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Vol 13  Issue 639     Circulation 5,000      April 23, 2009

PO Box 2

Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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If you missed the OKHOLA Rendezvous in Ada last Sunday, you missed a great opportunity to learn about the Ada hanging 100 years ago in which a mob strung up 4 men.  There were 3 guest speakers, and each one brought his own spin of the events that took place 100 years ago that was transmitted around the world.  The first speaker, Bill James, from Corinth, Texas welcomed everyone and told about how he first started researching the hanging back in 1978 with his first trip to Ada.

The second speaker was Chuck Parsons from Luling, Texas.  He is the author of many books on the old west.  As you listen to Chuck you can tell he's a detail man.  He travels all over the country finding those little details of history that others may miss in their research.  Chuck had plenty of his research on the Ada hanging to share with everyone.

And lastly the President of OKOLHA, Herman Kirkwood, of Oklahoma City addressed the group.  Herman's a one-of-a-kind speaker, grab everyone's attention, and hold you almost spellbound until he's finished.  If it wasn't for his wife, Sharon, watching the clock, Herman can hold your attention with his detailed accounts of Oklahoma history way past lunch, believe me.  But you know, its all so interesting, you don't mind.  You just want Herman to keep on talking.  Thanks Herman, and Chuck, and Bill, your knowledge and expertise of bygone days is appreciated by so many all over the U.S. and the world.

Here's a pic of the group in attendance last Sunday morning.

We all met at Townsend and 10th street in downtown Ada where there is a beautiful granite marker to commemorate the hanging incident (thanks for the generosity of Bill James).

I snapped this picture of the McSwain Theater, it's currently being remodeled by the Chickasaw Nation.  I remember as a wee teen when we visited my great aunt in Ada, we'd walk down to the McSwain theater for a Sunday afternoon movie.

Here is a marker recognizing the "Queen City of the Chickasaw Nation" located by the railroad track in downtown Ada.

A couple blocks away on Main Street of Ada is the Hamburger King.  They close at 2pm and Sundays, so we have never been in town when the Hamburger King is open.  But I did stop and take some pictures, and I could smell that hamburger aroma seeping through the door as I stood there, I sure wanted one.  Herman Kirkwood and the OKHOLA group had already eaten there the day before (Saturday) and said the burger was so big, he could hardly eat it all.  And delicious is an understatement according to Herman.  Hopefully soon Jill and I will be in Ada at a time the Hamburger King is open.  I can hardly wait.

We did stop at Poor Girls Cafe in Sulphur on the way home and ate some good home style cooking.  I ordered the Chicken Fry and Jill the catfish plate.

While we are on history conferences, don't forget the Oklahombres 20th Anniversary Rendezvous in Madill this weekend. Starts at 9:30 AM Saturday at the Woman's Center Building at the Marshall County Fair Grounds. Includes talks on the Wiley Lynn - Crocket Long shootout plus a reenactment. Talk on the shooting of Deputy Sheriff Eugene Moore, first law enforcement officer killed by Clyde Burrow which was before he met Bonnie Parker. Other speakers and other activities. Free to the public.  Jill and I are planning to attend and hope to see some of you there!

Sylvia Moore sent in a couple photos of the old store at Baum, Oklahoma.  The Baum store was ran at one time by her parents, Doc and Elvie West.  The store is longer there, but I remember riding my Honda to Baum in my teenage years to buy a pop there, when Pete Middleton (x-Ardmore fire chief) was running the store.

I been googling around trying to find the 1921 movie 'Fate' with Clara Smith Hamon, but haven't ran across a copy of it yet.  You all will remember Clara shot Ardmore oil millionaire Jake Hamon and he died a few days later in Dr. Hardy's hospital.  Clara would later move to California where she married a movie producer, and starred in the silent movie 'Fate" which was suppose to be about the Ardmore incident.

In one of our bird houses are 3 little baby blue birds.  I found a picture on the Internet of the exact same mother that's been going in and out of the bird house.  Beautiful.

