In 1978 the white wall of tiny cubby holes that once held letters for the residents of Banty was moved to the Indian Territory Museum in Caddo. This treasured piece of history is sometimes overlooked by visitors, but is well worth careful examination.
“Beauty” was the original name suggested for the little community founded in 1885, but there was already one in existence so the post office gave it the name of Banty. The first postmaster was John A. Stacey (1901), but following his term there was always a “Mr. Smith” behind the window. First it was William. C. Smith (1905-1920), then Harold R. Smith (1920-1929), and finally William T. Smith (1929-1949). William’s assistant was his wife Vessye. Both had previous experience in letter sorting. When they were first married they lived in Caddo and Mr. Smith carried the mail by horseback for six years. Mrs. Smith clerked for Ben Siegel for three years and then worked in the Caddo post office for three years before they moved back to Banty.
This exhibit is just one of many that will make your visit to the Indian Territory Museum worthwhile. I visit often and yet I always find something intriguing that leads me to more discoveries about our area’s history.