History of the Oklahoma State Federation of Women’s Clubs
By Luretta Rainey, 1939
Caddo Civic and Cemetery
Caddo Civic and Cemetery organized in 1903.Charter members: Mesdames Bell Walters, Emma Low, Georgia McCoy, Ella Bilbo, Agnes Ainsworth, Matilda Manning, Dousie Hancock.
Federated in 1910. Assisted other clubs in entertaining District Convention in 1926. Mrs. C. A. Bilbo served as District president.
Standing committees on charity, civic improvement, schools, garden units, federation interest, cemetery work, report progress. Outstanding project, purchase of cemetery and chapel built in 1905. Iron fence and gate. In 1932, bought civic addition. Supervised graveling of driveways and road to the cemetery, also planting flowers, shrubs, trees, and sale of burial spaces.
Past presidents are Mesdames Bell Walters, Ella Bilbo, Sallie Clower, Minnie Brewer, Vivia Locke, Ruth Davidson, Georgia McCoy, Jo Riddels, Beatrice Chiles, Kate Pitchlynn, Daisy Crossett, Daisy Nail, Florence Meadows, Maud Cochran, and Maurine Huddleston.
The Music Club of Caddo
The Music Club organized March 1, 1905 as the Thursday Musical, with twenty-five members and no dues. A recital was given once every three months. September, 1905, the club joined Indian Territory Federation as The Music Club. At the amalgamation meeting in Ardmore, 1908, joined Oklahoma Federation of Clubs. To meet expenses, club reorganized and paid dues.
We have taken an active part in every project for the betterment of Caddo. Principal work has been to establish the study of music in the public schools; have given medals, pictures and trophy cases to the schools; raised money enough to meet a pledge on a planned club house. Plans are being made to merge with The Women’s Club.
Have two charter members of whom we are proud: Mrs. C. A. Hancock and Mrs. C. A. Bilbo. Both have been active in club work in Caddo since the first organization.
The Women’s Club, Caddo
The Women’s Club organized February 16, 1900, federated 1902. The club withdrew and joined the Indian Territory Federation of Women’s Clubs 1904, returning to the Oklahoma Federation at the amalgamation held in Ardmore during 1908.
The preamble of 1900 reads: “We, the women of Caddo, Indian Territory, do hereby associate ourselves for the purpose of mutual improvement and for furthering the interest in the sciences of music, literature, and art.”
Our project during 1901 was to establish a library. The Women’s Club Library and bookcases were presented to the Caddo High School.
The charter members were: Mesdames Belle Sims Walters, Anna Rathburn Roberts, Mary McArthur Locke, Ella McCoy Bilbo, Dousie Sims Hancock, Wood Hill and Miss Francis Lyle.
Have had two District officers: Mrs. Bilbo, president of the old Fourth District, 1913-1928; Mrs. Dodd Archer, District Treasurer of Seventh, 1926-1928.