This and That Newsletter
Vol 22  Issue 1,132     Circulation 5,000      October 4, 2018
Ardmore, Oklahoma
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The Ardmore Institute of Health shared the following photos of Lorena Park that used to be Dornick Hills. In 1977 I was in Columbus, Ohio at an national EMS board meeting. Rocco V. Morando was the executive director of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and organizer of that first meeting on January 8, 1977. When he learned I was there representing the Oklahoma EMT Association and from Ardmore, he told me he had been to Ardmore and asked if I ever heard of Lorena Park. I said yes. Rocco said when he was stationed at the Ardmore Airbase in the 40s he road the trolley car from Ardmore to Lorena Park for some R&R. Small world.

Here is the first EMT Association newsletter I produced and mailed every other month to 1,200 Oklahoma EMTs starting in January 1977. 41 years ago, hard to believe so much time has passed.

The above newsletter mentions an Emergency and Defensive Driving course of which James "Pudge" Bowers was the instructor. I remember about 1973 setting up the first demonstration of a Hurst Tool (Jaws of Life) in Ardmore. Pudge Bowers, an instructor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, had the nearest Hurst tool. I called Pudge, and he brought over his Jaws of Life tool and put on a demonstration. Local wrecker driver Lee Brown provided us with the cars for practice. Pudge only asked for mileage and the association paid him $30.00 for his trip over from Durant. One sad note: In October 1982 Pudge Bowers was fishing along with a friend on the Glover River in McCurtain county. A couple of guys came up and robbed them, then shot them both. Their bodies were found the next day by searchers. Pudge was a great guy and conducted many classes back in the day in an effort to improve emergency medical services in southern Oklahoma.

Q.  Where in Oklahoma is a restaurant that is quirky and unique like a hunting lodge you wished you owned?
A.   Trapper's Fish Camp is like the hunting lodge you wish you owned, but it's right in Oklahoma City. You'll find it at 4300 W Reno Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73107.

Q.  Where in Oklahoma is a one-of-a-kind elephant ranch that is home to the second largest herd of Asian elephants in America?
A.  Answer in next week's newsletter

Below is from This and That newsletter archives of October 12, 2006

T&T Reader Nellie Combe of Shawnee sent me an email last week telling about a story in the September 29, 2006 issue of the Shawnee News Star newspaper. The article tells about the 1903 bridge along with pictures and how it still makes life so much easier for those who live near Wanette and Byars, Oklahoma area. The bridge is known to the locals there as 'the escape' because it allows them a quick getaway to other parts of the state. It was originally a bridge for the railway, but when the railroad abandoned the bridge in 1960 local residents made a push to turn it into a bridge between Wanette and Byars. They efforts were successful, and they threw a BBQ at the bridge to celebrate with 1,000 people attending!
A Reader called this week telling about a WWII airplane that crashed in eastern Oklahoma near the town of Moyers, Oklahoma. Moyers is just a few miles north of Antlers. What made this 1943 crash so different was the plane was British airmen.
Grover Wells came through again with a great set of pictures this week. They are of the old Fort Washita before its restoration in the 1960s. Ft Washita is located east of Madill, Oklahoma.
We had eggs "over easy" this week, and in one of the egg shells was 2 yolks! So I guess they were twins, but dont know if they were boys or girls. lol I think its pretty rare to find two yolks in one egg these days.

"Does anyone remember the Lime tree that was on the S.W. corner of Caddo and Fifth N.E. by the viaduck in the 1950's in Ardmore, Oklahoma?"
"I would like for you to share this "Lamburger" from SW Colorado with you T&T readers. It had the greatest flavor... not strong. It was lean, juicy, and 1/2 inch thick. So...oooooooooo good, I didn't even need mustard, mayo or other stuff to hide the flavor."
"I heard about a Mrs. Busby that had her children stolen from her. According to the story she found a son (Stephen Busby) living in Thackerville, Okla. The story of her search was published in the Ardmore paper in 1920. Have you any information about this story. Thanks." -Wayne Gilland
"Butch, here is another copy of the Panoramic View of Lone Grove. This picture is from a 35mm slide, that has been cropped to eliminate most of the sky and the hood of the car. It is a wide photo 1499 x 586 pixels. I have no idea where that slide is. I cropped it during the scan. I think most of those building are gone except the last building on the left. The house with the gray roof. That is where your uncle Ira Bridges and family live when I was going to school at Lone Grove in the 40's and 50's. I used the previous photo in a website." -C. Blaine Segler in Oxnard, California

"I appreciate your help. I have since found out it was an iron door instead of an iron gate over by Lawton, and has been found and lost by a number of people over the years. Some say the iron doors are in a cave, some say a mine. The best source I have found so far is from "A Guide to Treasure in Oklahoma," Volume 1, by Mary L. Carson."
"Hi Butch. It was Darla Thompson who won the rodeo queen race in 1976. She was a Little Okie when younger. She still lives in Ardmore."

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

Dear Friends, If you recently received an email from me, titled “Time Change”, then you will find this email to be a repeat of that one. But because of a computer problem, some of you did not receive the email. So here is the message I want to share with you.

You may know that I will open for The Sons of the Pioneers on November 9 at the Poncan Theatre in Ponca City, OK. BUT SHOWTIME HAS BEEN CHANGED TO 6:30PM. To see my full schedule, please go to my website. Thanks. -Les Gilliam

“The Oklahoma Balladeer”
Butch, Was going through some pictures this evening and came across this photograph taken in Lebanon, Marshall County. My great grandparents, Charles Weaver and Mattie Lee (Eubanks) Robeson lived there, as well as both sets of great great grandparents, John Marion & Ellen (Self) Robeson and William Lovejoy & Bedie Elizabeth (Holley) Eubanks who are buried in the Lebanon Cemetery. My great grandparents moved to Stephens County (east of Comanche) in the early 1930's, so this photo would predate their move.

I don't know anything about the photo (nothing was written on the back), but my great grandfather had a threshing machine, so it is possible he is in the picture. Just thought I'd share it in case you wanted to include it in the This and That Newsletter.

Lisa (and Rome) Ingle
Broken Arrow, OK

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock,
And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin' turkey-cock
And the clackin' of the guineys, and the cluckin' of the hens,
And the rooster's hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence;
O, it's then's the times a feller is a-feelin' at his best,
With the risin' sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,
As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock,
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock.

-James Whitcomb Riley 1896
When Riley died, Woodrow Wilson called him “a man who imparted joyful pleasure and a thoughtful view of many things that other men would have missed,” and some 35,000 people filed past his casket in the Indiana State Capitol.

When the Frost is on the Pumpkin by Dixie Rogers

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges

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