This and That Newsletter
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Vol 18  Issue 899      Circulation 5,000       April 17, 2014

PO Box 2

Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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Last Saturday we traveled to Love County to see the tractor show at Lebanon, Oklahoma (east of Marietta).  We didn't look at the tractors that much, but visited with a number of people who had booths setup demonstrating their specialty.

This one is a a old timey ice cream maker hooked by a belt to a tractor.

These next 4 pictures is a tractor powered corn grinder (mill).

The next four are tractor powered generators using a flywheel and belt.

This one is a tractor powered saw blade.

This next one I'm not sure of, it's some kind of grinder with a very long belt powered by a tractor.

These next 3 is a man running his sawmill machine. He's using cedar trees and turning them into 1" thick boards.

The next 2 pics are of an old square hay baling machine, tractor run of course. Only in Oklahoma will someone take a perfectly good round bale of hay, and make it into square bales.  lol

This is a unique kid train made from barrels.

But what caught our attention most was ao old fork, bent and welded into the shape of a fly, by a blacksmith from Chigley, Oklahoma.

All in all we had a good time at Lebanon, enjoyed seeing the way things were done on the farm many years ago.

Last week we mentioned about stumbling across a Healdton police Officer who died from his wounds while making arrest.  I still find it hard to believe officer Jim Hutchinson slipped through the cracks in 1930 and no one remembers this fallen officer. He is not on any state or national memorial, but that will change, I promise.  And thanks to Dennis Lippe he found the newspaper clipping with the date of death.  But we still don't know when he was shot trying to make the arrest at Healdton.


The Daily Ardmoreite - Thursday, March 27, 1930

Peace officer succumbs here results of wounds

Jim Hutchinson of Healdton passes away Thursday morning at Ardmore hospital

Eight children and wife survive

Hutchinson was wounded attempting to arrest Charles Smith

Jim Hutchinson, Healdton peace officer, died Thursday morning at an Ardmore hospital where he was undergoing treatment for injuries suffered in a gun battle while attempting to arrest Charles Smith, wanted in default of bond. Hutchinson was shot through his left knee and died from complications caused by infection of the wound. He is survived by a wife and eight children, two of whom are babies. Arrangements for the funeral are incomplete pending word from relatives In other cities. The funeral will be held Friday at Healdton. with other details to be announced later. In State Penitentiary Smith, who surrendered sometime after he had wounded Hutchinson, was already under sentence for the death of a Healdton school child. It was in connection with this case that the officers were attempting to arrest him, the appellate court having affirmed the case against him. He is now serving time in the state penitentiary.

The Daily Ardmoreite - Tuesday, June 3, 1930

Charged With Death of Veteran Peace Officer of Healdton Some Weeks Ago.
Charles Smith, who is now serving a five year term In the state penitentiary at McAlester will be returned to Ardmore on Tuesday by Dwight Bell, deputy Sheriff. He is scheduled to be given a preliminary hearing on Wednesday in connection with a charge of murder filed against him after Jim Hutchinson, Healdton policeman, had died of a gunshot wound said to have been inflicted by Smith.

Smith is serving time on connection with a manslaughter conviction two or three years ago in which he was found guilty of the death of Elbera Holder, Healdton high school girl. The girl was run down and fatally injured by Smith's car.

Resisted Arrest

It was in connection with this same case that he is alleged to have shot Jim Hutchinson. Bondsmen, on learning that Smiths appeal on the manslaughter charge had been refused, ask Hutchinson and another Healdton officer to arrest the defendant and take him to jail. When they approached the house, Smith barricaded himself and fired. He shot Hutchinson in the leg. The wound became infected, and the officer died. His death occurred on the day that Smith was taken to McAlester to begin serving his first sentence.

Preliminary hearing for Smith will be held before Fount Dustin, Justice of the peace, it was said.


A very old tree had to be cut down yesterday at the Love county courthouse in Marietta. When they looked at a slice of the trunk, everyone was amazed at the word that was found in the wood. I guess the word LOVE had been carved in the tree many, many years ago.

I sandblasted several of these Texas Tech Red Raiders plaques this week.  They turned out nice, and all went to Texas.  :-)

And I'm always proud to sandblast a memorial brick, especially when its a family I've know for decades. I was honored to make the brick below for the Mayes family of Ardmore.

Wondering what to do with that old, no longer secure, Windows XP computer? I took an old XP and installed Linux Mint 16 on it and was blown away how nice the operating system is.  I first burned a DVD with the Linux Mint system on it. Next I booted up on the DVD to see how it worked. You don't have to install it on the computer until you try it out.  I liked that. Then I clicked on the Install icon.  A box popped up asking if I wanted to 1. Install along side the XP software, or 2. Overwrite the XP operating system. I chose #1.  When it finished I rebooted and a box popped up asking if I wanted to run Windows XP or the new Linux Mint operating system.  I chose number 2 and was a little disappointed how long it took to boot into Mint.  But after about 4 minutes I was up and running.  The speed of the old computer was amazing, like greased lightning, much faster than when running the old XP system. It got right on the internet, and the web pages really changed fast too. If you want to know more check out the two links below.  (I downloaded the Cinnamon edition)

Video review:

Q.  Below is the text of a sign on the wall of the new Boomerang Diner in Lone Grove. Let's see how many can decipher this coded message.

