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Vol 20 Issue 1016      Circulation 5,000       July 14, 2016

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Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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I found another great utility to remove adware, spyware, toolbar hijackers, and potentially harmful and unwanted programs. It's Adware Removal Tool by TSA. It even does a deep scan of the registry to remove the bad stuff hidden in there.  It is a little slow since it scans the entire hard drive, but be patient, it's worth the wait. The reason so many computers are sooooo slow is because of the adware and spyware that's been installed on it over time.

This is a screenshot of a computer that was BADLY infected. I had already ran my old standbys, SuperAntiSpyware and CCleaner, but some stubborn malware was not removed. AdwareRemovalTool removed them easily.

What surprised me is Adware Removal Tool found 4 problems on my computer, and I thought I kept it clean. One was even a PUP file.  Anyway, got rid of them, and here's the screenshot.

While I'm on the subject, I've tried Malwarebytes off and on several times through the years. But this past week I re-discovered just how powerful of a program it is.  I had tried all my favorite utilities, but there was one piece of malware I couldn't get off a computer. It was "Hello New User" and a box popped up every few minutes.  So I through in the towel, downloaded the 14 day free trial version of Malwarebytes, and like magic, it was goodbye to Hello New User virus. Malwarebytes cost $29 a year, but if you are continually plagued with malware and spyware, Malwarebytes is an excellent program, and its all done in the background.

May 1956
Marvin Porter, Lawton, is in critical condition following a single-car motor vehicle accident on Highway 70, a few miles west of Lone Grove. The accident happened around 4 a.m. when Porter failed to negotiate a curve at Bayou Creek Bridge while coming down Milelong Hill. Porter has numerous broken ribs fractures about the body, lacerations, cuts, bruises and abrasions. The car was demolished.

May 1932
Valuation of all personal property and real property in Carter County has been ordered reduced 33 1/3 percent by the County Equalization Board. Ask if this reduction in valuation would not have to be offset by an increase in rates, Auther Grunert, chairman of the board, declare that this was not probable since the maximum rate had already been reached and levies already assessed in most departments. He said property has depreciated to an alarming extent since January 1st. The assessed valuation will drop from 31,246,821 to nearly 21 million dollars.

May 1932
For children in a single-family at Brock have developed typhoid fever in the last few days, according to the county health officer. 26 Brock residents have applied for inoculation against the disease. Lone Grove has reported 4 additional cases of smallpox. There have been no fatalities as yet.

May 1956
Roosevelt bridge over Lake Texoma is now brilliantly lighted. The lights were turned on Saturday, May 26th, for the first time. Rumor has it that now a place will be found for fishermen. They will be placed below the bridge and out of the way of motorists. The swank 2,029,000 Lake Texhoma Park Lodge, showplace of the Southwest, was dedicated on Sunday, May 27, 1956.

May 1963
Ringling mayor Joe Fitzpatrick, who was brutally slain on Election Eve, still polled 79 votes in the city election on Tuesday. He was defeated, however, by Emmet T. Morris, who got 106 votes in the race for the councilman for Ward 1. Many Ringling residents said they voted for Fitzpatrick even though they knew he died.

May 1988
After The Ledger was denied access to a police report of an accident involving an off-duty Lone Grove policeman. The Ledger contacted the Attorney General's office to gain access to the report. Section 24A.8 of the Oklahoma open records states, law enforcement agencies shall make available for public inspection the following records, 5. A chronological list of initial incidents including initial offense, and 7. radio logs, including a chronological listing of the calls dispatched.

After more than a week off and on, I finally got my trailer floor finished, and side boards on it too. Should last 10 years or more.  I put a second coat of Linseed Oil on the boards even though they were pressure treated. I did make a board to go across the back end so when I haul gravel, the gravel does not fall out the back (state law against letting that happen).

A few brick pavers I sandblasted this week

You can find current gas prices for a particular Oklahoma town by entering the name or zip code in the GasBuddy search box.

