This and That Newsletter
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Vol 19  Issue 938      Circulation 5,000       January 15, 2015

PO Box 2

Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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Buford Pusser (b. 1937 d.1974) was sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee from 1964-1970. During his tenure in office Pusser virtual ran a one-man war on moonshining, prostitution, gambling and elimination of the Dixie mafia in McNairy County. Many of us will remember the 1973 movie Walking Tall that was based on the true story. A few weeks ago a vault used for storage in McNairy County courthouse was being cleaned out and in the bottom was found a number of Pusser's campaign election cards. A friend gave me one card Buford Pusser used in his first run for sheriff, and another card he used in his bid for re-election.

YouTube link to the full 2 hour movie Walking Tall

Below is a paver I sandblasted this week.

We've all found some supposedly "free" program in a website and couldn't resist downloading it to see how it works.  What we didn't know is during the download of that one program, it had bundled in it other programs that was loaded with spyware and other bad stuff during the installation.  After the installation our computers were slower, we had pop-ups, tool bars we didn't have before, and sometimes even our computer's start page was hijacked and taking us to another website.  I was reading this one techy newsletter I receive daily, and they decided to run a test and download from the top 10 programs they recommended to visitors.  Big mistake.

Last spring I tried the Plexus lose weight program religiously for 30 days and didn't lose a single pound. So,  last Sunday afternoon I embarked on a test of TruVision lose weight program. I created a webpage to track my results.  I will be updating the webpage from time to time on the progress, if any, I make following the TruVision Health program.

Q. The Pony Bridge is 3,944.33 feet long and contains 38 pony trusses (approximately 100 feet each). Where in Oklahoma is this Pony Bridge?
A.  The "pony bridge" over the South Canadian River between Hinton Junction and Weatherford near Bridgeport, Oklahoma on Route 66 was completed in 1934. It consists of 38 pony trusses and at 3,944 feet, is the longest bridge on Route 66 in Oklahoma.

Q.  In 2004 the world's largest McDonalds was located in what Oklahoma town?
A.  (answer in next week's T&T)

From This and That newsletter archives of January 10, 1998:

On November 1, 1997 a lot of Oklahoma had a telephone area code change. It's been 405 in basically the western half of Oklahoma. But we were told come Nov 1, it would change to 580 and only Oklahoma City would retain the 405 area code. Well, something went wrong, or we were mis-informed. Now 60 days later, many people are confused just when does the 580 work? Some people in other states must call the old 405 area code or the call won't go through. Even in Oklahoma you may or may not be able to reach the person in Oklahoma you are calling using the new 580 area code. My call to the Operator got the following response..... "it is not fully implemented in some areas." So, do you tell people to call you in Oklahoma using the 405 or the new 580 area code?
Thanks to the tuckpoint guys from Iowa, the Carter County courthouse exterior here in Ardmore looks much better. They removed all that ugly algae and scale and dark spots. Re-caulked the seams and things like that so it's now much more weatherproof. Then put some kind of finish all over the outside so the algae and all won't come back soon. They even painted the flagpole for us with their bucket truck lift!

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

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

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

When the great snowfall of 1954 was mentioned in the last T&T, it brought back a fun memory of a group of teens who headed for Dornick Hills with sleds in hand. That first hill behind the clubhouse was a perfect sledding place and we had the time of our lives!"  -R. Helms

"Butch, I just couldn't resist a little of Ardmore's colorful history. The photo of the Ardmore Police Department, dated October 1936. It so happens, I was born in October 1936. One of the police officers, Hubert Bartlett was Chief of Police during a time period of very questionable city councilors. Ab Jolly was one of my best memories. There was at least one other but, I don't recall his name. My memory is ot worthy of a creditable witness but, Ab and his co hart was appearing before Judge John Caldwell in the Carter County courthouse when Chief Bartlett burst into the courtroom and took Ab and others into custody for fear they were going to get off. Enoch Watterson, the Carter County sheriff at the time, somewhat surprised looked at Judge Caldwell as to say, what do you want me to do, with his hand on his side arm. Judge Caldwell, probably wisely, ordered him to 'stand down'. I remember reading that but, I don't recall the final disposition of this incident. Ab and a couple other City Commissioners at the time really were out of bounds. I'm guessing this would have been in the 60s. Another officer in that photo was Willis Tennyson. Me nor any of my buddies were ever arrested but, Willis Tennyson put the 'fear of God' in us and who knows, maybe nipped a John Dillinger in the bud."  -Dale Young
"Butch, this answer is off by two years:
Q. What year was alcohol prohibition repealed in Oklahoma?
A. "Butch, as best I remember, the repeal of prohibition came in 1957 in Oklahoma.

I left Ardmore and returned to OKC in late 1955, and by the time J. Howard Edmondson had been elected governor on a promise to bring repeal of prohibition to a vote, had become police reporter for The Oklahoman. That election was in November, 1958. He took office in January 1959 and set his friend Joe Cannon the task of enforcing prohibition, to the letter, to show the public what it really meant.

As police reporter I covered a number of the booze raids carried out by Cannon. And on Tuesday, April 7, 1959, the promised special election took place -- but I didn't vote in it. I had been up all night, waiting for the birth of my youngest son Tony, who had made his arrival in the wee hours of that morning.

It still took several months after the constitutional amendment passed before the legislature actually did away with the prohibition law, and during that time Cannon continued to enforce it with highway roadblocks and searches of all vehicles entering the state on major routes.

I've told the full story at

-Jim Kyle

"Hi Butch, We really enjoy This and That. We were Eagle watching at Lake Murray, saw 4, last weekend and I have a question, who was Lem Roberts road in Lake Murray Park named after? On some old maps it is named Levi Roberts Road instead of Lem. Also I found a Geodetic marker sticking out of the ground. It is on the extreme East point of land on the very end of Cisco Road. It was always under water until the lake level dropped. See pic. It is unreadable and I was wondering what it is there for. Also was there an old town by the name of Cisco covered by the lake? Hope you can find some answers, Thanks" -Denny and Sandy

"Hi Butch, do you have one place where you have stored all of your older maps of Oklahoma or SE Oklahoma?" -Jayson

Also, here is a link to 1898 maps of Oklahoma, Indian Territory.

"Butch, The following site offers great pictures and history of the Courtney & Petersburg area of Oklahoma and Northern Texas including Spanish Fort and Illinois Bend. Please visit and give you opinion of the site to your readers of which I read each week."
-max brown
Old Jail Museum in Montague
"Cool old maps and stuff." -Gary Freeman
Sell your old electronic gadgets for cash.
This is a reminder that the Southern Oklahoma Amateur Radio Emergency Service in Ardmore is having a Technician Class Amateur Radio License Class on January 20-21 at 6:00 ? 9:00 PM at the Red Cross located at 1006 Northwest Boulevard, Ardmore, OK 73401. The FCC Examination will be administered at the completion of the class on the 21st and the fee for the class is $20.00 cash. I you want to attend this class please send me an e-mail by Saturday, January 17, 2015 to confirm that you are coming. That way I will know how many tests to prepare. My e-mail address is

Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning with $1,440. It carries over no balance from day to day, and allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course. Well, everyone has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning it credits you with 1,440 minutes. Every night it writes off as lost whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the records of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against "tomorrow." You must live in the present of today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success. The clock is running. Make the most of today.

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges

PO Box 2
Lone Grove, Oklahoma 73443

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Vicious Dog Attacks in Oklahoma
Bells of Oklahoma
Carter County Courthouse Paver Project
Ardmore High School Criterions Online
Oklahoma Bells:
Bill Hamm's Cemetery Database
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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