Durant Weekly News
June 4, 1915
Caddo Wants to Renew Her Water Contract With City
Present Contract Calls for Flat Rate of $100 a Month- Expires July5-
Committee Appointed to Confer with Caddo People
A bunch of Caddo people comprising John Boland, Arthur Manning, W. F. Dodd, __Hargrove, Henry Chiles, and others were before the City Council Tuesday night asking that the contract Caddo has with Durant for the furnishing of water to that city be renewed on its present basis, when the contract expires July 5th this year.
The present contract calls for a flat rate of $100 a month, which Caddo pays Durant every month and it is said by persons who have gone into the matter that it costs Durant about three times this much to carry out its end of the contract. A couple of years ago there were members of the Council who were in favor of repudiating the contract but it was not done, the others of the Council standing pat for carrying out every contract that the city had made even though it were causing a loss.
A committee comprising the Mayor, the Water Superintendent, and the Water Committee of the Council was selected to meet the committee from Caddo at the pumping station next Monday and go over the matter and try and arrive at a rate for another contract with Caddo.
July 2, 1915
Caddo Will Vote on Water Works Bonds
Plans Expenditure of $20,000- Special Election Has Been
Called for July 16th- People Favor Issue
The Board of Trustees of Caddo has called a special election to be held in that city on the sixteenth day of July for the purpose of voting on a proposition of issuing twenty thousand dollars worth of bonds for the purpose of erecting a pumping station at Blue River to pump water into Caddo mains.
The official call for the election specifies that the polling place shall be the county court room at Caddo. The judges of the election will be J. D. Thompson and H. D. Pierson, and the clerks O. R. Smith and W. H. Morris, who will also act as counters.
The people of Caddo, according to the Herald, seem to be in a big majority in favor of the issuance of the bonds and there is little doubt felt that the bond issue will carry by a substantial majority.
This action is the sequel of the failure of Durant and Caddo to get together for another year on a contract whereby the former pumped Caddo’s water.
July 9, 1915
Caddo in Dire Need of Water
Mayor Yarbrough Orders Service Reinstated Until Caddo
Can Arrange for Supply- Town was Without Fire Protection
And Water for Home Use
Soon after the water service from Durant’s pumping station to Caddo was discontinued, the people of Caddo realized that the lack of water put them in a tight place. They had no fire protection whatever, not half enough water for home use, and the light plant and other industries there were compelled to close down for lack of water. The stress under which the cutting off of the water placed Caddo was occasioned by the fact that during the life of the contract Caddo depended entirely upon Durant for water and had done away with all other provisions for a supply. They will soon have an election there to attempt to vote waterworks bonds, but even if it carries it will be several months before the service is secured.
A committee of gentlemen came to Durant from Caddo Wednesday; what a plight they were in and after hearing the matter, the Mayor ordered that the service to Caddo be reinstated immediately and left on until Caddo could arrange for its own waterworks.
July 16, 1915
May Yet Sell Caddo Water
The City of Durant has notified the City of Caddo that if the latter wants to buy water from the former any more she must pay $116.30 for June service ad pay $428 in advance for water from July 7th to August 7th. When the Council authorized this step it was also decided to have the water superintendent show actual cost for furnishing the water to Caddo and upon this it is possible that another proposition will be made Caddo with a view of getting together on a deal with them.
Caddo Makes Water Bond
Tuesday, Caddo deposited in a local bank the sum of $100 in cash for water rent past due and made a bond for payments of $428 per month in the future. The bond was needed for the reason that the city of Caddo is preparing their budge and estimate and no money is available at present. A bond was made guaranteeing the payment of the monthly rate of $28 per month until a satisfactory test can be made or until Caddo is able to furnish its own water. The Council is of the opinion that it is costing them more than $428 per month to pump water to Caddo.
August 20, 1915
Caddo Buys Water Plant
Caddo recently voted for installation of a water pumping plant for that thriving little city and the committee having the matter in hand this week perfected arrangements for the purchase and installation of a pumping plant to cost about eighteen thousand dollars. The outfit will comprise Gould pumps and the latest designed oil engines and is expected to make an up to date plant in every particular. The station will be in readiness probably within ninety days and is thought will be located at a point on Blue near the line from the river to Caddo which line the city of Caddo owns.
The Caddo Herald
October 22, 1915
Heaviest Rain in Years Damaging
The rains came and the floods descended; they beat upon the houses, upon the fields, and upon everything else; many bridges were washed out, roads were cut up, trains were marooned, abandoned; cotton and corn suffered much damage. It was the heaviest fall rain that people remember. From Friday night to Sunday morning fully 12 inches of rain fell here.
Friday night the stores of W. F. Dodd, C. H. Grayson, Hardin Bros., The Electric Theatre, Smith’s barber shop, and Geo. Hensley were flooded; the Glasscock shop had a foot of water in it. This trick was repeated Saturday night and other damage was done. A load of wood floated off from Jimmy the shoemaker.
At Blue, considerable damage was done to the Caddo pumping plant in course of construction. Cement was ruined and lumber floated off. The river rose close to the top of the railroad bridge.
A part of the Katy Red River Bridge washed away and they’ve been using the M.O. & G. track from Denison to Durant. But one train was run Sunday, it was from the North. Boggy also was on a rampage and the Canadian was high as trains passing.
The Caddo Herald
March 10, 1916
Pump Station on Blue is Finished
Tuesday night a called meeting of the city council made a final settlement with the construction contractors who built the pumping plant and filter on Blue for Caddo. So far as concerns the original contract for the station, proper work is complete. It is a good outfit and capable of pumping and filtering 300 gallons of water per minute, the year round, though Caddo does not use that much water.
There is some work yet to be done: two fuel oil tanks are to be erected, a pipe line laid from the switch to tanks, shade trees and grass to be planted, and the appearance of the place brightened.
The station now keeps a four-day supply of water out of the river: the stand pipe holds one, the filter reservoir two, and the clear well one. There are two 50-horse oil engines and two triplex pumps which gives us two pump stations in reality- one to work should the other be out of commission or need rest.
This station belongs to Caddo. It’s paid for and it will pump all the water we need at a nominal cost. In fact we can do our own pumping, pay for oil, engineer, interest and sinking fund for half the $428 per month Durant was robbing us of for pumping. Besides, we are getting filtered water now.