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  • Vol 17  Issue 853  May 30, 2013

    PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email:  butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823 I posted the following question on my Facebook last week: “Butch — a question for you. What year did McDonalds come to Ardmore? Was there one there during the 1950’s?” -Ken Barrett Within hours there were over 100 Posts.  Come to find out the McDonalds […]

  • Vol 17  Issue 852 May 23, 2013

    PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email:  butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823 This week I received a surprise email from California from a Jim Gaskins. “I was in Ardmore a couple of weeks ago to attend the class of 1955 high school reunion. Three of my classmates, David Dodd, Rae White and Tom Patterson, said I must […]

  • Vol 17  Issue 851 May 16, 2013

    PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email:  butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823 If gas continues to rise like it has the past two weeks, our little out of town excursions may be far and few between. With gas prices sky high I wonder what the future brings. Gas in Ardmore is now approaching $4.00 a gallon. Ouch! […]

  • Vol 17  Issue 850 May 9, 2013

    PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email:  butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823 We made a long road trip last Friday traveling 175 miles west to Mangum, Oklahoma. I wanted to purchase 100 SMOOTH faced brick and Mangum Brick Company was the only place I could find them for 100 miles around. Those particular bricks were not actually […]

  • Vol 17  Issue 849  May 2, 2013

    PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email:  butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823 I received the email below today about an item for sale on eBay. It’s a beautifully preserved 1902 $20 banknote printed for Ardmore’s Exchange National Bank. On the face of the 1902 banknotes is Ardmoreite Hugh McCullogh (1876-1962). Mr. McCullogh is buried in the Lone […]

  • Vol 17  Issue 848 April 25, 2013

    PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email:  butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823 Over 100 years ago one of Ardmore’s pioneer doctors was A. J. Higgins, MD. Dr. Higgins and his family lived on E Street Northwest. His wife operated probably the first answering service in Ardmore. The Daily Ardmoreite – July 25, 1947:   Dr. Higgins, came to […]

  • Vol 17  Issue 847   April 18, 2013

    PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email:  butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823 There has been a number of mentions about Wobblin’ Willie the past few years in some of my newsletters.  He seems to be a mystery in himself, with not much info about him, and a lot of what is there, sometimes seems to contradict what […]

  • Vol 17  Issue 846  April 11, 2013

    PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email:  butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823 Don Drake shared a 1924 booklet printed about Healdton, Oklahoma this week.  It’s a wealth of information about the movers and shakers of Healdton during its oil boom years. Those early day businessmen of Healdton helped develop the city, making it into a model for […]

  • Vol 17  Issue 845  April 4, 2013

    PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email:  butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823 Last week a Reader shared two old photos taken outside the Carter County Courthouse around 1915 or so.  It is a group of about 100 men, most wearing some kind of ID tag on their coats.  I would assume it was some kind of meeting […]

  • Vol 17  Issue 844   March 28, 2013

    PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email:  butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823 On November 15, 1911 William Ballow AKA Wobblin’ Willie was a defendant in a murder case in the Carter county courthouse. Wobblin’ Willie did not like the way things were going, so he decided to shoot the county judge, Jimmy Mathers, who was presiding over […]