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P.O. Box 118826
Carrollton, TX  75011-8826



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Cadmus Stephen McCall

1874 - 1953

Came to Nocona in 1889 at the age of 13.

The first thing you notice is the eye. I would love to know what happened to it but that story is lost to us. When I knew him, he was very sensitive about it. When he was talking to you, he turned his head so you couldn't see it. Was he trying to hide it, was he trying to spare you the site of it, or was he turning his head so he could see you better? I don't know. He would not allow himself to be photographed full face and preferred full profile. I was taught from an early age that I must NEVER mention it in his hearing.

Even his children did not know how he lost the eye. The topic was not allowed in family conversations. I do know from family photos that it was lost at a very early age - probably before age 4.Cad McCall and dog


A few years before his death, a scroungy half starved mutt of a dog showed up at his door begging for food. The dog was very skinny with ribs protruding, and one eye was missing. His heart melted instantly and he proclaimed that fate had brought them together. He named the dog Spareribs and took him in and showered him with affection. He loved that dog. I actually remember Spareribs, he was delightful.



His first job in Nocona as a teenager was doing chores at the hardware store.

Right behind the hardware store across the alley from what is now the Legends Bank Drive In Window  was a blacksmith shop owned by William Carter. The Carters were also from Arkansas and they families became good friends. The blacksmith's son and Cadmus became pals and helped each other with their chores. They found that they could get done earlier that way and have more time for pursuits more interesting to teenage boys. One of their favorite pastimes was playing checkers. The blacksmith's son's name was Amon Giles Carter.

As he grew older, his father sent him to Sherman to a business school. He didn't like it, it was a boarding school. In the early evenings they would walk around the square. The boys in one direction and the girls in the other – Spanish style. Just seeing someone from home even though they couldn’t stop and talk. Again, he thought he knew more than the teachers so he didn't stay.

 In 1896 he was five feet seven inches tall and weighed 141 pounds. His collar size was 15 1/2 inches and he wore a size 7 1/8 hat. His shoe size was "6 & 5".  He was the proud owner of an Essex bicycle. Serial number 7413.

When the west part of IT or Oklahoma opened in 1900,  his father thought it would be a good idea to start another hardware store so they “made the run”. at Hobart and bought a business and a residential lot.

They arranged to have a stock of hardware there in a tent and brought in he moved there so he  could help with the store also carpenters to start on a permanent building – a two story brick. The upstairs was made the opera house.

Nell McGillicuddy had been teaching school in Nocona for a couple of years – she was staying with her sister, Mrs. Ed Rines. Her husband  Edward F. Rines was running the First National Bank.

By Jan 1902 the Hobart business was established and the new building and a home had been built so they married and moved to Hobart. Their first child, J.W. McCall was born there.

He was the primary binder salesman. He traveled the country selling, delivering, adjusting binders and training customers on their use.

July 1903 Hobart.

Binders were in very high demand in Hobart. They were selling binders by the carload at the rate of two binders per day. They were also selling "lots of twine". These were probably McCormick  binders.

This store was sold in 1904.

Baldwin Parker, son of Quanah, told Cadmus that "Nocona" was a word meaning "going away and coming back",

In 1903 he sold G W Pierce a tire and shaft for a Pontiac buggy. and went to the grocery store with this shopping list.

Health Crisps
Baking Powder

In 1905

March 5, 12905
He and his father William Asbury opened The Farmers and Merchants National Bank. It was opened  in the back of Fooshee’s store until they could build a new bank building across the street. The very first deposit was $50.00 from a Mr. York

July 5, 1905
A "Cyclone" hit Montague. Reports vary but the death toll was 16 to 22.
C. McCall and His wife Nell drove to the scene to help. They took blankets, coats, etc. from the store. They reported seeing straws blown into tree trunks and complete destruction of houses and barns. W.A. McCall reported in his diary that 16 were killed and 10 were buried in Nocona. This highest number of casualties was on the S. L. Tumbleson farm near Barrel Springs.
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He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He made over night trips to the river for fishing. Not always successfully.

