The Caddo Herald
January 24, 1913
Old Times in Caddo
Some weeks ago there came to The Herald office, S. V. Barnum, an old printer; he was near the call of thirty, ready to cash in his string and “carry the banner” in the New Jerusalem Advocate office. He had passed Volume 70 in life’s edition. The book of his life contained many queer, quaint, and valuable experiences. He told of having been in Caddo some forty years ago and having worked in the Banner office, the name of the paper then published here. At that time the Banner was the only paper published in the old Indian Territory except at Talequah; there was no other town of any size in the Territory. Caddo consisted of a few rambling shacks, there or four business houses, and a few residences. There were few farms except in the timber, all the prairie being devoted to cattle raising with enough fields to furnish hose feed. The Banner office was contained in an old shack near where Andy Vaughn now lives and its destinies were presided over by Granville McPherson, who by the way, was the first Grand Master of the Indian Territory. It was a small four page sheet printed on a hand press, few ads were in it. The main complaint at that time was the cholera scared which was then raging in Denison.
Concert Band Reorganized
The Caddo Concert Band has been reorganized by Tom C. Cross, instructor, and C. E. Thompson, manager and treasurer. Most of the old company are in the new, with some new talent. Thursday nights has been selected as practice nights. The band is practicing early in the year so as to be able to give excellent music during the summer season when their product will be in demand continuously. The band boys announce that their purpose is to make a band of which Caddo may well be proud.
Born: Prof. G. C. Davis was here Wednesday and reports the arrival at his home in Durant on last Thursday of G. C. Jr. who, he says, is the “finest boy in the world”.
Born: to Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Blackwell last Sunday morning, a boy. Mr. Blackwell lives on the Nicholson place east of town.
Mr. Bowers of Lehigh is here visiting his daughter, Mrs. Charles Semple.
Miss Leta Threldkell visited her sister in Sterrett last Saturday and Sunday.
Mrs. J. H. Crossart returned last Friday from an extended visit to relatives in Georgia.
Miss Katie Crews from Wapanucka arrived Monday and has taken a position with H. G. Huffman as saleslady.
John Odill, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Odill, who has been for the past six years in New Mexico, is here to visit parents and other relatives.
W. C. Hatcher was in town Saturday. He likes the mud now better than later on. He says when it takes four mules to pull an empty wagon there will be big cotton crops that year. This year is sure to be a good one then.
W. H. Glasscock and Carroll Franks went to San Antonio Tuesday to visit Claude Glasscock, who recently was shot in the hand while out hunting and the wound was so serious that his left hand was amputated Wednesday.
Died: The three month old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Ellis died at their home last Friday night. The funeral services were held Saturday, conducted by Rev. Roberts. (William George Robert Ellis)