As I typed my Caddo blog this morning I was struck by how easily it could have been a report of this week’s happenings in Caddo. The “locals” from October 27, 1916 included everything from politics to movies to fund raising and sports. The more things change the more they stay the same! We still have the same interests and concerns that our ancestors did, especially in this area. Dallas was a draw for entertainment back then. The rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas universities was strong. People were concerned about money and crops. People traveled far and wide to meet the needs of their families. School and military obligations occupied the lives of young people.
I have always noticed bits and pieces of news that seemed current, but ALL of the following were in this issue of the paper and have current counterparts:
“Oysters served by the Christian church women Friday night in the vacant building next door to the picture show.”
“Oysters fried, oysters stewed, oysters with celery, pickles, catsup, coffee, bread and butter Friday night next door to the picture show.”
Maybe our local groups should give up spaghetti suppers and BBQ and try oysters…NOT.
See Ruth Roland in “A Matrimonial Martyr” 5 parts at the Electric Theater Monday 30th.
Click on her name to see how beautiful she was!
R. L. Pace and family visited the Fair at Dallas Friday until Monday. They report an enjoyable time.
Mrs. Locke and son Wesley, Misses Ida Freeny, Maggie Griggs, and Elmer Jeanes, and Elmer Rowsy attended “The Birth of a Nation” at Durant Wednesday.
Children’s special “Jungle Comedies” every Saturday at the “Electric Theatre”, 5 & 10c.
Mrs. Henry Carraway and Mrs. Joe Carraway entertained Wednesday night at the home of the former in honor of Miss Carraway of Houston, Texas. The evening entertainment included a “fake track meet” which was very clever indeed and the source of much merriment. The evening was highly enjoyed by those present.
There were lots more listings of people attending the fair in Dallas. Movies and plays at the local theaters were very popular. I’m not sure what a “fake track meet” was, but it must have been fun.
Clarence Dodd and Prof. Rorie attended the Fair at Dallas Saturday. Among other things, they saw the football game between Oklahoma and Texas Universities, in which Oklahoma lost 7 to 16.
Yes, football was important to your great-great-grandfather!
Shearl Shofner came home Tuesday morning. He is principal for the Buffalo School, which begins its session next Monday morning.
Miss Ethel Boydstun spent Saturday and Sunday with homefolks returning to her school at Colbert Sunday night.
Not sure why the Buffalo School started so late in the year, but they might have been on a “cotton break”. It was common for school to start early and then let out for two-four weeks to get the cotton harvested.
Posey B. Smiser returned last Sunday to Philadelphia where his U.S.S. Ohio will be for two months.
The story of the U.S.S. Ohio is quite interesting. It was first launched in 1901 and was part of the Atlantic Fleet in 1907. It served as a training ship during the teen years. It was decommissioned in 1922.
J. W. Jones was in town Saturday looking after business. Mr. Jones is successful in the management of private affairs and he will be elected commissioner from this district in November. He will bring that same business acumen to bear upon the affairs of the county that has made his own affairs so successful.
Politicians have always been wonderful people!
J. D. Nickles was here from Matoy Saturday looking after business. He is a successful farmer and man of affairs and he says he believes the county should wait until building materials are cheaper before attempting to build a courthouse. And he is right. The people of the county will have to pay enough for a courthouse when materials get on a lower level. It is more important than ever that they get their full money’s worth now because it must be paid by taxing personal and town property since but a small part of farm land is taxable.
Cotton took a tumble in price yesterday, going off more than $5 a bale. The chances are that it will regain.
There was a lot of controversy over the building of the courthouse- mostly fights over the cost and location. Cotton was the mainstay of farming in this area for many years and there were often crop and gin reports in the paper.
Sales and shopping:
Special: Ten to twenty-five per cent off on all ladies and misses coats and suits. H. G. Huffman.
Big shipment of underwear just in for men, ladies, and children. We have union suits and two-piece garments. H. G. Huffman
Every issue of the paper is filled with ads and appeals for residents to shop locally and buy more! “Trade at home” was the businessman’s plea.
Weddings and Funerals:
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Grewell returned from their bridal trip and visit to Texas last Saturday night and are now keeping house on the Charlie Jones place west of town.
Mrs. Geo. Hensley was called to Texas last week because of the illness of her brother, who died Friday. Mrs. Hensley returned Thursday and found her little girl Naomie sick.
Many people in this area traveled by train to Texas. Car travel was still new enough that if a person owned one it was specifically mentioned, as in “Mr. B drove his Ford to…”
Visiting Family and Friends:
Miss Agnes Carraway of Houston, Texas, is the guest this week of her brothers, R. H. and Joe Carraway.
Miss Ethel Whale of Durant spent Saturday and Sunday as the guest of Miss Mattie Mae Cole.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson of Texas were the guests of their parents Mr. and Mrs. Grewell in the country last week.
If you read the paper often enough you soon realize that people spent a LOT of time visiting with other family members. Some folks were out and about every weekend and several weeks in the summer. Sound familiar?
Yard of the Month:
The greatest and most attractive civic improvement recently made in Caddo is the work of Mrs. Ed. F. Brown around her home and yard. If everybody had the same idea of improving and beauty, Caddo would be on the improve continually.
I LOVE the idea that even back then people tried to improve their property and were concerned about the appearance of Caddo. I’m planning to photograph the current Yard of the Month, and the Yard of the Year next weekend!
The more things change…