This and That Newsletter
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Vol 19  Issue 956      Circulation 5,000       May 21, 2015

PO Box 2

Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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The last few evenings I have not been able to work on my newsletter because of the storms and even one tornado that passed just 3 miles south of our house. The night before last, Tuesday evening, we had a pretty close call with mother nature with a thing called a tornado. I've put together several photos of the storms and even one of the tornado when it was south of Wilson, Oklahoma heading due east toward Lake Murray. This first one is the tornado and it really gave us a scare even though it never touched ground*. We started to go to the storm shelter but we waited too late and the rain was coming down like cats and dogs, and the lightning bolts were so bright and bad, we were afraid to go outside. Unlike many in this area, we never lost power even though it flickered on and off a few times.

This next one shows the flood gates at Mountain Lake NW of Ardmore in the Arbuckle Mountains wide open and flowing like few people have ever saw it.

This is a picture of Turner Falls overflowing in a tremendous rush of water.

Flood gates are open at Lake Texoma.

Below is a 1919 photo of the trolley that operated at Turner Falls.

Even after the tornado came through at the south edge of Lone Grove, a big revival tent set up by the Lone Grove Assembly of God church made it through the storm. The tent is designed to withstand up to 80 MPH wind.

The link below is a Texaco gas station in Tishomingo, Oklahoma of bygone days.

This next pic was taken several years ago of a water wheel on Pennington creek near Reagan, Oklahoma.

Photo of Sulphur High School burning in the 1930s I believe

This is a beautiful pic taken of the Lincoln Bridge in Sulphur's Chickasaw Park and Recreation Center.

This next photo is a before the rain and after the rains comparison to show all the rain Bear Falls at Sulphur received in just a 30 day period.

Video of Turner Falls and Camp Cunningham in 1928.

A 1958 photo taken at Devils Den north of Tishomingo.

Family Entertainment Every Night
the Sand Bass Festival offers something for everyone. If you haven't had the pleasure of being present at the National Sand Bass Festival, we hope you will take the opportunity to come this year. For all of you who regularly attend we look forward to seeing you again this June 1 - 6, 2015 Downtown, Courthouse Square, Madill, Oklahoma

I bought a Kill-A-Watt electricity usage monitor from Amazon this week. Over the next few weeks I'll be report on here how much electricity is used by different appliances and the cost per month to run that appliance. The directions says for accurate reporting the electricity usage the monitor needs to be plugged in for several days. I will have some good reports for the next issue, starting with the clothes washer.

A couple of pavers I've sandblasted this week.

Even though I have not lost any more weight in 4 weeks since dropping down to 177 pounds, I'm still getting the benefit of the extra energy and all. If anyone wants to try it give me a holler. "I'll meet you at the Walmart mailbox!" Join us and check it all out at the link below.

Hot days just around the corner, my OKie Power Saver will help keep my electric bill as low as possible when I crank up the air conditioning this summer. I'm ready to combat that sky high electric bill. I have created a webpage to tell more about the OKie Power Saver at the link below. You really have nothing to lose except a high electric bill to try the power saver. I am guaranteeing the unit to save you money or your money back. Give me a holler for more information.

Q.  Where in Oklahoma might one pick up hourglass (selenite) crystals?
A.  The Great Salt Plains and national park of Oklahoma near located in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma. It is located 5.5 miles north of Jet, Oklahoma on SH-38.

Q.  What year did written history in Oklahoma begin?
A.  (answer in next week's T&T)

From This and That newsletter archives of May 19, 2001:

"Healdton school colors have always been blue and white. As I said before, I don't know why they picked the beautiful red uniforms in the '60s but it was OK, as everyone loved them and the hats also . However I was in the band in 1929 and we had blue sweaters and white trousers, the sweaters had a lyre in the front, and white collars and cuffs. Had to be reasonable because of the depression. My sister graduated in 1926, and the stories in her days all referred to the blue and white, I have some of the stories written back, then. Her memory books etc. One called Golden school days. I also had a miniature football with blue and white ribbons attached, that belonged to her. The Healdton Boys Band uniforms about 1924 or 25 were all white, and were very pretty also. In those days they rarely played or marched at athletic events. I do remember that in 1929, our bandmaster, Fred Culver, would select only about a dozen of his band members, for what he called the booster band and they would play at football games, but did not march."
Indian Territory and Carter County Pioneers Book - Printed 1983:

