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Vol 11  Issue 569    December 20, 2007

PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

Email: butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net, Phone: 580-490-6823

On South Commerce next to the railroad tracks (4 blocks south of Stanley Street) is Ray’s Backyard. Ray Dewberry sells all types of concrete products such as bird baths, statues, ornaments, fountains, etc.  Jill and I bought a bird bath from him last Spring, and its great quality, built to last a lifetime.  Below is the concrete bird bath we bought from Ray last April.


This is a picture of Ray’s Backyard store on South Commerce and Moore Street


The other day Ray decided to remove a wall behind a window in his building.  When it did, he found inside that wall a couple dozen old artifacts. Some of the things included was a couple Phillips 66 Lapel Pins, business cards, some picture postcards, a couple of booklets they used to record gas and oil purchases that were put on credit and other items.  There was even a handwritten letter from a man in California begging Clayton Cude for money, since the man moved to that state in search of a job but it was not turning out as he hoped.   Also a great find behind the wall was a photograph of the filling station back in the 1920s. A real piece of Ardmore history.


This is a pic I took of the wall. Its actually a window which was boarded up and had shelving in front of it.  Ray thinks the items may have fallen off the shelving behind and down the wall, and just stayed there all these years.


About 50 feet north of Ray’s store is the railroad track. When Clayton Cude was owner, just on the north side of the tracks was Clayton’s Tavern. So Clayton owned both establishments back in those days.  Clayton passed the filling station on to his son-in-law, Bob Shirey, and that is who I remember as filling station’s owner around 1970.

Below is the front of Clayton Cude’s business card touting 36 brands of motor oil.


Mr. Cude had a saying, actually 4 of them, written on the back of his business card.


One of the items Ray found tucked away in the wall was a 1989 Program for the Ardmore Raceway north of Ardmore.  The next two scans will bring back many memories when you read the names listed in the Program.



The following are pics I took of the Ardmore Racetrack Program.  I think most of them are readable.  Lots and lots of names (and ads) in there, memories galore.










If you are like a lot of people and wait until the last minute to buy that one Christmas gift because you can’t find the right one, travel on down to Ray’s Backyard and I know you’ll find something that will fit the bill. Tell Ray you want to see that “famous window”.  lol


Jerry Brown sent in a photo this week of an old building, and he was wondering if anyone recognizes it?


Radium, Oklahoma. In Caddo county, five miles northeast of Gracemont. A post office from April 23, 1904 to August 14, 1905.  No longer in existence. Named in honor of the then discovery of radium by Pierre and Marie Curie.  -from Oklahoma Place Names

Diane Hall works at the Election Board and brought some very tasty and different Christmas candy to the Commissioners Office this week to share. I had never eaten anything quite like it. Its just popcorn that’s been coated with Almond Bark (white chocolate).  Diane just heated the almond bark a couple of minutes in the microware, then slowly dribbled it over the popcorn as she stirred it.  You talk about a great tasting Christmas treat!


Ardmoreite Bob Kerr stopped by my office last week to share an old photograph. It is a wide angle photo of downtown Healdton from back in the 20s it looks like. I see Massads, Drake’s Jewelry, Schayes Hardware store, Harry Ables Shoes, W.H. Dixon Hardware and Furniture, the old Healdton OG&E building, and more in this old Healdton picture. What this photo shows, is how thriving Healdton was right after oil was discovered, and the boom of people that followed.





Jill and I have found several more nice Christmasy decorated front yards since the last T&T. These Christmas decorations were about 4 blocks west of Commerce on Stanley SW.


And this one was about 3 blocks east of Commerce on Stanley SW.


These lights was really nice, it was 3 blocks east of Stanley on 3rd Ave (the 3 block divided boulevard part of 3rd SW).


Ardmoreite Steve Hamm programmed a new webserver and installed it this week for Carter county assessor Kim Cain. Steve built the old webserver in 2000 and its technology was so slow, a new one was needed to handle all people who log in each day to search property records, sometimes several dozen people at one time. With the old webserver, if a person searched for all the Jones who owned property in this county, about 300 of them, the computer would time out searching through the 30,000 plus records, and never complete the listing on screen. With this new webserver, I did a search for Jones and it displays all 300 of them in about 2 seconds or less. Now that is fast!  Steve has really done a service for the people of this county who needs fast, free access to property records. The Assessor’s webserver is online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Last week we had a stopped up drain under the kitchen sink, and I messed with that thing for two or three hours trying to get it unstopped.  So I decided to try a gadget called DrainKing.  It attaches to a water hose, and it balloons out, wedging itself in the pipe, then seconds later forces water out to flush whatever is stopping it up, on down the pipe. Within 10 seconds I had the drain unstopped.  Here’s pic of one like I bought for under $15 at D&J Hardware at Lone Grove.


Speaking of products that helps us, all of us guys at one time or another has had to work on a greasy car or pickup motor. Last week I had to do just that, and my hands were almost black from grease and grime.  Over the years I have tried everything from Lava soap to commercial hand cleaners, to dish washing soap, to laundry detergent.  Some worked better than others, but none work all that great, especially under the nails, etc.  This week I found the answer:  The new liquid 2X Ultra Tide. It cleaned my grimy hands like magic, even under the nails.


Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..

The Wilson News submitted by Mindy Taylor
August, 4, 1915

Performs First Ceremony – Judge Dillard For First Time Speaks Magic Words Which Change A Twain To One

Simon Louis, the Man Made Happy by Wilson’s Kindly Judge Dillard has performed his first marriage ceremony, and the judge is feeling rather chesty over the success of his efforts.

Last Friday, Simon Louis, a full blood, came into the judge’s private office and after showing him the legal papers needed, stated that he desired the judge’s assistance in welding his heart and the heart of his inamorata into one piece of palpitating furniture.

Like Barkis, the judge was willin’ so he hiked himself, in company with the bridegroom, to the home of the bride-elect, whose name we have failed to learn, and in the name of the law, etc., etc., spake unto them the magic words which decree that man may not live alone.

Whether or not the judge was scared our deponent sayeth not, but he avers that he is now ready to practice on all the young, the middle aged and the old, who wish to swap single harness for double.
The Daily Ardmoreite 12-20-1918

Should Investigate Court HouseDuring the session of district court yesterday, a piece of plaster, several feet in diameter, fell from the ceiling of the court room. No person was sitting where the plaster fell, but as it struck the empty benches it caused a great noise, interrupting the court proceedings for a time. Plaster has fallen from other portions of the building and it was suggested that the breaking of the plaster is probably the result of the shock of the explosion which wrecked so many buildings in Ardmore over three years ago.

Jill and I want to thank all of you who have sent us Christmas wishes, whether by email or by letter, or in person, it is appreciated. Now it is our turn to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and safe holiday season.  And I hope we all don’t get so caught up with all the presents and excitement, and forget the real reason for the season, the first Christmas present, the birth of Jesus Christ.

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges
Ardmore Oklahoma
PO Box 2
Lone Grove, Oklahoma 73443

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