This and That Newsletter

Vol 13  Issue 635     Circulation 5,000      March 26, 2009

PO Box 2

Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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580-657-8616 (not a toll free number)

I learned this week about a falls located in far northern Carter county, south of Hennipen.  As best he remembers it was called 12 Mile Springs or something like that.  He saw it many years ago while tromping around that area exploring caves, and said it was the most beautiful falls.  Maybe some of you remember this falls in the Arbuckle mountains?

I received an interesting email this week along with an attachment.  It came from a lady in Arizona who was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.  Here is her own words:

"Hi Butch, Here's the picture of the metal Pepsi Cola sign I told you about. I got it from a friend 30 years ago, who knew that it came from Oklahoma. Today we googled "Gertie's Grocery, OK" and found info on your web site about Gertie Morgan's Cash Grocery on the highway north of Healdton, OK. I would love to see a picture of the store that shows this sign. I'm sure it was outdoor; it measures 51" high x 42" wide. It's double sided-2 identical sides screwed together. Thanks."  -Rebecca

A number of years ago someone wrote in to the Mailbag telling some history of Gertie's Grocery.  I don't remember the Reader' name, but maybe there are others out there that remembers Gertie's.   Here is the metal sign Rebecca owns in Arizona.

Speaking of area grocery stores, the grocer webpage has had several updates the past few days.

Thanks to some of you Readers, all the people in the 1969 APD photo have probably been identified except #18 the OHP officer.

Doug Williams has been growing some new sprouts from his 6 year old plumeria plant also known as the  Hawaiian leis.  Doug will have them for sale at the Earth First Expo being held Saturday April 18 at Banc First on Main Street in Ardmore.  If  you want some of Doug's plumeria, you better get there early.

There has been some webpages added to the Carter County Government website the past few weeks.  One lists the upcoming Jury Dockets.

Also added was the various meeting agendas for the county boards and their minutes.

I've made some more progress on the shed made from wood pallets. It's really coming along better than I thought it would when I first came up with the idea.  Finally got a tin roof on.  Now to get some kind of siding on it, then 3/4 inch rock on the floor.

This next pic is a view of the thick metal brackets I set in concrete at each corner of the shed.  The concrete also is down in a hole a dug below the square concrete you see in the picture.  Hopefully this will secure the shed to the ground.

Jill snuck up on me and snapped a picture of me working.

As soon as I get the shed finished, I'll start on the chicken coop.  I've already got one picked out I want to fashion mine after.  I found it on

Wayne Vaughn found an old empty Havoline oil can this week.  I don't know the age, but it has no zip code on it.  I remember in the 60s the friends I ran with wouldn't be caught dead with a can of Havoline around the house, must less put it in our cars.  But times have changed.

Well, maybe the economic recovery that we've been hearing so much about on the news has started.  For several years I've always paid $2.11 for the best milk in Oklahoma.  Today I only paid $1.95 for the same item.

Now if gas prices will come on down, which by the way jumped up 12 to 15 cents the past 24 hours.  Ten cheapest places to buy gas in the Ardmore area......

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Museum Memories - Contributed by Melinda Taylor
Extracted from the Lone Grove Ledger archives (originally taken from The Daily Ardmoreite)

85 years ago:
Aug. 5 - Hewitt.  The work on the new Methodist church is progressing nicely and the building will be ready for occupancy soon.

Nov. 18 - The Methodist Church, South, people will no doubt be the first to have a church building in Wilson, although it will be a close race, between that denomination and the Christians. Rev. Dr. W. U. Witt of Ardmore, presiding elder for this district, has closed a contract with the Wilson Townsite Company for two lots on which to put a church building and parsonage immediately. The South Methodists now have a church structure in the course of construction at Hewitt and it will be moved to the Wilson site. Rev. H. B. Thompson, now located at Lone Grove, has the circuit including Wilson, and will preach there after the church is located. Rev. Witt intends making Wilson a permanent charge with a pastor stationed there regularly. The Christian Church at Hewitt will also be moved to Wilson in the near future.

Dec. 2 - The Methodist Church has been moved from here to Wilson.

March 31 - The Methodist Episcopal Church announced the following appointments: Lone Grove and Wilson, J. C. Sessums; Woodford, Charles Mann

The Wilson Historical Museum has a collection of church notebooks filled with histories, news articles, records and pictures. All churches from Wilson and the surrounding communities are represented. You are welcome to stop by and look at these notebooks or add information and pictures.
Wilson Historical Museum is open 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tues., Thur., Fri., Sat.

"Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship"  -Benjamin Franklin

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges

PO Box 2
Lone Grove, Oklahoma 73443

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Oklahoma Bells:
American Flyers Memorial Fund - Administration Webpage
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Ardmore Army Air Field/Ardmore Air Force Base Website
Mirror Site of the Ardmore Army Air Field/Ardmore Air Force Website
Carter county schools, past and present
Carter County Government Website

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