Founder of the first hospital in Ardmore, known as Ardmore Sanitarium, was Dr. Frederick P. Von Keller. He was born in Strassburg, Germany, but came in his youth with his parents to Missouri where they were pioneers. They later moved to Western Kansas. Frederick returned to Germany (Heidelberg) for his undergraduate and medical work, receiving a degree in electrical engineering as well as his M.D. degree. He took further medical training at Rush Medical College in Chicago.

He first practiced in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he also married his wife. They next moved to Vernon, Texas, then came to Ardmore, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, in 1894. His first office was in the old Pennington building, on the southeast corner of Main and Caddo. He was remembered as usually wearing a goatee, which gave him a distinguished look. In 1898, he established the first hospital in Ardmore, Ardmore Sanitarium, on the northwest corner of Main and Caddo. He had to assemble the x-ray machine himself. Dr. Walter Hardy and Dr. R.H. Henry were also on staff. At some later date, he moved back to the Pennington building which was destroyed with the Great Explosion of 1915. He then built the Von Keller Hospital at the corner of 12th Northwest and Commerce. The community was active in support of the institution, with Perry Maxwell leading out in raising $30,000 for the project. The hospital opened in 1917. Dr. Von Keller was the medical director for many years, until 1941.

Dr. and Mrs. Von Keller had two daughters, Beatrice and Helen. He had a niece, Jeanne Michael, who worked in the business area of the hospital for many years. She was a philatelist and died in the 1970s in Little Rock. Dr. Von Keller lived a very busy life and was a leader of early day medicine. He died in 1941.This is a photo of Dr. Frederick Von Keller

Here is a photo of the Von Keller Hospital. He was located just to the west of the Adventist Hospital at 12th and North Commerce. The stone at the top reads, "Von Keller Hospital Assn" (Association).
I saw in the Ardmoreite this week where a 1926 mint condition Frisco 1522 locomotive will be coming through Ardmore (southbound). A real piece of history. It is to arrive at 11am on May 22nd and come back through on June 2 around noon (northbound).
The National Sand Bass Festival (Madill, Oklahoma) now has a website
Wilson, Oklahoma will soon have a historical museum. Its right on Main Street, just south and next door to the Fire Department. So if you have anything to put on display in the new museum, now is the time to contact them!
In SE Ardmore is Whittington Park. Years ago, the present park included a lot more land to the south, the land where the Hardy Murphy Coliseum is located. Whittington Park was boarded on the south by Springdale Road (Fair Grounds Road to old timers), on the east by Park Street SE, on the north by 4th street SE and on the west by "G" Street SE. On February 5, 1927 the Governors of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations sold this large piece of land to the City of Ardmore. Maybe someone knows how this piece of land came to be known as Whittington Park?
In NW Carter county is Pooleville, Oklahoma. Before statehood, and as late as 1902, Pooleville was known as Elk, Oklahoma.
Have you ever tried to find some little part to fix something, and couldn't? Like maybe a connector or switch or pulley? A friend told me about a site that have over 550,000 items in stock and ready to ship. If they don't' have it, then its probably not available anywhere.
"Hey Butch, warn your readers who are apt to go out and see the places described in T&T. I stopped in at that old Ladd school a few weeks ago and was nearly eaten alive by a pit bull. I wasn't bitten, but only for being fast enough on my feet to get inside the business that is on the same property as the school house."

Note: This next picture I took of the old Ladd School bell that was on private property just south Washington, Oklahoma. Ladd School closed in 1952.
"Hi Butch. I enjoy your T&T. My Genealogy Society have been cataloging cemeteries in the Carter County in the vicinity of Healdton, we just recently we did the one at Pooleville, Ok. There is a number of Confederate Veteran markers in this cemetery. Do you or any of your readers know why there are so many in one cemetery? Was there a camp some where close to this place?"
"Butch: A reader wrote in reference to a Tiny Sparger, wonder if they could have the wrong name and it should be PUNY Sparger who in the late 50s was a Justice of the Peace, he lived on B Street SW just down from Mack Fraser, a county commissioner."
"The Deese School is located nine miles northwest of the city of Ardmore. A graded and gravel road leads from the school to the city. Deese is a country with many small ranches and diary farms. The soil is well adapted to the growing of vegetables and orchards. The Deese School consists of two departments each controlled by one teacher. Although a two teacher school, Deese does work that will rank with larger schools. The present enrollment is 102 which shows a gain of 27 percent over that of last year. W.H. Owens, Principal."