Q.  What Carter County town was named as a tribute to the manager of the Ringling Brothers Circus?
A.  Wilson, Oklahoma was named by John Ringling, son of August Rungeling, a Bavarian harness maker, as a tribute to Charles Wilson, manager of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Also, Ringling, Oklahoma originated in 1914 and was incorporated in 1915. The town was named in honor of John Ringling, its founder and the proprietor of the Ringling Brothers Circus.

Q.  What festival is Jay, Oklahoma famous for?
A.  (answer in next week's T&T)

From This and That newsletter archives of July 13, 2002:

The most beautiful blue turquoise is mined in only two places in the world. One location is Iran, the other right here in the good old US of A. The Sleeping Beauty mines are right outside Globe, Arizona. If you like turquoise, you can now buy it directly from the mine in Arizona.
I received a letter in the mail this week from my uncle, Doyle Bridges, in Oklahoma City. He and his wife were celebrating their wedding anniversary, travelling up State Highway 74 from Oklahoma City to the Kansas Line and back. Along the way they stopped in the little town of Garber, Oklahoma (Enid is the county seat of Garfield County) for a bite to eat. He went on to say they really didn't find anything to eat, but found lots of beautiful murals painted on the sides of businesses there in Garber. But that is not all they found, they found a bell. It's a beautiful bell, and if you look behind the bell on the wall of a building, you will see one of those murals.

"There are a couple of bells (of which I'm aware) in Mangum, (Greer county) Oklahoma. The Methodist Church has one that I believe they ring every Sunday----what I would call sort of a 'call to worship'. Now, the Presbyterian Church has bells that are connected to the organ somehow. When they've an organist, I'm told, they are played for the enjoyment of the citizens. They've not had a regular organist for years, however. One lady said she thought the bells might have been disconnected from the organ, but she wasn't sure."
I have one of those old skate keys from my teenage years. Boy, I can still here those ball bearing rollers as we skated down the sidewalk on 3rd NE. Most people in the northeast back in the 60s didn't even have a concrete curb, might as well a concrete sidewalk. But we did, on both sides of 3rd street, and I'd skate up and down them. Man, those 1 inch wide gaps in the sidewalk sure brought my skating fun to a halt on many occasions. Here is a pic of that old skate key.

