The Caudle Entertainment Family

The Caudles were related to the founding Arthurs of Saltillo. Many married Saltillo residents. The family travelled northeast texas in the early 1900s performing in schools, tents, town halls, and so on. Saltillo served as their home base. Many of them are buried in Old Saltillo cemetery.

John Caudle with his daughters, Mae, Jessie, Ruby, Johnnie Arthur, and Johnnie's family, Francis, Christine, and Charles. 1918. Courtesy Wanda Corn
The John Caudle entertainers: Georgia, Charlie, Johnnie, John, Mary, Jessie, Mae, and Ruby. Courtesy Wanda Corn
Johnnie  (Caudle) Arthur (1892-- 1966), daughter of John Caudle and wife of Dow H.D.  Arthur. Shown here in dance costume.  Courtesy Wanda Corn
Johnnie, Georgia, and Mary Caudle in Dance Costumes about 1902. Courtesy Wanda Corn
Jessie (Caudle) Agee (1908-1993). She was one of the little dancers and singers in the family show. She is buried in the Old Saltillo Cemetery along with her husband, Clarence. Courtesy Wanda Corn
Ruby (Caudle) Jones (1906-1957). One of the little dancers and singers in show.  She is buried in the Old Saltillo Cemetery along with her husband. Courtesy Wanda Corn
Mary (Caudle) Pheister (1898-1961). She played the mandolin in the family show.  She is buried in the Old Saltillo Cemetery along with her husband, "Kack.". Courtesy Wanda Corn
John Francis Caudle (1857-1941) and Johnnie (Arthur) Caudle (1890-1966). This picture was made at the Arthur place in Saltillo about 1939. Courtesy Wanda Corn
Ireland Mae Caudle (1911-1977). Mae was the little clown in the family show. She was about 4 years old in this picture. She never married. She is buried in Old Saltillo Cemetery along with John Francis Caudle. Courtesy Wanda Corn
Georgia Ann (Caudle) Christoffel (1896-1995). She played two instruments at same time. She was about 13 years old in this picture. Courtesy Wanda Corn
This letter was written to Robert Cowser, who grew up in Saltillo. The book (Hoblitzella Theatre of Arts, Library Humanties Research Center, Austin, TX) (Georgia refers in her letter could be an oral history project. (For a transcibed, edited version of this letter)Courtesy Robert Cowser