Last week I was shopping around for new tires for our car and kept going back to RT's Tire Shop on North Washington because he had the best deal it seemed to me.  The tires were 225 x 50 x 17 and other places were much higher then the $115 each Tom Ingram said he would charge me, including mounting and balancing.   But I did notice the tires were made in Korea (same place our 2006 Hyundai Sonata is made).  Since my cousin Poss has lived in Korea since 1984 I wrote him to find out more about the Hankook tires.  Within 20 minutes of emailing Poss (I call him Leon), he emailed me back with the following:

"Butch, my wife Kim just read your message and laughed because you sent a message all the way to Korea to ask about tires. Bottom line, she's been using Hankook (Hanguk) tires on her Sonata for the past 14 years (she bought it new here in Korea) and has only had to replace the tires twice since she purchased the car. She's never had any problems with the tires and they have held up very good over the years. Fair, wear, and tear here in Korea does take it's toll on tires probably about as much as they do back in Oklahoma.  My thoughts are you have a Korean made car why not have Korean made tires on the car. The price sounds good as well when considering tax and balancing are included in the cost. We're lucky enough here in Korea that the people we bought the car from in 1995 have provided excellent after-sales service on the car.  She just replaced the shock absorbers, struts, ball joints on the front, had the car serviced for all fluid changes, lubed, plus the A/C checked and it only cost us just over $300 which is excellent for the work they did on the car."   -Leon Bridges Ford aka Poss in Korea

Kim and Leon's endorsement was all I needed.  I told Tom to get the steel belted tires ordered, and 4 days later they were on our car.  The rest is history.

Ardmoreite James Clark has his new Blog up and running.  If you're into hot topics, here's the place to be!  Chime on in, share your thoughts and opinions.

After last week's T&T and me reporting the wood pallet shed was almost finished, Jill and I decided to add an addition on to it.  The roof is hinged and can be raise up to walk inside when needed.  Jill has been busy putting shelves inside it so store oil and stuff.

Jill is wanting a small garden, so if anyone has a rotary tiller, give me a hollar.  She just wants about a 100 x 100 ft place (or less) on the east side of the house.

Ten cheapest places to buy gas in the Ardmore area......

Oklahoma History Boards!

Q.   What is the highest point in Oklahoma?
A.    Black Mesa in the panhandle

Q.    What president attended the dedication of Skyline Drive in 1961?
A.     (answer in next week's T&T)

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

"Butch-I discovered that I had made an error in one of the names of the two former Ardmore Army Air Field soldiers that we were searching for.  The Sgt. Robert H. Brookham name was incorrect.  It should have been listed as Sgt. Robert H. Brookman.  Guess I had a gear slip somewhere in the old noggin causing the name mix-up.  We had a report from one reader with some useful information about Sgt. Robert C. Surdam.  With a corrected name, maybe Sgt. Robert H. Brookman can be located."
"Butch, an older version of the Turner Falls Castle sign has the name "Collings" spelled correctly and states that it was built in the 1930s, but other accounts have it being built in the 1920s. Dr. Ellsworth C. Collings was a professor at the University of Oklahoma beginning in 1922 and the first Dean of the School of Education in 1926 under then university president William Bennett Bizzell, for whom the main campus library is named. He was dean for nearly 20 years and the College of Education main offices still reside in Collings Hall, named for Dr. Collings. Built in 1951, it is currently being expanded to nearly double its size with the new addition be dedicated to student and faculty use according to the Campaign for Collings Hall . I attended a class in this building on the campus South Oval in the 1970s as a student at OU, but did not realize that it was named for same person as the famous Turner Falls castle summer resident.

Educators remember Collings for his 1923 book, "An Experiment With a Project Curriculum," which described the effectiveness of certain progressive principles when employed in rural schools. However, Collings wrote many other works that remain largely forgotten and ignored. No complete bibliography exists, and his papers have not been preserved. Collings published at least six books on education. He also wrote ?The 101 Ranch? and ?The Old Home Ranch: the Will Rogers Range in the Indian Territory? as well as a children?s book entitled ?Adventures on a Dude Ranch? of which I own an autographed copy signed by Dr. Collings in 1940 that I am donating to the Arbuckle Historical Museum in Davis for their book collection."

Mickey Shackelford

"Butch, I am wanting to buy an old copy of the Carter County History book, do any of your readers have one that they would sell?"  -Doug
"Hi Butch;  I am sending you a photo of a beautiful bird that stopped off at my brothers feeder last week in Ardmore. WE can't figure out what kind of bird it is, so thought some of your readers might recognize it. I think he or she was just passing through if anyone has a clue please E-Mail me."

