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Category: Year 2016

  • Vol 20 Issue 999 March 17, 2016

    PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email: butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823 My, my, my, how times flies when you’re having fun.  I can hardly believe next week’s newsletter will be issue 1,000. There has been several times over the past years I thought about discontinuing my weekly publication. But when I mentioned it in my newsletter, […]

  • Vol 20  Issue 998   March 10, 2016

    PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email: butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823 Thomas McClure ‘Mack’ Fraser (1912-1986) was Carter County Commissioner for District 3 from 1959 to 1978. Before statehood the Fraser family home was located where the Carter County Courthouse parking lot is now (south of courthouse). Mack’s father, David Stoddard Fraser, opened Fraser and Sons […]

  • Vol 20  Issue 997  March 3, 2016

    PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email: butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823 Thought I share an email from years ago I received from Gary Simmons. He recalls some history of the property where the present day Carter County District 1 Barn is located at Springer. Feb 8, 2003:  “The airport at Springer (where the county barn is […]

  • Vol 20  Issue 996  February 25, 2016

    PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email: butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823 I think everyone enjoys a mystery. The following story was told to me by a northeast childhood friend of mine and took place not very far at all from my stomping grounds at 3rd and H Street NE. True or not true, I don’t know… […]

  • Vol 20  Issue 995   February 18, 2016

    PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email: butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823 Carter County lost a history buff extraordinaire last week. Mary Wilson of Lone Grove helped me numerous times over the years when I was stumped at a piece of history I couldn’t quite put my thumb on, but to my rescue came Mary Wilson with […]

  • Vol 20  Issue 994  February 11, 2016

    PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email: butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823 A GLIMPSE INTO THE PAST On November 29, 1967 little 6 year old Scott Allen Compton was stuck by a pickup truck driven by 19 year old Jerry Wayne Kendrick while crossing the street at Lake Murray Drive and “C” Street SE here in Ardmore. […]

  • Vol 20  Issue 993 February 4, 2016

    PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email: butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823 From my January 5, 2002 newsletter:  “Butch, back in the late 50s and early 60s I had a little league baseball coach named Skinny Stewart at Wilson, Oklahoma. He had been a major league ball player, but had become paralyzed in a car accident. Also, his […]

  • Vol 20  Issue 992   January 28, 2016

    PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email: butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823 Before Oklahoma became a state, Ben Collins was an Indian policeman for the Chickasaw Nation. He lived 5 miles south of Milburn, Oklahoma. One evening around 10pm in August 1906, Ben Collins was standing on the porch with his wife, when he was gunned down […]

  • Vol 20  Issue 991   January 21, 2016

    PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email: butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823 I received an email last week along with a photo about Ardmore’s world renown trick roper Hardy Murphy. This is a “Tuck’s” postcard of Hardy Murphy and Silver Cloud. The back of the card reads “Hardy Murphy of Ardmore, Oklahoma and his trained horse Silver […]

  • Vol 20  Issue 990  January 14, 2016

    PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email: butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823 Well, I just knew last week’s newsletter would be my last because I was sure I’d win that Gazillion dollars with the one powerball ticket I bought. But I guess someone wanted me to continue publishing my weekly ezine. That’s right, I didn’t win. Anyway, […]

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