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Vol 14  Issue 704   July 22, 2010

PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

Email: butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net

Ok, you people have really went and done it now.  You have no idea how humbled I am at the Happy Birthday wishes posted last week on my Facebook webpage from all over the country.  I stopped counting at over 500, and there was no way I could respond to them all. But you can be sure I made mental notes of every one, and so appreciated by this now 61 year old “young” man. Thanks everyone!

One of my best birthday gifts came from Jill’s twin sister, June, in California, an iPod.  Now I’m trying to figure out how to play music on it.  lol


From the Indian Territory and Carter County Pioneers book – 1983:

John Harbo Carr – born in Lebanon, TN, came to Chickasaw Nation in 1847 as superintendent of the construction of Bloomfield Academy.  He chose the site and construction began in1852.

Reverend J.C. Robinson –  in 1851 was director of the Manual Training School for Boys near Tishomingo.

Captain Frederick Young, Dr. and Mrs H.F. Murray, Robert Cole, J. E. Wharton, Robert Body (a Chickasaw by birth), Elihu B. Hinshaw, J. R. Hendricks were all directors of Bloomfield Academy.

Joshua Harley – In 1880, was principal of Chickasaw Manual Labor Academy but had already served the school 20 years.  Ben Carter and S. M. White were later contractors.

James S. Allen – supervised the planning of Wapanucka Female Manual Labor School in 1851 to 1852.  The school was also Wapanucka Institute or Rock Academy.

C. M. Coppedge – first superintendent of Colbert (Collins) Institute, located at Perryville in Pontotoc county and was established in 1854.

Joe T. Roff – came to Indian Territory in 1871. The town of Roff, Oklahoma is name for him.

Frank W. Jones – came into Indian Territory in 1880 and lived near Duncan. In 1886 he married Carrie Colbert, Chickasaw.

W. D. Bailey came in from Texas in 1873 and located in Pickens County near Chickasha. In 1874 he married Matilda Buckholts, Choctaw. Both are buried in the Boggy Depot cemetery.

A Reader SE of Ardmore took this picture of a Roadrunner in their yard in 2006.  The little devils ruined their garden in’06, pecking at everything.  Since the birds are still there, they don’t even try to have a garden now.


Steve Hamm has placed online “Reflections of Ardmore and Carter County”. The book was published by The Daily Ardmoreite in 1995 and has many old photographs and historical information. Steve also added another Ardmore Shrine Rodeo Program book, 1984 edition.


Ardmoreite Larry Smith has been very instrumental at helping provide many of the criterions you see online.  He told me this week they are still looking for the 1942, 1943 and 1944 Ardmore criterions. Those were the war years and instead of publishing the usual year book, what was published was like a newspaper.  If anyone has one from those years, let Larry or Steve or me know and hopefully Steve can get it scanned and online.

Larry also said they are still needing Ardmore criterions for the years 1928 to 1934, and if anyone has one from  those years, let’s get it scanned and added to the website!


I snapped this picture of an advertisement on North Commerce.  I don’t know if its a sign of the times, or just history repeating itself.  Been a long time since I’ve seen $5 haircuts.



Our lone deer still comes to eat everyday.  I put out about a half quart of deer corn each morning. This is one of the better pics I snapped through our kitchen window of this Bambi.


Q.   When did the Indian removals begin?
A.   Around 1825 

Q.   What governor was called “the hero to the common people?”
A.   (answer in next week’s issue)

Gas prices today in the Ardmore area……


Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..“We went to Noble, Oklahoma last weekend and visited the Rose Rock Museum.  Oklahoma is the only one state that has rose rocks.  The museum is very nice and the owners are very friendly.  You need to stop by there and buy some rocks sometime. This is owned by Joe and Nancy Stein and are very nice people.  Nobel is located on 6 miles south of Norman, Oklahoma on Highway 77.”  -Doug Williams









“Butch, a comment about the disappearance of the ‘horny toads’. They are very sensitive to chemicals, tough on reproduction. Seems the major culprit most likely is the herbicide 2-4d………. My hat’s off to all the Chemical Cowboys.”

Roy Roundtree, Game Warden, ret.
Sulphur, OK

“Hi Butch, For your reader regarding the Horny Toads, I saw one two summers ago on the east side of Wichita Falls off Hwy 287. It’s the first one I’ve seen in fifteen years. Of course, I live in Florida and we see a lot of lizards here, but the horny toad has always been my favorite and they don’t live here. Thanks for the good work putting out the chicken feed for the turkeys! Hope Mr. Coyote doesn’t catch up with them!” -Cindy

“Butch, here’s the reply for the person who sees the bugs fly around his room at night. Every kid in Oklahoma has enjoyed catching June bugs every summer. Here’s the scientific stuff about them.

Phyllophaga is a very large genus (more than 260 species) of New World scarab beetles in the subfamily Melolonthinae. Common names for this genus and many other related genera in the subfamily Melolonthinae are May beetles, June bugs, and June beetles. They range in size from 8?25 mm and are blackish or reddish-brown in colour, without prominent markings, and often rather hairy ventrally. These beetles are nocturnal, coming to lights in great numbers. The adults are chafers, feeding on foliage of trees and shrubs. They may cause significant damage when emerging in large numbers. The larvae (called white grubs) feed on the roots of grasses and other plants. The insects pupate underground in the fall and emerge as adults the following spring. To test for the presence of these beetles, drenching an area of lawn with a wet substance will cause larvae to emerge at the surface. The adult beetles are very clumsy, both on land and especially in the air.

Flies in the family Pyrgotidae are endoparasitoids of these and related beetles. The female flies pursue the beetles in flight, laying an egg on the beetle’s back under the elytra where the beetle cannot reach it. The egg hatches and the fly larva enters the body cavity of the beetle, feeding on and eventually killing the host before pupating. Wasps in numerous families are parasitoids of Phyllophaga grubs, including Pelecinidae, Scoliidae, and Tiphiidae.

The generic name is derived from the Greek words phyllon (φυλλον), which means “leaf”, and phagos (φαγος), which means “eater”, with a plural ending.

Adult chafers eat the leaves and flowers of many deciduous trees, shrubs and other plants. However, their fat, white grubs (reaching 40?45 mm long when full grown) live in the soil and feed on plant roots, especially those of grasses and cereals, and are occasional pests in pastures, nurseries, gardens, and golf courses. The injury consists of poorly growing patches that quickly turn brown in dry weather. The grubs can be found immediately below the surface, usually lying in a characteristic comma-like position.[1]

The grubs sometimes attack vegetables and other garden plants, e.g. lettuce, raspberry, strawberry and young ornamental trees. Injury to the roots and rootstock causes small saplings and tender tap-rooted plants like lettuce to wilt suddenly or to show stunted growth and a tendency to shed leaves prematurely. Plants growing in rows are usually attacked in succession as the grubs move along from one plant to the next. Chafer grubs feed below ground for 3?4 years before changing into adult beetles.”

Gerald Whitworth
Glenpool, Oklahoma


“Butch, I enjoyed Turner Falls and the swimming pool in the creek on the eastside of the highway in the fifties. I forget the name of that facility but as I recall there was a restaurant there as well. I often wondered where the water in those two streams came from and where it went. Into the Washita river somewhere I suppose. Have you information, perhaps a map, that shows the flow of those streams? Enjoy your newsletter, look forward to it each week. Thanks so much.” -Jerry Brown in CA

“Butch, I am Phyllis ‘Long’ Rhodes and was born & raised in Afton, Ottawa Co., Oklahoma. The picture of Buffalo Ranch isn’t correct, someone must be joking? There wasn’t anything like the post-card picture that is posted, which looked like that at the Ranch? The Ranch was a big success back in the 50’s, but it never had those cactus, etc. They did have an arena where you could pay and go in to watch real Indians dance in full costume. They had a tee-pee in the lot for many years, a restaurant, a dairy queen and a gift shop. At one time they had pony rides, and you could sat upon a stuffed horse or buffalo and have your picture taken. They would put chaps on and cowboy hats for the picture. They had all kinds of animals, but of course the big buffalos. You could walk around the grounds and see them for free. It was the place to go during the summer in the evenings. Everyone from Afton would drive out and eat a dairy queen or have supper on the picnic tables. It was always listed on the ‘must stop to see’ list on old highway 66, which came right by it and right through Afton. It’s all gone now, none of the buildings exist anymore. They have built a large new building, something like a quick trip & sub shop in it. They also have gas pumps, lot’s of trucks stopping now. It’s a nice stop when you get off the turnpike gate at the Afton exit. The woman that owned it all long ago died, and in the last few years, it all changed.”

Phyllis ‘Long’ Rhodes
Ardmore, Oklahoma


“Hello Butch, I am researching my grandmother’s side of the family and have hit a wall. I’m hoping you can help. She was born in Ardmore, OK in 1907 to William Hudson and Della Barnes-Hudson. I know she is from the Choctaw tribe but that’s about all I know. I know it isn’t much to go on but do you think this is something someone can help me with? Thanks in advance,” -Pam Turner  pam@turnermoving.net

Data Sheet:

My grandmother’s name was Ollie Pearl Hudson. She was born March 4, 1907 to William Hudson and Della Barnes. She married Carl Leonard Lively and had five children. She died In Houston, Texas in 1978 and was buried in Humble, TX.

Della’s mother was Anna Scarlett but that’s all I have going backwards. Della married Dudley Green Diggs after my grandmother was born and proceeded to have more children. Seems like my grandmother’s half sibling was only one year younger if I am reading the census correctly.

It almost looks to me as though William and Della weren’t officially married. I know that was considered a horrible thing back in the day and my grandmother would have never alluded to that even if she suspected. Since we
live more openly in today’s world and know these things occur, I can’t help but wonder if that was the case?

For some reason (perhaps the one mentioned above) Della and William were estranged and I don’t think my grandmother, Ollie, had much knowledge of him. My cousin says Ollie went to meet/visit him at some point but doesn’t know when or why. I found several William Hudsons on the the Dawes Rolls but don’t know how to proceed from there. I am hoping one of those is my great grandfather so I can claim my Native American heritage officially.

I will be visiting Oklahoma in October to meet members of my father’s family. If I have more information on the Hudson side by then I would like to meet up with some of them.

“Wichita Falls, Texas Railroad Museum website.”  -Rusty


“View of Ardmore from the 5th floor of the new Mercy Hospital, what a lot of trees we have.” -Doug Williams







“Hi Butch, You can visit the page below to view the latest Keeping Chickens newsletter.”  -Gina


“Hey, Butch! Someone asked a T&T about the old rock building where Mitchell’s barber shop is located on 12th Street NW. When I was growing up it seems to me that that building was a grocery store. