This and That Newsletter
A Weekly Publication

Vol 18  Issue 912      Circulation 5,000       July 17, 2014

PO Box 2

Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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Today the Ardmore area got a longover due rain, good slow rain, that soaked in.  We got less than 2 inches, so we need a lot more, but we're thankful to get the rain that came through today.

"Red Everett's Grocery Store it was located on Hoxbar Route, which is now Sandy Creek Road southeast of Ardmore but still in Carter County. Sandy creek does continue east to the Marshall County line. The store had everything you could imagine, a gas pump, kerosene pump (inside the store) groceries of course, ice cream and candy, a feed room was on the east side of the store and where a few of kids would wait out of the cold weather for the Dickson school bus. On the west side of the store was another connecting building that held all the extra bottles of soda pop. Mr. Everett had a big old white dog named Shep that slept on the front porch and had an egg for breakfast every morning with Mr. Everett."

Long time Carter County resident, Creede Speake, is on the front cover of Ardmore's Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation's 2013 Annual Report. The 10" by 10" book is exquisitely put together in full color. The first 25 or so pages are dedicated to employees and others who help make the company a success in 2013 with a full color photo of the employee on the left, and on the right, a brief story of that employee.

Our 8 turkeys come to visit and eat our grapes sometimes twice a day. They are so cute.  A couple is on the top rail, and there is also 2 rabbits back behind, and a red bird somewhere in all those leaves.  Someone asked me the following:

"Butch did you plant the grapes for the wildlife???"

My answer:  NO!  And they have claimed squatter's rights, and I can't find a judge in this county to do anything about it!

Inside New York City's most secret basement.

Someone mentioned to me about killing 8 scorpions in their house in two weeks.  Yikes!  That would scare me to death.  For several years we have been using glue boards placed strategically around the house to catch creepy crawlers.  They work great and cheap, last a long time.  We started buying them by the box, about 40, from as they are cheaper when purchased in quantity like that.

Q.  "Dear Butch,  Where is the Roosevelt school located on Caddo Creek?"

A.  The schoolhouse was located near the banks of Caddo Creek about 2 miles south Milo, Oklahoma and Highway 53.  Here is a map showing the approximate location of the school.

I have ran the Clean module in SlimCleaner several times the past couple weeks and it works fine, and does a great job getting old junk off a computer. My next step, after I've done a complete backup image of my hard drive, is to clean the registry using SlimCleaner.

Q.  In 1912 it was reported a gold mine was found in Carter County, bigger than California's or Alaska's. Where was this gold mine supposedly?
A.   January 26, 1912
Farmer says Gold Is Found, No one but himself is wise.... That Carter County has a gold mine that will make it greater than California or Alaska is the opinion of M.W. Clark of Keller, Oklahoma, who says he has found a lead of gold ore that is very rich and extends across the country for several miles. Mr. Clark does not own the land and he wants to form a partnership with some person with sufficient means to purchase the land and will be willing to divide equally the profits of the mine with the person who will furnish the money. If the party desires to buy him outright he will sell for an agreed price and take any person to where the gold is found. He says the ore is rich, that it has been tested and proves to be very rich. He is enthusiastic over his find and believes there is enough money in it to make a hundred men as rich as they would like to be.

Q.  Where is the deepest producing oil well in Oklahoma?
A.  (answer in next week's T&T)

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

And I also got a pic of the bell at the old Eskew Ranch at the south edge of Ardmore on Highway 77. This was my second visit to the Eskew Ranch. Jim Eskew was a world famous trick roper. My first time to visit the Eskew Ranch was in May 1977 when I worked on the ambulance. Mr. Eskew had been sick a long time, and it was then I took him to the hospital where he later died at the age of 59. When I looked at that weather beaten bell this week, I thought how it stood now in silence in memory of a man who set records everywhere he went. In WWII he performed for over 2 Million servicemen. One of his major accomplishments in the Army was his performance on the TC-87, a 3 hour physical endurance test. He scored 596 out of a possible 600, a score that has never been matched.

I was talking to one of the auditors a while back that comes to the courthouse from time to time to do audits. She commented that one of the first things she notices when she walks in our courthouse, is how computerized it is, with computers everywhere. She told me some courthouses she goes to are fortunate to have 3 or 4 computers in the entire courthouse. Yes, she is right, our courthouse has come a long way in the area of computerization. In January 1995 we had some offices that only had one computer, others with 2 or 3, and the county barns had none. Many of the employees had to share what computers their office did have in place.

To make a long story short, I happy to say nearly every employee has a computer workstation on their desks with few exceptions. There has probably been 3 or 4 dozen new, state of the art computers installed within the last year. Even all three county barns have modern computers. Not long ago the two secretaries at the commissioners offices received their two new computers, needless to say they are happy!
I had a reader email me a picture of Springer, Oklahoma taken back in 1908. That looks like the old Methodist Church in the background, which still stands today.

Take the number of the month you were born,
multiply by 4,
add 13,
multiply by 25,
subtract 200,
add the day of the month on which you were born,
multiply by 2,
subtract 40,
multiply by 50,
add the last two digits of the year in which you were born,
subtract 10,500.
Notice anything funny about your answer?
"Butch, I sure enjoy your "pages" each week. I'm from Ardmore. get there once a month or so...take the Ardmoreite BUT I get more interesting information from you than anything...Maybe because you are more interesting?!!! If anyone finds that Priddy's Parmesan Salad Dressing recipe... sure would like to have it... My husband of over 40 years and I ate breakfast there and sometimes lunch when we were dating. My mom used to buy it especially for us after we got married and moved away. Thanks again."

Priddy's Parmesan Salad Dressing
by Lee Ola Day's recipe who worked at Priddy's
1 quart mayonnaise (real)
? cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup American cheese
1 small can chopped black olives
1 small jar chopped pimento (optional)
? cup sweet pickle relish
2 tsp. Garlic (fresh grated)
1 small. Onion (finely chopped
1 Tbs paprika (more if you like)
2 or 3 Tbs milk (just to thin a little)
1 tsp black pepper

Mix all very well and store in container
in the refrigerator. Will keep for several
weeks. Use on salad or as a sauce on
burgers or fish
"Hi Butch, According to OKLAHOMA PLACE NAMES by George H. Shirk, Legate was located in extreme northeastern Love County. Pleasant Mound Cemetery is located about 5.35 miles north northwest of Enville, Oklahoma, as the crow flies."

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

Check gas prices by town or zip code anywhere in U.S.

Non-ethanol gas (pure gas) stations in the Ardmore area.

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

Q.  I received the following email this week. "I am attempting to learn more about the attached the ?New State? ?46? ?OKLA CITY? item. It appears to be a button or lapel pin. Would anyone know anything about the history of the company that produced it and if this company was involved in some kind of lawsuit in the 1920?s or so." -Lance

A.  From my 2004 newsletter archives:  "My husband says New State was an ice company in Oklahoma City on NE 23rd street, he can remember purchasing ice blocks there for milk delivery trucks... the number could have something to do with the pounds... do you remember the cardboard signs you put in the window so the ice delivery man would know how much you wanted." -Carol and Earl Canfield, Meeker, OK.

What's it like: To suffer a spider bite
Grand Opening: Exhibit C
Showcasing the beauty and essence of Chickasaw Country, Exhibit C is Bricktown?s newest art gallery and retail space. Come browse 7,500 square feet of celebrated artisan works by prominent artists from the Chickasaw and southeastern tribes. During your visit, shop around for a beautiful piece of jewelry, pottery, clothing or gourmet Bedr? Fine Chocolate to take home as a special memento of Chickasaw Country.
Q.  Does anyone know what year this took place boxing tournament took place in Healdton?
A.  1949

Jerry Smith sent in a picture of a book he owns.  It's a cookbook titled Plane Cookin, Officers' Wive's Club Ardmore Air Force Base Oklahoma.  Does anyone know what year this may have been published?
"One of your pages shows a piece of sheet music and someone was wondering if the guy in the pic is Cecil Crosby "In My Arbuckle Mountain Home" was the music. I have a copy that is signed by him and that guy in the pic is indeed him. Published in Ardmore, OK... Found my copy in an old Servil gas icebox in a falling down shack near Mannsville, OK." -Kemper Kimberlin, Whitebead, OK

"When I find myself fading, I close my eyes and realize my friends are my energy." -Anonymous

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges

PO Box 2
Lone Grove, Oklahoma 73443

Vicious Dog Attacks in Oklahoma
Bells of Oklahoma
Carter County Courthouse Paver Project
Save on long distance calls, just a couple cents a minute!
Ardmore High School Criterions Online
Oklahoma Bells:
American Flyers Memorial Fund - Administration Webpage
Official American Flyers Memorial Website
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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