"Glen School is a village school located about three miles west of Springer. The school offers eight grades of work under direction of B.A.Mayes, principal.Miss Grace Dyer, intermediate teacher, and Miss Salibeth Freeman, primary teacher. For some time Glenn has been interested in forming a Union Graded district with Springer and it is very likely that this desire will materialize in some kind of centralized school that will afford the children of Glenn District high school advantages."

"In 1923 there were 77 schools within Carter County. Thurston Grove School was designated District number 22. The district has a census of 80. Thurston Grove School is located northwest of Newport. This is a one teacher school offering eight grades of work under the efficient management of Mrs. M.C.Rogers. The school is planning to install on the school house a large bell that can be heard all over the district."

In 1923 : The Rose Chapel School is located southwest of Springer in a very beautiful place near the foot of the Arbuckle Mountains. Near the back of the school grounds is a high bluff with many different kinds of moss and ferns hanging from the damp rocks. On the east side of the school ground is Henry House Creek that is fed by mountain springs. The many oak trees on the playground afford pleasant shade for pupils and complete the setting of one of the prettiest one-teacher schools in the county. The enrollment is about thirty but the attendance is splendid. Eight grades of work is offered. The teacher is Mrs. Effie Terry.
"Hello Butch, I thought some of your readers would like to see an old photo of the City Drug Store. This was on the northeast corner of Main and Washington. That's me in the white apron. I worked at the Steele Drug Store (Soda Fountain) no.1 west main street. 1940."
Note: see pull down fire alarm box at left in photo
"Hello Butch, I thought some readers would remember this photo of John Newcomer --Principal of 1st.Ward School--Franklin Elementary School--This was made by Webb Studios in 1937."
"Butch, We moved here to Abilene, Texas last October after living in Ardmore for 44 years in the same house on Locust. I really do enjoy your publication. Someone mentioned the Light Crust Doughboys: Just for information, they are still going and played here in the Civic Center last Saturday night. Got a lot of publicity. Keep up the good work."

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

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

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

"Butch, I shot these two pics of a bridge on Memorial Road just east of Price Road WNW of Lone Grove."  -C. Dwane Stevens

5 year old's touching gesture feeds homeless man at Waffle House.
"Hello Butch. Greg Leffler here from Charlottesville, Virginia.
Just wanted to send you a thank you note for the paver you did as a gift from my Mom Jane Gilcrease to my wife and I. Leah and I have already made plans to use it as a permanent display when we build our retirement home in the Mountains of North Carolina. It looks so nice and means a lot to us that we were married at my Mom?s home in Oklahoma City. Thanks so much for a job well done." -Greg

Next Monday is Memorial Day. Let us take time to remember our men and women who have served in this country's military service. All gave some, but some gave all.

Grandpa, tell me 'bout the good old days
Sometimes it feels like this world's gone crazy
And Grandpa, take me back to yesterday
When the line between right and wrong
Didn't seem so hazy

Did lovers really fall in love to stay
And stand beside each other, come what may?
Was a promise really something people kept
Not just something they would say?
Did families really bow their heads to pray
Did daddies really never go away?
Oh, Grandpa, tell me 'bout the good old days

Grandpa, everything is changing fast
We call it progress, but I just don't know
And Grandpa, let's wander back into the past
And paint me the picture of long ago

Did lovers really fall in love to stay
And stand beside each other, come what may?
Was a promise really something people kept
Not just something they would say?
Did families really bow their heads to pray
Did daddies really never go away?
Oh, Grandpa, tell me 'bout the good old days Oh, Grandpa, tell me 'bout the good old days.

The Judds - 1988

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges

PO Box 2
Lone Grove, Oklahoma 73443


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