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Author: Butch Bridges

  • A PROSECUTOR HELPS A FELON TO GET OUT OF TOWN

    Before I was elected District Attorney, one of my predecessors was an able lawyer named Gene Ritter, now deceased. Prosecutors in those days served only one county, not five as they do now. So, Gene was County Attorney for Carter County. Gene had prosecuted a man I’ll call Bob Jones and sent him to prison […]

  • Vol 26 Issue 1,331 August 4, 2022

    A Glimpse Into The Past Sheriff Buck Garrett Chairman Committee On Transportation To Camp For the past 2 years sheriff Garrett has hired automobiles to transport the children to the farms at the mountain camp at Turner Falls. He is made chairman of the committee again this year and that means that there will be […]

  • Bells of Carter County, Oklahoma

    updated 9/06/21 09/06/21 Ardmoreite Bryan Balfour received a new truck to drive for work. Bryan has named it Purple Haze. This was near the end of August, and a week later he mounted an air operated bell behind the cab. Photo 1    Photo 2 Alarm bell at Mountain Lake NW of Ardmore.Photo 1 Mountain Lake BellPhoto […]

  • Vol 26 Issue 1,330 July 28, 2022

    The Ardmore Statesman August 14, 1919 Road to Gainesville The committee given charge of “claying” the heavy sand on the road between Thackerville and the Red River bridge has made a report to the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce announcing that the work is completed and that the troublesome stretch of road is now in good […]

  • An Unusual Divorce Case

    I was hired once by a young couple who sought a divorce. They had 2 little girls, ages 5 and 3. The couple were quite amicable for parties splitting up. That was a rarity in family law. Wife got custody, father custodian visitation with an obligation to pay child support, which he honored to the […]

  • Vol 26 Issue 1,329 July 21, 2022

    A Glimpse Into The Past The Ardmore Democrat February 11, 1960 Slot Machines Taken In Raid At Local Club A lightning raid by 3 State crime bureau agents and sheriff Gerald Theo Cobb resulted in six slot machines being confiscated yesterday at the Ardmore Elks Club. The slot machines were taken to the sheriff’s office […]

  • Vol 26 Issue 1,328 July 14, 2022

    The Davis ProgressiveDavis, OklahomaApril 25, 1895 Hidden Treasure At Cobb Springs Davis like all other towns has her excitements, and of late, many a sleepless night has been spent by a few hidden treasure enthusiast in their vain efforts to dig up an earthen jar containing $48,000 which was supposed to have been buried a […]

  • Vol 26 Issue 1,328 July 7, 2022

    The Ardmore Statesman December 4, 1909 A Nervy Chap Joseph E. Buchanan, a young boy of Durwood, just east of Ardmore, at the point where the Rock Island and Frisco lines diverge, is certianly a pluckly chap. He has just opened up a printing office in his hometown, and has installed and is operating his […]

  • Losing A Homicide Case

    LOSING A HOMICIDE CASE AND FEELING OKAY WITH THAT. A true story. Ardmore Police got a call about a death by gunfire at a tavern east of town. Police officers arrived and found a man lying dead behind the bar of the tavern. They determined that a man who had leased the bar, a gentleman […]

  • A Korean Orphan

    When my brother David Clark was in Korea, on one patrol he found a small, 10-year old Korean boy. The child was an orphan who had lost both parents in the war. He was starving. Dave threw him over his shoulder and after finishing the patrol, carried him back to his pup tent. Carrying the […]