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.
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.
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
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
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
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
When the west
part of IT or
opened in 1900, his father
thought it would be a good idea to start another
hardware store so they “made the run”. at
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
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.
store was sold in 1904.
Baldwin Parker, son of Quanah, told
Cadmus that "Nocona" was a word meaning "going away and
In 1903 he sold G W Pierce a tire and shaft for
buggy. and went to the grocery store with this shopping
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.
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.
Read complete story.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He
made over night trips to the river for fishing. Not
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
The dates were March 2 through March 7, 1933.
Thursday through Tuesday.
The bankers knew about it before the public and they were
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
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
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
The Nocona Athletic Goods was another
of his business interests.
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
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.