The Caddo Herald
May 23, 1902
Captain Jack Ellis, for 16 years captain of the Indian Police of the Indian Territory, has resigned his position. Of course there will be a scramble for his vacated place. He has made a good officer.
Mrs. Norris and grandson, Tom Crittenden, from Detroit, Texas, arrived Sunday evening and are visiting Mrs. Norris’ daughter, Mrs. Edgar B. Lyle.
B. Shoemake was here from Bennington Saturday. He has in his possession a good madstone*, which he offers to the use of the people in this vicinity.
Last week a fine buggy and team was raffled off by Durant parties. A large number of chances were taken by Caddo people and when the drawing came off last Thursday night, Mr. A. B. McCoy, our Mayor, held the winning number and the team was delivered to him Friday. He is now the proud driver of a pretty team.
Hon. Peter Maytubby was in to see us yesterday and we had quite a long and pleasant chat with him. He is appointed by Gov. Johnson of the Chickasaw Nation to enroll all indigent Chickasaws in the Choctaw Nation and has advertised time and places he will appear. In talking with him he asked us to state that all Chickasaws enrolled by the Dawes Commission as Choctaws, who desire to be re-enrolled as Chickasaws are requested to give their names to him and they will be re-enrolled properly. Mr. Maytubby is now fixing up his hotel at Maytubby Springs, west of town, and will open it to the public about June 15th. The springs are certainly a fine resort and no doubt there will be many guests there during the summer.
C.W. Edens was here from Bokchito Wednesday. He says his town is coming nicely; that the grade has been made for a switch and that no doubt exists about their getting a depot.
Caddo Public Schools Closed
The Caddo public schools closed last Friday evening. This was our first year of free schools and the expenses were necessarily greater than those of any following year should be in proportion to the number of pupils. New supplies had to be purchased; books, desks, blackboards, and many minor things, besides the building of a room to the Methodist Church. At present we cannot ascertain the exact amount expended, nor how much the town is in debt from the school. One thing is certain, the benefits accrued have far exceeded the expenses. Many children were given an opportunity to learn something and our town has a better reputation for progress…
Dead: Michael Pitchlynn, of Goodland, a Choctaw Indian, 40 years of age, committed suicide Saturday by shooting himself with a rifle. He left home as though going hunting and when some distance in the woods, committed the deed.
The new town of Bennington on the A & C, ten miles east of Caddo, is now taking on the appearance of a live town. They have a first class drug store and three or four general merchandise stores. The foundation has been laid for a brick bank building and the following parties have let the contracts for brick business houses: Atwood Risner, Hardin Smith, R. L. Williams, Rush Stephens, and R. A McDonald of Durant, and C. F. Pope of Bonham and several others. J. J. Deiss of Durant has the contract for the brick work and Jim Biffle the contract for laying the rock foundation.
*madstone- a stony concretion (as a hair ball taken from the stomach of a deer) supposed formerly in folklore and by some physicians to counteract the poisonous effects of the bite of an animal (as one affected with rabies)