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C. A. Hancock

 

C. A. Hancock (Choctaw)

(Leaders and Leading Men of the Indian Territory, By H. F. O’Beirne, 1891)

The subject of this sketch was born October 19, 1857, and is the son of J.S. Hancock, now residing in Caddo, Blue country, Choctaw Nation. The young man commenced his educational career at Columbus, Texas, after which he went to school at Baxter Springs, finishing his education at Chetopa, Kansas. Displaying a strong aptitude for mercantile pursuits, while yet a young man, C.A. Hancock entered the business house of Messrs. Marchand and Felon, and soon made such progress in the trade, and gained such extensive custom, that he undertook the management of a business in his own name in 1883. In 1887, on the organization of the Agricultural Wheel in the Choctaw Nation, Mr. Hancock was appointed suttler and has ever since been doing business with the members of the organization, giving the utmost satisfaction in his dealing with the citizens and farmers of Blue county. In January, 1890, he married Miss Julia Sims, a popular and attractive young lady of Caddo. Mr. J. S. Hancock, father of the subject of this sketch was born in Kickman county, Kentucky, in 1832, and is now residing with his son, whom he assists in auditing the accounts of the establishment. Mr. Hancock keeps a general stock of merchandise amounting to twenty-eight thousand dollars.

 

Bryan County: Caddo Herald , Friday, December 17, 1937

C.A. HANCOCK, Pioneer Died Last Thursday
Funeral Held Saturday
          C.A. HANCOCK died at his home in Caddo last Thursday night, after a brief illness, aged 80 years. The funeral was held in the Methodist church in Caddo Saturday at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. A.D. EGGSNER; interment in Caddo Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Henry EDWARDS, G.S. CROSSETT, W.H. ATTAWAY, H.T. FAUDREE, John L. BOLAND and Bert FRYER, all old timers and close associates of deceased.
          C.A. HANCOCK was a pioneer of pioneers in Caddo, coming here in 1871 with the M.K. & T. railway, being one of the passengers. He first came through this country in 1868, when just a mere lad with his father, who was driving a herd of South Texas cattle to Kansas. He clerked in Fenton and Marchand's Store some years, then went into the mercantile business for himself, and prospered greatly. He was a very enterprising merchant, and as the wide prairies became peopled, it was he who built a steel bridge across Blue at Nail's crossing, the better to get the Twelve-Mile Prairie trade. In his lifetime he was the spirit of progress, took part in the organization of Caddo, contributed to its welfare and growth.
          He was wed to Miss Dusi SIMS; is survived by her and six children; P.C. HANCOCK, Tulsa, Lee S. HANCOCK, Okla. City, Jack HANCOCK, of Caddo, Miss. Phillis HANCOCK, Okla. City, Mrs. Harold PARKER, of Shawnee, and Mrs. FAUDREE, of Atoka.
          The funeral was largely attended, all business houses taking time out to close in honor of deceased, who had contributed so much for the well being of his community.
It was the editor's privilege in his 38 years in Caddo to know Mr. HANCOCK well; we never knew him to say an idle word, a profane word, or to speak unkindly of any person. In his business dealings he was square, he kept his word; he helped many people in distress; he was a man to rely upon. We bought the Herald from him after his father, J.S. HANCOCK died, and we never knew him to be other than sympathetic with us in our early problems.
          C.A. HANCOCK was a member of the Methodist church since 1885; he go in the last years of his life other the same house, the one in which he died last Thursday. Seldom did he go far in the last years of his life other than to his little grocery, and to his home again.
          C.A. HANCOCK saw many changes in Caddo. He has shot wild deer from his home porch; he saw many prairie chickens, more common than domestic fowl; he was with the first bank; the first telephone, the first street sand sidewalks, the first brick buildings, the first roads and the first everything else in Caddo.
          It was men such as C.A. HANCOCK who made our present civilization at all possible; who paved the way for us who came after, and builded upon the foundations they laid. All honor to those pioneers who went before us.