"Butch, this was on a website I found about the 1966 plane crash at Gene Autry."

Calvin Luther Herbert

Obituary: The Daily Ardmoreite, Ardmore, Oklahoma
Date: Monday Evening, October 9, 1905

Death of C. L. HERBERT

CALVIN LUTHER HERBERT departed life at 2:30 Sunday morning on the 47th birthday. He had been seriously ill of cirrhosis of the liver for several months and while his demise was expected, his death came as a shock to the town. His family, consisting of a widow and three children, are disconsolate and the town is in mourning. Funeral services were held at 2:30 this afternoon at the Christian Church. Interment under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity occurred at Rose Hill cemetery.

JUDGE HERBERT was born 47 years ago in Hardin County, Tennessee. In his early boyhood, his parents moved to Texas. At the age of 21, he was mayor of Denton, Texas. This was probably the only public office he ever held. While possessing clear0cut political views and taking an active interest in the affairs of state, he himself never sought any political honors. His educational advantages were not what they are in Texas now, but Mr. Herbert acquired a splendid knowledge of English and Latin and devoted himself closely to the study of law. It is doubtful whether any other man in the entire southwest possesses a finer knowledge of law than C. L. HERBERT. At the time of his death, he was attorney for the Rock Island railroad.

Judge Herbert moved here in the early history of the town. He was congenial and has hosts of friends in every town in the Southern district. He took special pride in the growth of Ardmore. He was always ready to do his full part in attracting enterprises to the city.

Judge Herbert was married in this city in 1890 to MISS MELVILLE L. CANNON. Three children have blessed their union. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, the Elks, and the Woodmen of the World

Judge Charles M. Campbell

Obituary published: The Daily Ardmoreite, Ardmore, Oklahoma
Date: Friday, February 4, 1916


It is a sad duty for the Ardmoreite to chronicle the death of JUDGE C.  M. CAMPBELL, who passed away at 7:29 this morning at his home on North Washington Street in this city.

He is survived by his wife and one daughter, MISS RAYE CAMPBELL who makes her home with her parents. Besides his immediate family, he is survived by a number of nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church Saturday afternoon at 2:00, followed by interment in the Rose Hill cemetery. DR. C. C. WEITH, pastor of the Presbyterian church, assisted by REV. J. W. BURNS, pastor of the Christian church, will conduct the funeral services. There will be a Masonic escort at the funeral, but outside of that, two lodges, the Masons and Elks, of which deceased was a member,
will not further officiate.

Relatives and friends have been notified by wire and a number will be here for the funeral. W. B. CAMPBELL, a nephew at Fort Worth, has arrived and also LOUIS SIMPSON, a brother of Mrs. Campbell, arrived from
Fort Worth. MRS. ROY C. MILLS of Ennis, Texas, a niece, is expected here today. Some of the relatives reside in New York and Selma, Alabama, and will not be here on account of the distance.

Judge CAMPBELL was the son of JAMES W. and SUSAN MORGAN CAMPBELL. He was the youngest of 13 children and was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, November 2, 1850.

In 1886, he was married to MISS MARY FRANCE SIMPSON at Austin, Texas, who survives him. Their only child, MISS RAYE CAMPBELL, was born to them in this city.

Judge and Mrs. Campbell moved to Ardmore from Paris, Texas in 1891. He practiced law here in the federal court, until 1897 when he appointed clerk of the federal court. He held the same office in Indian Territory
which his father had held in Tennessee, but at different dates. He was secretary of state senate in Texas while his brother LON CAMPBELL was lieutenant governor in 1879. He also served as treasurer of Marian
County, Texas, was deputy collector of internal revenue in 1878 and was post office inspector in 1884. He was the first chairman of the Republican executive committee in Indian Territory.

Judge CAMPBELL is the last member of his family to pass away. A scourge of yellow fever in Millican, Texas in 1867 cost the lives of his parents and other members of his family.

"Skinny Stewart was an All-State running back from Wilson in 1944. He went to Southeastern where he was All-Conference 3 years. He then joined the Army and after getting out, was drafted by the Redskins then played in the CFL for Saskatchescan Rough-Riders. Car wreck paralyzed him."

