After doing this for over ten years I have accumulated more information about Caddo than I ever dreamed existed. I currently have thousands of newspaper articles, family histories, and photos depicting early life in our little community. And one of the advantages of having all of it on my computer is that I can use the amazing “search” feature. I can gather information about any person, place, or thing and get a chronological sense of its place in history. So for today I gathered information about Caddo’s early battles to obtain sidewalks.
Remember that sidewalks were not decorative or merely convenient. Sidewalks were a necessity. Most people walked to and around town. Women wore long skirts. Groceries and other supplies were delivered in wagons. Mud created a logistical nightmare.
The Caddo Herald
December 22, 1893
Attend the Dark Face Comedy Co. concert at the Presbyterian Church Friday night. Admission 15 and 25 cents. Proceeds to go for the benefit of sidewalks. This is a home company and should be patronized.
June 29, 1894
Complaint has been made to us that persons are in the habit of hitching their horses across the sidewalks. This is wrong as the horses will tear up the walk, besides is causes persons to have to leave the sidewalk and take the streets.
April 7, 1899
The sloppy condition of the walks in Caddo yesterday was object lesson to the public spirited citizens and to the municipal government. Sidewalks are the most needed thing at this time.
December 29, 1899
At the council meeting Wednesday night the committees on sidewalks and on Buffalo Street reported. Sidewalks were ordered built within 30 days from January 1st as follows: on the south side of Buffalo Street from Main to Arkansas, of smooth stone, brick, or concrete, not less than 8 feet wide. On Buffalo Street from W. T. Smith’s corner to Woods foundation, not less than 8 feet wide, of stone, brick, concrete or gravel. From thence to Manning Street of same material, not less than 6 foot wide. From Manning Street to limits, not less than 4 feet wide and may be built of boards. On south Main Street from Buffalo to Blue County Courthouse, a walk not less than 4 feet all the way on west side of street. Four foot walks were ordered also on north side of Harlan Street and both sides of Henderson Street and east side of Arkansas Avenue. All fences on Buffalo Street as laid out by the committee are to be removed within 30 days from January 1st.
January 5, 1900
New brick sidewalks ornament the front of the Moon building this week. W.T. Smith has rock in front of his building and McMillan will place an 8-foot brick walk on his west Buffalo Street property soon.
January 12, 1900
When the new sidewalks designed by the town have been built, mud such as has made life a failure this week will hold no terrors for Caddo people.
January 19, 1900
The new sidewalks on Main Street are not yet in evidence.
July 27, 1900
A.C. Joyce has completed a sidewalk around two sides of his residence lot. It is six feet wide and 300 feet long- the longest belonging to any lot in town- is made of brick and sand. Mr. Joyce will fence the walk to protect it. The town should make two street crossings in that neighborhood; one from Capt. Lyle’s to Joyce’s and one from Joyce’s to Lynch’s. Barring the mud at these corners the walks on this hill are good. Other walks and crossings are needed.
March 28, 1902
Ira L. Smith is putting down a rock sidewalk around his residence.
November 14, 1902
Notice to property holders: You are hereby warned that the town ordinance passed last January relative to building sidewalks beside the respective town lots in Caddo and which has not been enforced because there were a number of lots which had as yet no owner, will be strictly enforced. Sixty days is the limit now given for complying with same. It were better to build your sidewalks now than stand prosecution. A. B. McCoy, mayor.
January 23, 1903
The town council met at the city hall Wednesday night, and after allowing a few general accounts, ordered the town marshal to personally instruct every property owner to put fences on the lines as defined by the town plat, and to build sidewalks around the premises. All to be done in thirty days from February first. These are good instructions and ought to be complied with. Most property owners think this a bluff, but confidentially The Herald tells them it is not. Better get to work.
September 9, 1904
Street Commissioner Russell has begun some needed crossing and culvert work on our streets. In this connection it would be well for property owners to fix their sidewalks as the muddy season will soon be here and the sidewalks will be needed. Every town needs good sidewalks and Caddo most of all.
September 2, 1910
Notice is hereby given that the practice of larreting stock on sidewalks, streets, and alleys is in violation of ordinance No. 5, which authorizes Marshal to impound such stock and also provides for a fine of from $1 to $25 for each offense. After this notice all stock found larreted on sidewalks, streets, or alleys will be taken up and impounded. A.P. Braudrick, Marshal