
Saved a Life
The Carnegie Hero Foundation has awarded a bronze medal for act of bravery, to Dudley Maytubby, who, in August 1917, was drowned in Blue River while trying to rescue Miss Era Worthy from a like fate.
It will be remembered that a party of young people of Caddo and Durant were bathing that afternoon in the river when Miss Worthy got beyond her depth and called for help.
An agent of the Carnegie Foundation was here a few months ago looking into the matter and the award was made.
This medal will be highly prized by Dudley’s father, mother, brothers, and sisters, who will realize that while it was hard for the young man to give up his life, he did it in a cause of helping someone else. “Greater love hath no man than this, that he gave his life for his friend.”