Arthur O. 'Skinny' Stewart

WILSON -- Services for Arthur O. "Skinny" Stewart, 71, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 18, 1998, at the Wilson Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Jim Gillum and Gary Labeth officiating. Interment will follow at Hewitt Cemetery.

Born Nov. 16, 1926, at Wilson, Okla., to Ollie M. and Callie Mae Shaw Stewart, he passed away July 16, 1998 at the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Ardmore.

Raised at Wilson, he received the Jim Thorpe Award before he graduated from Wilson High School in 1945. He graduated from Southeastern State College with his degree in education and physical education. While in college he was active in basketball, baseball and track, and was named All American football player. He later received his master's degree in counseling.

The Army veteran of World War II played professional football for the Washington Red Skins and was also in the Canadian League.

He was inducted into the Southeastern Hall of Fame and Coaches Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.

Skinny worked for the Tom Tipps Insurance Agency, was employed by the Carter County Sheriff's Department 12 years, then taught and coached football at Wilson schools before his retirement in 1996.

He is survived by a brother, Billy Ray Stewart of Sweetwater, Texas; a sister, Frances Phillips of Wilson; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Lea "Betsy" Stewart on Oct. 26, 1968; his mother, Callie Mae Stewart, Jan. 30, 1971; father, Ollie M. Stewart, Feb. 22, 1973; two sisters, Esteen Stewart Sales, June 12, 1938, and Virginia Stewart, March 3, 1921; and two brothers, Forrest Stewart in 1960, and Ollie Stewart Jr., Nov. 16, 1993.

Alexander Funeral Home will direct services.

Pallbearers will be Michael Paul O'Daniel, Sammy Goff, Mike Hyder, Butch Adams, Brad Sullivan and Ronald Giles.

"Butch, here is a great map of Indian territory that you can blow up and read where the cities were.  Umbria was right on the banks of Caddo creek south of Berwyn."  -Doug    I.T. Map
"Interesting site, Butch...  In my quest for answer for a census, I started reading up on the census headings. You know those little column boxes at the top of page/sheet, that are so tiny you can't read them. Column 18 on the 1910 was the person trade or occupation. This link was given to explain some of past occupation. Your T&T Readers might enjoy some insight on the past ancestor's occupation." -Fran

Oklahoma law Enforcement Memorial, Inc.
PO Box 10776
Oklahoma City, OK 73140-1776
(405)  619-2066

For Immediate Release

19 Oklahoma Fallen Officers to be Honored

Oklahoma lost four (4) law enforcement officers in the line of duty in 2008. Three (3) of their names will be engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officer?s Memorial in Washington, D.C. in May. In addition the names of sixteen (16) other officers who died years earlier in the line of duty in what is today the state of Oklahoma will be added to the national memorial.

The names will be dedicated on the national memorial at Judiciary Square during the 21th Annual Candle Light Vigil the evening of Wednesday, May 13th.

The nineteen (19) fallen officers being added from Oklahoma are:

Sherman Russell, Deputy US Marshal ? July 12, 1893

Ben J. Higbee, City Marshal, Coyle, I.T. ? February 1, 1904

Anderson Lewis, Sheriff, Gains County (Pittsburg Co), I.T. ? November 17, 1905

George Loney, Deputy Sheriff, Okfuskee County ? May 2, 1911

Fred Hollingsworth, Deputy Sheriff, Washita County ? July 12, 1915

G. Ralph Ellis, Deputy Constable of Bristow - November 7, 1915

Henry L. Harper, Deputy Sheriff, Harmon County ? September 14, 1919

Berry Jones, Sheriff, Okfuskee County - February 14, 1920

James D. Snider, Deputy Sheriff, Osage County ? February 13, 1921

Robert W. Arnold, Deputy Sheriff, Osage County ? December 14, 1924

David Samuel Robertson, Deputy Sheriff, Seminole Co/ Constable, Wolf ? Dec 11, 1929

Tom Hood, Deputy Sheriff, Sequoyah County ? March 27, 1933

William F. Jones, Constable, Frederick ? July 15, 1934

Charles Warner, Deputy US Marshal ? May 23, 1935

William C. Turner, Guard Foreman, Oklahoma Department of Corrections ? July 18, 1935

Thearel M. Johnson, City Marshal, Wister ? June 30, 1950

Dustin Shawn Duncan, Deputy Sheriff, Latimer County ? February 4, 2008

Leslie Wilmott, Sergeant, Kiefer Police Department ? May 29, 2008

Robert Craig Douglas, Oklahoma City Police Department ? September 28, 2008

Dennis Lippe, Chairman of the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial organization said ?we continue to research the line of duty deaths of law enforcement officers both before and after statehood. We continue to find new officers that we were not aware of as we research.? ?We are also looking for family members of any of Oklahoma?s fallen officers in hopes of receiving more information on their officer.? ?We can not have too much information in a fallen officer?s memorial file.?