He went hunting often with his father, W. A. McCall and his cousin Mace McCall. Together they bagged ducks, rabbits, jack rabbits, prairie chickens, plovers, squirrels and an occasional snake.

He made bets on the price of corn and cotton with his father.

1912 He paid real estate and poll taxes on lots 1 to 11 block 120 and lot 1 block 125.
$1.00 Poll tax and $2.39 real estate.
The Tax collector was J.L. Davis and the receipt was signed by Geo. McElroy Dep.

Around 1912 A cotton seed oil mill was organized, and Cadmus McCall operated that, until the death of his father, when he became president of the F. & M. National Bank.

August 22 1913 He received $1.50 from the County for serving as a witness in a rape case.

Colt SAA Bisley

Bisley Colt. Cal. 41 Long Colt.
186 gr lead bullet at  714 fps, 210 ft-lbs energy.
Slightly less powerful than the original .38 special "service" load. Considerably less powerful than a modern .38 Special +P load.

He occasionally carried this on his belt and when he was not, he kept in a brown paper bag in the right bottom corner of his desk in the F&M bank. 

He wore his shootin' iron on his left hip, cross draw style. 

He was apparently somewhat combative.

Nov. 3, 1902 - Cloudy & damp, Cadmus had to knock a fellow in the store ( W.A. McCall ) 

May, 20 1906  -  Cadmus at Whitesboro. Captured Sullivan one of the two forgers (W.A. McCall)

Store robbed at Ringgold last night Cadmus went there today

March 29 1918
Harry Wright had a fight yesterday morning. Mr. Modrell said something to him about some old trouble of
which I guess you know of, and and Harry hit him. Cad McCall then hit Harry in the head and Harry got
onto him. It happened in the bank but somehow or other they got out in front of the bank and Dick Lunn
came out with a gun. They were stopped before anything serious happened.

MF Ball to his father March 29 1918

In 1923, with Phil Lesh, he entered the oil business, the partnership being Lesh & McCall, drilling contractors and producers.  

1933 March second to March seventh.

 In Compliance with the Mandatory Order of
 Her Excellency Miriam A. Ferguson, Governor
 of The State of Texas, . . .

He guided his bank and It's employees through arguably one of the most troublesome periods in the History of Nocona and Texas history. The story goes like this:

The dates were March 2 through March 7, 1933. Thursday through Tuesday.

The bankers knew about it before the public and they were terrified.

It was accomplished by placing the placards on the door during the night of March 1.

Bill Leonard was the only person I knew that lived through it. He said they all came to work and set around trying to comfort each other’s fears. They were afraid the public would break in and attack them and force them to open the vaults. In those days, if they emptied the vault, the bank would probably fail and the employees would be out of work and the owners broke.

On the night before the holiday, Cadmus hosted a dinner party for the entire staff at his home to reassure them that everything would be OK. And that even if the public did break in and vandalize the bank, their money and their jobs were safe.

After dinner, he took them to the basement of his home and showed them a steamer trunk. He opened it up and it was filled with the money he had secretly transferred there from the bank.

Somehow, without detection even by the employees, he had transferred every dollar out of the bank. During the holiday, all the vaults and safes were left wide open so nobody could be injured while being compelled to open them.

As Bill Leonard said, They suffered through several days of terror but cooler heads prevailed. There were lots of people knocking on the door and a few yelling. They met each one door and told them politely they were sorry but they must obey the Governor, please come back on the 8th. No one actually tried to break in.


The Nocona Athletic Goods was another of his business interests.

Arrowhead Collection

Cad McCall's Arrowhead Collection. Click to see larger image.

Also notice the pistol ball. He apparently found it. He would have been familiar with percussion revolvers since they were in his time period. This is a 36 caliber pistol ball. The best known revolver to use this caliber was the .36 caliber Colt Navy. It is possible that it could have been a rifle ball.

The .36 Colt Navy fired a round ball of .375" diameter at about 800 feet per second. This is significantly less powerful than any modern handgun of comparable caliber. The 380 Automatic will reach 1000 feet per second with the same weight bullet.



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