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Vol 23  Issue 1,167     Circulation 5,000      June 6, 2019
Ardmore, Oklahoma
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Galoob Dry Goods - Healdton Oklahoma
Galoob Iron & Supply Company

Sam Galoob arrived in New York City from Russia in the year 1911. He was born in 1880 and had been serving in the military under the Czar of Russia. He moved west from New York City, spending time in Louisville Kentucky, as a tailor. It was there he met his wife, Sarah Tarvis Galoob, and in 1915 they headed west again, landing in Oklahoma City, and later in Newalla. During these early years in Oklahoma, Sam was in partnership with Mr. Janger, and those two families are having their first family reunions in July, 1982. Sam was primarily in the grocery and dry goods business.

In 1922, Sam and Sarah moved to Healdton, and opened a dry goods store. The oil business was in full swing, and the business prospered, but due to poor health, he had to sell out in 1931. After a period of recuperation, he regained his health. In 1937 Sam purchased a junkyard in the area of 2nd and Franklin streets in Healdton. This business was the forerunner of the Galoob Iron & Supply Company, which has served Healdton and the surrounding oil fields for many years. Sarah died in 1932, and Sam lived until 1972 at the age of 92.
Sarah and Sam had seven children: Dorothy, Ruth, Maxine, Henry, Leon, Maurice, and Lewis.
-Indian Territory and Carter County Pioneers book 1982

Q.  One of the largest music festivals in the U.S. takes place each year in this tiny town in Oklahoma?
A.  Every year in the small town of Pryor, Oklahoma, over 100,000 people come together for the largest Memorial Day Party in America at Rocklahoma.

Q.  The outdoor playground at this children's museum in Oklahoma is one of largest of its kind in the world. Where in Oklahoma is this playground?
A.  Answer in next week's newsletter

Ardmoreite Stan Daugherty did a painting on canvas a few weeks ago of the 1108 Locomotive that came from Gainesville with doctors and nurses after the Big Explosion of 1915 at the Ardmore depot.

Today (June 6th) is D-Day and America honors those who served in our Armed Forces on that day 75 years ago, and especially to those who gave all. I am thankful Bill Main got all the names all "re-whited in" on Ardmore's war memorial next to Central Park. Many of the names had faded out over the past few years. I have 2 uncles whose names are on the memorial. Bill did a fantastic job, looks great. Thank you Bill Main.

The photo below is located in the Military section of the Greater Southwest Museum in Ardmore. Several have asked where was the photo taken, and its presumed in Ardmore. Anyone recognize the place and building location?

April 2004
Carter County Commissioners learned this week that the bridge over Bull Creek on Cheek Road has been closed by state inspectors. Commissioners plan to replace the bridge this summer.

April 1935
Carter County's long war on wolves must have been successful according to a report made to state headquarters by R. L. Thomas, government trapper. Thomas devoted 8 straight days to a tour of Pooleville country in search of wolf signs and found nothing to indicate any of the beast are still in operation. Thomas, whose camp is now in Murray County, reported two wolves were caught during March in that county.

For over a month our fancy dancy, no agitator, always sensing, Maytag washer has been acting up. Like going part way through a wash, and then just stops, especially when it reached the Rinse/Spin mode. Most times it would never spin the water out and took 10 or more times to get it restarted to finish up. A couple weeks ago I decided to put a surge protector on it. I bought a top-of-the-line Tripp Lite surge protected. Its been over two weeks and the washer has never missed a cycle. I knew the washer had several "sensing" modes during a cycle. And thought maybe the electricity was playing havoc with its ability to sense from one cycle to another during the cycles. Anyway, so far its never missed a lick, runs through all the cycles with no problem.

Below are some pavers and gravestones I made this week.