To contact the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial or for more information on fallen officers and the state?s memorial go the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial web site at or call (405) 619-2066.

For more information contact Memorial Chairman, Dennis Lippe by pager at (405) 530-1969.

The Daily Ardmoreite
Sunday, October 29, 1916

M. J. DANIELDS, an aged Confederate veteran, died at the Confederate home Thursday night. The funeral service will be conducted at the Home this afternoon with interment at Rose Hill.

The Daily Ardmoreite
Monday, November 6, 1916

ROBERT R. DAVIS, who was brought from this home at Fox a week ago to the HARDY hospital suffering from severe heart trouble, passed away yesterday morning. The funeral was held at the Broadway Methodist church and interment at the Rose Hill cemetery.

Uncle BOB Davis was one of the most loveable characters in this county. He was born in 1843 and when he was 17, he joined the Bluff City Grays and fought for 4 ? years in the Confederate cavalry under General BEDFORD FORREST. He was reared in the time of the war in city of Memphis and was with the boys from that city that joined the army. Following the war he settled at Brownsville, Tennessee and resided there until 1891 when he moved to Texas. In 1910 he moved to Fox in this county. He was a member of the Methodist church, an Odd Fellow, and a member of the Carter County Democratic central committee. He was an active Democrat and expressed the hope he might live until Tuesday when he would get to vote for Woodrow Wilson. The duties of the election weighed on him and he was in a delirious manner urging his sons to take the ballot box out to the Fox voting precinct. The Odd Fellows had charge of the funeral and pallbearers were selected from personal friends and neighbors while honorary pallbearers were chosen from membership in the Carter Democratic Central Committee.

The deceased is survived by his widow and ten children, eight boys and two girls, all surviving. Their mother was not able to attend the funeral. (not all names are given due to a misprint in the obit). They are (?name) of Durant, (?name) of Nocona, DOUGLAS of Fox, CHARLES of Graham, TURNER of Lawton, W. D. of Fox, EMPSON of Lawton, R. L. of Fox, Mrs. BETTIE MOORE of Lindsay and Miss FLORINE who is with home folks. A suit of Confederate grey shrouded the form of the old veteran and the casket was the same color.

The Daily Ardmoreite
Friday, August 11, 1916

The remains of J. W. WILKERSON, who died suddenly at Lindsey, will arrive here over the Santa Fe RR this afternoon and the funeral procession will be formed at the station and the remains will be taken to Rose Hill cemetery. He was a Confederate soldier and members of the John H. Morgan Camp will have charge of the funeral. J. P. IRBY of Ringling, a son-in-law of the deceased, went to Lindsey to accompany the remains here. The wife of Mr. Wilkerson died here on August 17, 1915.

Confederate Veteran's Marriage:

S.C. Clark and Mrs. Carrie L Goodman

The Daily Ardmoreite
Friday, September 15, 1916

S. C. CLARK, age 71, an inmate of the State Confederate Home, and Mrs. CARRIE L. GOODMAN of the same place, will be married Sunday afternoon by Rev. MCKENZIE, the South Ardmore Baptist preacher. The event will be attended by all inmates of the home and a general invitation to all friends of the Confederate is extended. The groom was under General Richard Montgomery Gano in the Civil War and was a member of MARTIN'S Regiment Fifth Cavalry and saw service chiefly in Arkansas and Missouri. Mrs. Goodman, age 59, was born in Cherokee County, Alabama. Her parents immigrated to Indian Territory a number of years ago. Here she married F. J. GOODMAN, who was a son of Parson Goodman of the Christian Church. She came to the home the first of last March, where she met the man whose bride she is to become next Sunday. She is a niece of the noted Mrs. SURRATT, who was hanged in Washington on the charge of being implicated in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

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


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Butch and Jill Bridges

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