As soon as Caddo had people, it also had horses. Over the years there were many places available to keep one or rent one. Mr. and Mrs. Grayson always had a livery in connection with their hotels and several other enterprising businessmen owned or operated stables.
The Caddo Oklahoma Star
November 20, 1874
Attention is called to the Livery Stable card of Walner & Welch. They have a careful and attentive oatler (?) and guarantee satisfaction to all who may favor them with their patronage.
November 1, 1878
Saint James Hotel
Caddo, I. T.
The Saint James Hotel is situated in the most central location in Caddo on the corner of Buffalo Street and Main. Those who have stopped there are filled with praises of the
COMFORTABLE ROOMS AND EXCELLENT TABLE
and the accommodating hostess, Mrs. Grayson.
A baggage wagon will meet all trains to carry the passenger’s luggage to and from the hotel. A hack will be sent for passengers if required. Good room for sample room.
A LARGE LIVERY, FEED, AND SALE STABLE
is attached to the hotel where parties may be accommodated with good rigs at reasonable prices.
Blue County Court Records, Choctaw Nation, CTN 24 Book II
Know all men by these presents that we, Ed Attaway (attorney), J. S. Adams and Mrs. J. S. Adams, in the County of Blue, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, for and in consideration of the sum of $1,450.00 Fourteen Hundred and Fifty Dollars to us in hand will and truly pay before the delivering hereof by Forbis Manning, the receipt whereof. We, the said Ed, Mr. J. S. and Mrs. J. S. Adams do hereby acknowledge, have granted, bargained, and sold and by these presents, do grant bargain and sell unto the said Forbis Manning, the following articles of personal property to wit: one black horse, 2 years old, 14 hands high, branded on the left shoulder; one black horse, 5 years old, 14 hands high, banded JC on right shoulder and star on forehead; one black mare, 10 years old, ___ hands high, no brand; one black horse 10 years old, 10 hands high; one brown horse 9 years old, 15 hands high, branded with a G on hip and shoulder on left side; one bay horse, 8 years old, 15 hands high, branded with AL on the hip and shoulder on right side; one sorrel horse, 14 hands high, branded LW on the left shoulder; one sorrel horse about 14 ½ hands high, branded with 66 on right shoulder and hip and AE on left shoulder; two hacks, one bump seat buggy, one light buggy, one drummer buggy, four sets of harness, one man’s saddle, one lot and stable with outhouses on said lot and known as the Grayson Livery Stable and we do hereby agree with said Forbis Manning to warrant and defend the title of said property and chattels hereby sold to him and his assigns against all and every person. Witness our hands and seals this 27th day of January A.D. 1894. A. B. Adams, J. S. Adams and Mrs. J. S. Adams, witnessed by H. W. Adams
Indian Territory, Choctaw Nation, Blue County, on this 2nd day of March 1894 personally appeared before me a County Clerk of the above named county and nation, A. B. Adams, Mrs. J. S. Adams and J. S. Adams to me in person with attorney, known to be the persons named in the foregoing instrument as grantors and state that they had executed the same for the consideration and purposes therein mentioned and set forth as their free voluntary act and deed. Witness my hand and seal as such, this day of March A.D. 1894. M. F. Robinson, Clerk, Blue County.
The Caddo Banner
March 2, 1894
C.A. Bilbo has purchased the Grayson livery stable and will tear it down and erect two business houses on the lot. They will both be two stories high. The upper story of one will be fitted up for an opera house, while the other will be cut up into rooms to rent. Mr. Bilbo is showing enterprise and is doing something the town has long needed.
March 9, 1894
If the boys want their girls to say “yes” they should go to Forbis Manning’s livery stable and get a rig and take them out riding. He has some of the best driving horses and nicest buggies to be found in the territory.
The Caddo Banner
February 22, 1895
To J. W. Barker, the owner of the following described property: You are hereby notified that on the 20th day of March 1895, I will have sold to the highest bidder for cash in hand, by the Constable of the Second Judicial Division of the Indian Territory, in the town of Caddo, one sorrel horse, 10 years old, 15 hands high and branded 100. Said sale being to satisfy a lien which I hold on said horse, for his feed and attention while in my stable at Caddo I. T. Said lien amounts to $60.00. Also to satisfy the cost and expenses of said sale. F. Manning, keeper of feed and livery stable in Caddo, I. T.
March 25, 1895
F.R. Grayson is erecting a large livery stable east of the depot.
June 14, 1895
The Grayson & Sims livery stable has opened up and are second to none.
June 28, 1895
Mr. Chas. Manning is the enterprising livery man. He is a gentleman worthy of knowing. His stable is complete in every detail. His teams are the best, the safest, the cheapest. When in town give him a call.
October 12, 1900
J.L. Smith, the well known citizen of our town and his brother, D. H. Smith, of Emet, have bought out C. A. Bilbo’s livery outfit. They will take possession next Monday the 15th and continue the business at the old stand. They are both experienced livery stable men.