Below is from This and That newsletter archives of June 7, 2007

I am always thrilled when some 'old timer' calls me and shares some piece of history. This week that very thing happened. I received a call from Iris Larson telling about her grandmother, Dona Arnold (wife of Claude Arnold), working at the "county home" back in the 1940s. The following is a summary of our conversation and things Iris remembered about the county home: The county home was located at C Street SW and Myall next to the railroad crossing at Myall. Dona Arnold was paid about $50 a month to take care of about a dozen people housed in the county home on county property. (In later years the property would be the District 3 Barn.) The people housed at the county home had no money or family or place to live, and the county took care of them. There were about 3 buildings on the property, with people housed in each one along with a cow out back for milk, a garden for vegetables, all used to help feed the residents housed in the county home. As a child Iris would sit on the porch swing at the county home and waving at the troop trains as they passed by. There were two residents of the home in particular Iris remembers, Pete Fonby and Charley Taylor. Original building was a two story, but it was razed by fire. If anyone has any memories of this county run home on C SW, send me an email. I wonder when the 'county home' first started housing indigent people?
Jill and I stopped by Hobo Joe's at Madill on our way to Durant last Saturday morning to get a cup of 55 cent coffee and see what was cooking for breakfast. I chose two eggs over easy, sausage, hash browns and white gravy and two biscuits, all for $3.75. Just like a home cooked meal.
About 5 miles north of Wapanuka, Oklahoma is a little country store that's been ran by Melvin and Mattie Hershberger for many years. His Amish store has had lots of visitors down through the years. We bought the marble cheese Melvin keeps in the fridge, and let me tell you, it may be the best cheese I've ever tasted.

But another interesting thing we saw was just across the street south from the church and bell, an old water well.
Speaking of good food, just when I think I'm about to run out of places to find a great hamburger, I found one of the best in Sanger, Texas at a place called Wimpie's Hamburgers. It's located one the service lane of I-35, on the west side of the interstate. Boy, do they put out a great burger.
When Jill and I were down at Lake Murray (south of the lodge) last Sunday afternoon, I noticed a Killdeer bird hanging around where we were sitting. I knew she probably had eggs laying on the ground nearby and was trying to protect them. So we got up to look and Jill spotted one egg just 6 feet from our lawn chairs.
"Greetings Butch...noticed someone referenced the Dairy Queen in Ardmore at E street and Broadway as being originated by Ernie and Fran Miller. In fact the Millers purchased it from the Perry's who came here in the early 1950's and built the then new Dairy Queen. I went to school with their son, Ed Perry and after he graduated from AHS and went to college they retired and sold the Dairy Queen to the Millers...... that's the rest of the story."
"The Bailey family lived in Mr. Talley's big brick house there on the SE corner of 3rd and G NE in Ardmore. Their son's name was Kenneth. He was a little older than I was. I seem to remember his dad had been an Air Force man. Anyway -- they had the Chuck Wagon Barbeque place that sat so long at the SW Corner of what's now SH 199 and P Street NE."

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

Before there was an In & Out Burger in California there was Mark's In & Out in Livingston, Montana. It opened in 1954. I ran across the place in 2005 because our builder was located in Livingston. I drove to Bozeman to run some errands yesterday and decided to drive over to Livingston for a foot long chili dog and a peanut butter shake for dinner. Their burgers are pretty good but it's the chili dog I crave. In the summer you can't get close to the place. -Monroe
I took Tricia to the airport this morning at 3:30. I took this picture of Lone Mountain, Montana at 6:00 coming back home. This is our first cloudless day in about 10 days. The temperature was 32 degrees. -Monroe
About the mural on the wall of Gorell's Karate in Madill. If you think that mural is interesting, you should have seen the one before it was painted. It was a mural of Lake Texoma that took up the whole wall. Many people going down Highway 70 through Madill would stop to see it. A unique thing about it was, it had been painted with the South at the top because that was the direction you would be if you were standing on the shore. I know a former professor of cartography and geography/map from East Central University in Ada who would bring groups to see the mural and tell about it on field trips. He was surprised when on one trip, the Lake mural was gone and the Karate mural was up. I hope there is someone out there with a picture of the Lake Texoma mural. I wonder if it is still there under the Karate mural. -C & D Wise

"I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn." -Henry David Thoreau

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges

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