This and That Newsletter
Vol 22  Issue 1,130     Circulation 5,000      September 20, 2018
Ardmore, Oklahoma
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I watched the news and weather this evening. The forecast for our area is over 5 inches of rain over the next few days. We need that rain for sure, just pray no flooding takes place. If you are on the streets and roads during the downpours, slow down so you don't hydroplane on slick streets, and if you see deep water, remember the slogan: Turn Around, Don't Drown.

This is a 1988 photo Tommy Elmore took of what was at one time The Dew Drop Inn on Caddo.

Wilson has a new school monument.

September 1934
E. B. Luke has an orchard growing despite the severe drought which killed some trees. He grows everything but pears, which, despite to the contrary do not thrive in this section, and they do not bare fruit, it is inferior quality.

The "Big Onion" oil storage tank at Pauls Valley was torn down this week (Highway 77 north).

Below is a piece of granite I sandblasted the other day. Sure proud to do this for Lt. Col. Terry Callis for his 27 years of service to this country. RIP

Q.  Where in Oklahoma is a 50,000 acre epic mountain range that will make your jaw drop with all its beauty?
A.   Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge.

Q.  Where in Oklahoma is a spring fed 17 foot deep lagoon swimming hole here the water stays around 40 to 50 degrees during the summer?
A.  Answer in next week's newsletter

Below is from This and That newsletter archives of September 21, 2006

Every now and then I get an email that just knocks my socks off. Well, this week I received such an email from a lady who lives right outside Durant, Oklahoma a few miles. Actually this was the second email Patty Wells had sent me..... the first was sometime back telling about her bell collection. So I knew Patty had a bell collection, but boy, this lady has got a collection like no other in the state of Oklahoma! Patty has accumulated around 50 bells over the years, some just ordinary cast iron dinner bells, but some are bells extraordinaire. Just looking at some of her bells makes me want to drive over to her place and starting ringing every one! Of course, she would probably think I was crazy. But then since she is an avid bell collector, she just might not. lol

Here is a Folder with a few of Patty's bells.

"Butch!.... recent talk about the perfect Hamburger reminds me of the Fall of 1952...a new menu item at JOY'S GRILL on the main drag in Healdton..the JOYBURGER...specially baked buns from Ford's Bakery easily the size of a dinner plate..or larger..triple meat, cheese, tomato, lettuce, pickle, mayo and mustard... often called a DOCTOR BURGER because Healdton's lady doctor, EmmaJean Anthis was very fond of 'em. I continually search for something comparable...flame broiled just doesnt cut it. My wife constantly telling me to enjoy what I can find, 'cause I ain't gonna find a JoyBurger no-way, no-how. I continue the search. Someone told me the burgers at the bowling alley in Lone Grove come as close as any to a JoyBurger. When the snow flies here in the high country, I'll escape to Okla and check-in at the Lone Grove establishment. Until then, thanks for the weekly newsletter. An eagerly awaited weekly thrill!!!!" -Li'l ol' Sonny McClanahan
"Butch, I found these in a box of old pictures. I wondered if you could identify them. I think one is Bob Wills but I don't recognize the other band members. I'm sorry the owner didn't label the photos and give them better care." -Glenda at Duncan
"I was wondering if u could get me a copy of the pic in the newsletter "this and that" jan 1999 to mar 1999 of the 1914 pic of the Radium Well and four bathhouses at Claremore, Oklahoma even were in Claremore it was located i called chamber of commerce at Claremore and they didn't tell me anything but the only thing left is s shell of the building, they wouldn't even give me the location."
"here are the pics i took today of 2 of the bathhouses that remain in Claremore one happened to be tore down and a back but there, i will eventually check at claremore library for more info on them. one pic is of a street sign but i don't think ya can read it, i should have gotten closer to it. they are in town of claremore, they were a sulfur bath houses why they named it radium i don't know but hope to find out. see ya later." -Arlie Welker

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

Butch, Looks like our history goes "way back". I've been going through years of my mother's receipts and memorabilia. Not saying she was a packrat (because I tend to be one too), but she kept every receipt from the time they purchased their home at 2500 Third NE in 1964.

I have attached a Carmon Lumber Company receipt and canceled check for storm windows purchased in 1980. The company name is stamped at the top of the receipt but is so faint it didn't copy.

Sure wish I could buy 11 storm windows for $359.22 now!!

Thought you'd get a kick out of this.
A 1934 campaign card of Frank Jackson for Constable.
Q. Hey Butch!! I was wondering if you knew what Gene Autry’s school mascot was?

A. Cowboys. And Cowgirls. Woodland west of Davis was the Warriors. -Doug Williama

"The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain." -My fair Lady 1964

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges

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