Here is a picture of a pair of the old roller skates like we used in the 60s on the sidewalks.
"I sent you a note earlier about Trotters Family Store but want to expand on the commentary on Hodges store across from Jefferson grade school. They has a lunch setup for the kids to come in and prepay anything up to a month's lunch tickets at $.25/day. For that you got a hamburger, coke and chips. Mr Hodges had a grill in the rear of the store and would cook and feed the customers. Jefferson had 12 grade classrooms, two per grade as did all of the other three grade schools in place then. Of course there was a music room, an art room and the cafeteria where food was actually cooked on the day it was served."
"Butch the Airline Cafe, as you call it, was the NCO Club (Non-Commissioned Officer's Club). It was really a very nice place with a large dining room and a separate Bar area. My dad had the Juke Box and some pinball machines and other games there and I would go out a couple times a week to service the machines when I was still in High School."
"Butch, The building was in the 60s and 70s know as the American Flyers cafe/caferiteria. The cafe opened at 6am and cooked quick food breakfast and lunch until 2pm. The cafeteria opened from 11-7 and was a serving line. It was there for the students to eat but was also a public cafe. It was run for years by Tiny Welch and then a guy called Preston. It was opened again but never had the glory of when it was American Flyers cafe. They even made the food that was put on the planes of American Flyers and the one that crashed was probably getting meals for the rest of the flight."
"Dear Butch, I believe the flowers you have pictured in last week's T&T are Indian Blankets or so I have thought since I was a child... the Indian Paintbrushes are all red and they bloom at the same time as the Bluebonnets do in the spring. I will try to find a picture and send it to you. Thanks for all your hard work on This and That."
"I have been following the corner grocery stores and, though not from Ardmore, I do have a home town grocery to tell about. I was raised in Jefferson county. Fleetwood was the name of the town we lived near. There was a little store there and that was about it. They had livestock feed, groceries, cold pop, candy and a Post Office as best I can remember. The cotton gin had closed. It has been a few years ago. If my memory serves me correctly, a man named Olen Weatherly was the last proprietor of the store. We lived about 2 miles from there and it was nearly as good to go to the Fleetwood store as it was to go on in to Terral where Al Ewing had a grocery store. We used to go there and just get a pop from the big box with the lid on top and have Al fix us a ham or bologna sandwich with anything we wanted on it. Fresh bread and fresh meat right from the meat locker. Those were the days! There are some pictures of Fleetwood on the Jefferson county USGenweb site."
"OK...Butch, here are a couple of really old timers for Healdton in the late 30s and early 40s: Mr. Hill's grocery, just off main street in Healdton, 5th street, I believe. the site later became the Plymouth/Chrysler dealership. Mr. Hill kept chickens in the backyard of his store and always had very fresh chickens for sale!! Do you know of any town where you can keep live chickens just half block off main street today?? Gertie Morgan's Cash Grocery on the highway north of town in Healdton. Gertie's store had goldfish ponds on either side of the front door beside the gasoline pump. It was famous for the potbellied stove and the oldtimer's whittling bench beside it. The affairs of the world were settled there. Shorty Nolegs Grocery at 5th and Gilmore was famous for it's owners ...Shorty and Mrs. Nolegs. He had lost his legs in an oilfield accident but managed to get around on the stubs. Mrs. Nolegs towered over him at 6feet tall. Most of the neighborhood managed to get to Shorty's sometime during the day. His real name was Gibson."
"Butch, There was an old store at Greenville, Oklahoma right across the highway from the school. It was Testerman's Grocery. My husband's uncle, Jesse Testerman owned it. The building is still standing. The store was about 60 years ago. Also there were several old stores in Healdton, Oklahoma. The Prater Grocery was on Texas Street one block north of the Sunset Grade school. The owners lived a block from me when I was growing up. They had charge accounts, and when we paid the bill up Mr Prater would give me a chocolate soldier soda pop. We also had Jim Teel's Grocery, Emmitt Gauntt's Grocery, Shorty Claxton's, Pratt's and the Northside Grocery. My husband and I grew in Healdton many years ago. We still go to Healdton about every 2 or 3 weeks. We still have family living there. Love your T&T."
"Hello Butch-- I've been meaning to drop a note but- Anyway I remember the Healdton Methodist Church having a bell! I didn't see it in your Bell web site. This was back in the late 40's. They remodeled in the 50's or 60's, I think, so maybe they did away with the bell. I recall getting in a little hot water one Halloween night, for some of us sneaking in and ringing the bell! That is when Bill Ratcliff was the sheriff so he just sent us home and reminded us he knew all of us and our parents! What fun and old memories! Two or three boys also turned over the stop sign that was cemented in a barrel and rolled it down main street! Of course there was only a couple of cars parked on the street and no traffic! So no harm done! I also remember some of the High School classes raising money for whatever, by sweeping the main streets of town. Not the sidewalks but the street from gutter to gutter. Not much work but plenty of fun! Do any of your readers remember these things? The highlight of street sweeping was at the bottom the hill at the street where the bakery was, after midnight we could get in and buy hot loaves of bread, and would just tear off big chunks and eat! It makes my mouth water just thinking about it! By the way, we didn't actually get paid for this, we had to go to each shop owner and ask for a donation for doing such an excellent job! Thanks for the wonderful revival of memories!"

Some mail from this week's MAILBAG.....

"Visited the armory in Konawa, Oklahoma that you mentioned in a T&T some time last year. Interesting old WPA building." -David Cathey

​"Butch, back in the '50s when we used to have those old box-looking antennas' on top of our homes, My dad Tom Bumgarner would come home before the OU vs TX game, and he would ladder up to the top of the roof, and aim that old antenna toward Wichita Falls, 200 miles away, toward Channel 7 station to pick up the game. ​We then watched it in snowy black and white, and listened to the game on WKY AM out of Oklahoma City. I still remember seeing Tommy McDonald catch a pass going up the middle of the Texas defense, and scoring in a 40 to 0 rout back in the '50s." -Scott Bumgarner, Sherman, TX
Thank you a million times for your emails... especially last week's as I saw the three pictures --- the train station, the house and main street.  Oh how it brings back memories!   Thank you so much." -Jo
"Where is the house in the picture said to be the Cruse house? It looks like a house at the corner of Stanley and C Street SW but that house doesn't look as large as the one in the picture. I know that house had a fire about 25 to 30 years ago but it did not destroy the whole house." -B Newton
The grave stone in Violet cemetery for Katherine Cross, the woman killed by human wolves has been stolen.
Q. "Butch- I don't like to personally bother you, but over the years I have used your advice on PC virus protection as well as a clean up. One of you T&T papers you mentioned cleaning and said you had good results. I would like to try your cure. I now have Windows 10 executive. Tell you honestly it may be great, I am too old to learn new tricks. I'm honestly thinking of getting a mule and two wheel cart to clog up traffic. ha ha."  -Taylor Crowe

Here are 3 more scans of old postcards. -Robert Hensley

"Snapped this pic of an early panorama photo hanging in Jerry's Gun Shop in Ardmore. Turned out pretty good! I took the picture with a Samsung Galaxy S7. Phone cameras are amazing these days." -David Cathey
"I found among some old pictures a couple of some Price family members from Lone Grove. I would like to send the actual pictures to the family if some of them will contact me."

This photo was taken at Wilson school between 1931 and 1933.  My dad, A.D. Horn is on the 2nd row, second from left.

Museum Memories
The Wilson News

REFUGEE HERE - J. B. Dick and son, James, were through here on their way to Muskogee, their home. Mr. Dick recently came out of the interior of Old Mexico, and has many harrowing tales of the bandits and robbers of that war-torn country. Mr. Dick was a ranchman until the Villistas confiscated and drove off all his stock and stripped his home of everything, since which time he has been a refugee in this country. His nearest neighbor, Charley Houser, with his wife and three children were murdered at their ranch home. One daughter, Bertie Houser, was taken captive and carried away by the Villa men.

FROM THE FIRE BOYS - Fire broke out in the barn of S. P. Brimer about 11:30 Saturday morning. Mr. Brimer's children were burning refuse when the wind suddenly changed to the south and blew sparks into the barn. The fire boys were just seven minutes getting on the scene of the fire after the alarm was given. The flames were soon under control and practically no damage was done. Had the flames gained much headway, Mr. Brimer's home would have been endangered. Mr. Brimer congratulated the firemen for saving his home and said that he would see to it that they got $10 for their fast work.

Visit us online at WHM - Wilson Historical Museum or at the museum. Hours: Tues., Thur., Fri., Sat. 10 - 4:00. We have thousands of obituaries and a great genealogy library!
WHM - Wilson Historical Museum

The Daily Ardmoreite
September 23, 1923


One of the greatest church drives ever undertaken in Ardmore will be started at 11 o'clock this morning when four 4-minute speakers open a campaign for funds to complete the First Methodist church, now under construction on West Main street.

The amount has not been specified but it is understood that $25,000 will insure completion of the building to such an extent that services can be held indoors, and will ease the strain on the finance committee.

When the structure has reached an advanced stage, the Burden of raising the money can be shifted, it was stated Saturday. This is one of the reasons why all persons in Ardmore are being asked to contribute to the fund.

Another is that when the church is completed, it will be at the service of all churches, with an auditorium with a seating capacity of 2,000, with a banquet hall seating 600 persons, with kitchens and store rooms, and finally when the other churches ask for assistance the Methodists will be in position to render aid.

Special committees have been named to visit all members of the Methodist church this afternoon and solicit pledges, payment on arrears and delinquent payers.

At 4:00pm today the temp was 105. But it is still so hot in Southern Oklahoma the catfish are already fried when you catch them.

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges

PO Box 2
Lone Grove, Oklahoma 73443

Vicious Dog Attacks in Oklahoma
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Carter County Courthouse Paver Project
Ardmore High School Criterions Online
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Bill Hamm's Cemetery Database
American Flyers Memorial Fund - Administration Webpage
Official American Flyers Memorial Website
Ardmore Army Air Field/Ardmore Air Force Base Website
Mirror Site of the Ardmore Army Air Field/Ardmore Air Force Website
Carter County Government Website

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