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A.  HEre StOp aNd sPend a SocIal hoUr in hArmlesS mirTh and fUn lEt fRiendsHip rEign bE just and kInd anD evil sPeak of none.

Q.  What is the longest river in Oklahoma?
A.  (answer in next week's T&T)

From This and That newsletter archives of April 15, 2000:

This week I was talking to some friends and they mentioned something about a "mad stone". I had never heard of such a thing. They told me it was in their family for 80 or so years. When someone was bitten by a rabid dog, the "mad stone" was soaked in milk and held against the bite. It was suppose to some how render harmless the bites from the rabid dog. I did find some information about the Mad Stone and its powers used by the Indians before 1900.
"I thought you might like to know about another airplane crash involving soldiers that was in the area. I remember being told years ago about an airplane that was also carrying troops, that crashed in Love County between Enville and Lebanon. As I recall, the crash site was located on the Boog Lemons farm between Highway 32 and Lake Texhoma. I was told that Boog occasionally found items while farming at the crash site and that many years later, an older couple came to visit the site because their son had died in the crash. And, that's when Boog showed the couple the things that he had found, they discovered their son's class ring was in the box of things found. Sheriff Clyde McGill told me that very touching story during one of our many fishing trips together in the area."
"I am writing you to ask if the County Court House is still the original one with the rotunda. If so my grandfather, Harris (Harry) Gaines, was the janitor for many years until his death in 1959. I remember in the 1950's as a little boy climbing the banister to the second floor and looking over. Additionally, a cousin by marriage, John Keith, retired from the Ardmore Police Department in the 1970's."
"Butch, Do you have pictures of the bicycle built for 5 you built? I remember when you came down 4th NE and we rode on it. I'd love to see a picture of it." -Karen Middleton Myers
"hi, i am looking for information on a circus train that crashed around Tahlequah , OK in the 1930's. do you have any knowledge of this or know where i might look ?? thank you for your time."
"Our 9th grade students are doing their research papers over people or events in Oklahoma history. One student wants to find out about a murder which took place in 1912 in Willis, Oklahoma. According to the story he was told, a man murdered men on the school board after his child was not allowed to go to school. We have tried to find information about this but have had no luck. Do you or your readers know anything about it? We would appreciate any info we can get. Thanks!"
"In answer to one of your email letters, I am not a medium but I am able to pick up spiritual/psychic energy and I personally did not experience anything at Brown Springs. However, if anyone is looking for local "hot spots" Ft. Washita is the most "energetic" place I have found so far. The Ft. Sill/ Mount Scott area is a close second. I have also experienced energy spots in Gainesville, The Alamo, The Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe and St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado."

Gas prices today in the Ardmore area......

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

A reader wrote in asking about info on Wirt and Dundee, Oklahoma. Wirt/Dundee is one of those no-longer-exist towns in western Carter county. In the April 6, 2000 edition of The Healdton Herald there was a nice write up with lots of photos about Dundee school holding their 48th reunion.

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"Butch, I admit, I chuckled when I glanced at your old pictures of Otto Powell and his business card. One of his posters hung prominently in Mitchell's Barber Shop, and I was always fascinated by it while waiting for a haircut when I was a little boy. Take care, and all the best."  -Brandon, Norman, OK
"I used to pass the unfinished mansion on I-35 several times a year and always wondered about it. At one time windows and doors were installed and then a few months later they all disappeared. I came across a guy who said he installed them for a window and door company but the people never paid for them. The window place finally sent him and a couple other guys there to repossess them." -Jim Foreman
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"SB BNSF 7460 & BNSF 4763 pass one of the few remaining sets of the US&S Searchlight Signals as the train heads into the Washita River basin of the Arbuckle Mountains." -Dewane Stevens
"Spring to Life" and come join the Community Choral Society for their spring concert on April 26, 7:30 p.m. and April 27, 2:30 p.m. Under the direction of Dr. David Hobbs, the singers will be performing a mix of folk, patriotic and inspirational pieces sure to help you shake off any lasting effects of this memorable winter. Concerts will be held at Northwest Baptist Church, 1609 Robison, Ardmore, Oklahoma, and tickets are $10 at the door.
Dallas Sidewalk Sale
3rd Saturday Sale
Saturday April 19, 2014
6:00 am - 6:00 pm Central Time
1100 Woodall-Rodgers Freeway, Dallas, TX

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Joyce Kilmer  1886-1918

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges

PO Box 2
Lone Grove, Oklahoma 73443

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