This and That Newsletter

Vol 11  Issue 558     Circulation 5,000      October 4, 2007

Ardmore, Oklahoma

HUGO. OKLAHOMA. The Goodland Indian mission and orphanage (today called the Goodland Academy) was under the direction of the Southern Presbyterian Church for the education of Indian youth - is the oldest school in continuous operation in Oklahoma. Visitors are welcome to the campus, located two miles southwest of Hugo. Together with several modern buildings, the old church and the log cabin office of Basil LeFlore, Governor of the Choctaw Nation from 1859 to 1860, are still standing. Remaining open during the Civil War, Choctaw troops drilled on the campus for service in the Confederacy, but when the conflict ended, the institution returned to its primary goal, education.

Some photos of the Goodland Indian Mission near Hugo, Oklahoma

HUGO, OKLAHOMA. Rose Hill plantation was the noted home of Col. Robert M. Jones, wealthiest Choctaw, and owner of 500 slaves. One of the finest antebellum homes of Indian Territory, the Robert M. Jones mansion, was built about one mile south of this historical marker. Richly decorated with crystal chandeliers imported from Europe, it was renown throughout the Choctaw Nation. Today only a row of gaunt massive cedars marks what was once a carefully maintained lawn and walk. Nearby is the family cemetery, where Jones is buried beside his wife and children. -from the book Mark of Heritage

The tragedy of Rose Hill.........

A reader wrote in this week and mentioned Murphy's Machine Shop (see Mailbag below). If my memory serves me right, Murphy's was located where Stanley Street begins, at Mill Street, directly across the street west from the tall feed mill. Does anyone know where Murphys' Machine Shop was located in Ardmore?

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

"Butch, I read an article in T&T a couple of weeks ago and I would like to add some information to that. I drilled an oil well in the top of the sand hills at Waynoka in the spring of 1958. I was rig supt. for Jack Grace Drilling co. We drilled the well for Mayflow Petroleum Company. My drillers were John Morris, Robert Paul, Jim Graves, John and crew were out of Munster, TX and I send T&T to him each week. We got a fair well but it was to expensive to produce, had to keep road grader on location 24/7, just to much sand. Mr DeVilbliss owned the part of sand hills we drilled in. He and Mr Harmon started the Waynoka Rattlesnake hunt and they were members of the chamber of commerce. The chamber was in charge if the camels, they had a one hump camel and a two hump camel. They brought them out to the rig I am sending pics of camel and rattlesnake hunt! I just walked up to festivities and they said sold to hoot $20.00 was the prettiest snake of the hunt? They skinned it and cooked it, I gave the meat to the crew! and I had the snake mounted and gave to biology teacher. Wonderful people! Thanks."  -Hoot Gilbert

Waynoka. Formerly Keystone. In southwestern Woods County. Post office name changed to Waynoka, April 10, 1889. The name is from a Cheyenne word meaning "sweet water".  -Oklahoma Place Names

"This was the Washita River by Ravia, on Monday, the state was clearing the log jam from the floods in June. I came by today and forgot the camera but the logs were all on the side of the bank. That track hoe is 40 feet out on the water on the logs. There we two bull dozers moving the logs the track hoe picked up." -Doug Williams

"Dear Butch, I read your newsletter to my mother, Evelyn Beckham Morris, each week.  She has lost her eyesight but at 84 years of age still has a keen mind, and after reading the T&T to her she often expounds on the people or places you've mentioned that week.  Recently, after reading about Elmer Leroy Baker, my mom told me that Mr. Baker and her parents, Finley and Millie Beckham, were good friends and that he often visited them at "the old farm place."  She also told me that my grandmother was a frequent writer for the Ardmore Democrat newspaper, submitting articles on local news, crops, people, etc.  Do you know if any of those papers still exist somewhere?  I would love to read them, on-line, if possible.
Thank you for your informative weekly "history" lessons.  I was born in Ardmore, moved when I was about 5 years old, and I'm becoming more interested in it and Oklahoma in general.  I'm curious if Jill enjoys as many hamburgers as you or if she opts to order other things.  I love hamburgers but don't think I could make them my primary diet food of choice.  Although I must admit, many of the pictures make them look mighty tasty!  Keep up the good work." -Priscilla Bottom

"I just participated in the Chisholm trail cattle drive recreation.  I was on the first leg from Fleetwood to Rush Springs.  The cattle drive is one of the state's centennial projects. We took 450 head of longhorn steers up the trail.  Most of the way we were on the shoulder of Highway 81.  the drive is due to end in Caldwell Kansas October the 5th.  There is a big shindig scheduled for the 5th in Caldwell." -Keith Prater
"I need help in researching the history of Woodville Oklahoma before it was covered with Lake Texoma were should I look to find the records of the town , old newspapers and etc. My grandparents were living at Woodville OK according to the 1900 census  R.H. and Sarah (Franny) Webb  R.H. Webb is buried in Woodville Cemetery his grave was moved when they made Lake Texoma I am hoping someone can help me were are the records of the old news papers and etc. Was there ever a relay station there?  and was there ever a stage coach lines that came through Woodville.  if so where did they change horses for  different horses and eat? I have many questions I hope someone can help me."

I've been in petroleum pipeline business for about 31 years, currently working for the Kinder-Morgan Pipeline here in San Jose, CA. We deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period from the pipe line; one day it's diesel, the next day it's jet fuel and gasoline. We have 34 storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons. Here are some tricks to help you get your money's worth. Fill up your car or truck in the morning when the temperature is still cool. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground; and the colder the ground, the denser the gasoline. When it gets warmer gasoline expands, so if you're filling up in the afternoon or in the evening, what should be a gallon is not exactly a gallon.

In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and temperature of the fuel (gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products) are significant. Every truckload that we load is temperature-compensated so that the indicated gallonage is actually the amount pumped. A one-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for businesses, but service stations don't have temperature compensation at their pumps.

If a tanker truck is filling the station's tank at the time you want to buy gas, do not fill up; most likely dirt and sludge in the tank is being stirred up when gas is being delivered, and you might be transferring that dirt from the bottom of their tank into your car's tank.

Fill up when your gas tank is half-full (or half-empty), because the more gas you have in your tank the less air there is and gasoline evaporates rapidly, especially when it's warm. (Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating 'roof' membrane to act as a barrier between the gas and the atmosphere, thereby minimizing evaporation .)

If you look at the trigger you'll see that it has three delivery settings: slow, medium and high. When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to the high setting. You should be pumping at the slow setting, thereby minimizing vapors created while you are pumping. Hoses at the pump are corrugated; the corrugations act as a return path for vapor recovery from gas that already has been metered. If you are pumping at the high setting, the agitated gasoline contains more vapor, which is being sucked back into the underground tank so you're getting less gas for your money .

Hope this will help ease your 'pain at the pump'.

"Well folk, I have been sitting here watching the snow fall all day and the first male moose I've seen up here. He has been walking around about two hours. Him and several foxes. The snow really has some of the animals moving around. It's not that cold; the snow isn't sticking to the pavement. In fact, I was talking to a friend down the mountain about 6 miles and it has only rained there today.

The real reason I'm writing is because I found an interesting web site with over a thousand videos on Oklahoma. The site is at You just click on a site and all videos from that area are available. I learned some things about Ardmore I didn't know." -Monroe

Estate Sale of Louise Posey and the late Mickey Posey. Sat Oct 6th at 7:30am.  Place:   231 12th NW in Ardmore.

"I got a much cleaner picture of the Cornish Orphans Home at Cornish, Oklahoma  from Melinda Taylor at The Wilson Historical Museum." -Ted Edwards (TM)

"Unbelievable site. I never knew it existed until today. I am retired (disabled) and want to do some metal detecting around my home town of Anadarko. Most interesting places are owned by either the federal government or a tribe. I have done much online research trying to find other places.  Do you know of any internet sites that will help turn up locations of places to hunt?  Thanks."  - Martin Bates
"I loved the link last week to THE CARS WE DROVE.  What really caught my attention was the flat head roadster in the introduction was actually accompanied by the sound of a flat head Ford engine.  I know because John Murphy had an old Ford flat head pickup that we drag raced in Ardmore and at Green Valley Raceway outside of Fort Worth in the early 60's. At that time Green Valley was an AHRA sanctioned strip and at the Labor Day Nationals held in 1964, John set the records for low ET (elapsed time) and high MPH for Formula 8, D Stock.  The records stood for a few years. John's granddad owned Murphy's Machine Shop which was located at the east end of Stanley and we spent many weekends and evening working on that pickup.  We had a great time and it didn't cost a lot to have fun at the drags in those days." -Monroe Cameron

"Butch, I was watching the Food Network the other night, and they were having a special about the best hamburger in the USA.  It came down to 3 finalists.....Meers, Bobcat Bite (outside Santa Fe), and one other I can't remember.  The winner was Bobcat Bite.  I've eaten at both Meers and Bobcat, and I must say that Bobcat has a slight edge.  At least our home state of Oklahoma hamburger has gotten some national attention!"  -Kerry
The Evening Ardmoreite
Ardmore, Chickasaw Nation
Thursday, November 9, 1893
Vol. I, No. 12

By Telegraph
JOHN POFF, aged 70, residing in the Chickasaw country west of Purcell, met with death in a peculiar but horrible manner a few days ago. He was working in a cornfield, smoking a pipe when his long beard took fire from a spark from his pipe; the fire was communicated to his clothes and corn husks. He died in agony.

"Butch, I live just a few blocks east of the cemetery in Shawnee where the Brewster Higley (Home on the Range) memorial is located. It is still there,-on Harrison Street, near the west gate of the cemetery." -Nellie Combe

There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges

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