The Durant Weekly News
March 17, 1949
Caddo Roundup Club Organized
Paul Joines was elected president of the Caddo Roundup Club when it was organized at Caddo Wednesday night with 19 charter members.
L.V. Mills was elected vice-president and Hunter Freeny was elected secretary-treasurer.
The next meeting of the club will be held at the community building next Wednesday night at 8 o’clock when all other persons interested in joining the club are asked to be present, Mr. Freeny said.
The club is building a roping arena and plans to build chutes and other facilities later to enable the club to carry out a full program of calf roping and bronc riding.
The Caddo Herald
May 6, 1949
The Caddo Round-Up Club is improving each week as the calf ropers show much faster timing. Paul Joines, the president, evidently has some home practice by catching the calves with the quickest time for the past week. His average for catching three calves was fifteen seconds, which makes him the top calf-roper for this week, with L. V. Mills and Johnnie Ray Joines following only one second behind.
Harlin Hyde was unfortunate in letting the calves run through his loops as he would have been one of the top contenders.
Jack Putnam, from the Durant Democrat, ws here Sunday afternoon taking pictures of the sponsors, officers, and group.
The club now has a public address system which will add more entertainment for the boys and the spectators in their roping. K. Flowers, reporter
The Caddo Herald
May 15, 1949
The Caddo Roundup Club is a “Going Dude”
The Caddo Roundup Club was organized around two months ago when a group of Caddo calf-roping cowboys decided it was about time they got their favorite sport organized into some sort of club where they’d have plenty of calves and ropers at the same place at the same time.
Thus the roundup club.
The club, headed by Paul Joines, its first president, has 24 charter members. And Secretary Treasurer Hunter Freeny figures the club will grow now that the boys have a first-grade roping arena out in the wide open spaces where they won’t get on anyone’s nerves.
The arena, which is roughly 100x50 feet, is located 7 miles north of Durant, 3 miles south of Caddo, on Highway 69. It is on J. M. “Shorty” Cox’s place. And Shorty, Johnny Joines, and Kenneth Flowers are sponsors of the club. They furnish the arena, the roping claves, and lease it out to the rounduppers on a contract basis.
The boys rope one day a week now, on Sunday afternoons. They have flood lights bought and when they get them up they want to rope one night a week too.
Now that warm weather has come on, the roundup club will have plenty of people out to watch them rope. They hope to keep roping right up until the bad weather sets in next winter.
Most of the roundup club members are farmers and cattlemen. They hope to be in top shape when the Durant Rodeo opens this year and they’re going to give someone a lot of competition.
They boys started out to ride broncs on Sunday, too, but so far they haven’t found anyone with a bronc tough enough to give the boys much of a show. (Photos accompanied this article, but I was unable to scan them because of the poor quality of the microfilm.)
President: Paul Joines
Vice-President: L. V. Mills
Secretary-Treasurer: Hunter Freeny
Note: The Durant Weekly News printed the same article, but with this last line: “Any outsider that has a wild one can bring him in and get him rode- the boys can promise you that.”
The group held a calf-roping event and dance to celebrate July 4th. Later that month they had a “match” calf-roping with the Durant Roundup Club. They participated in the Durant Rodeo in August. In November they sponsored a dance at the Community Hall.
Caddo Roundup Club, Heritage Day parade, 2017.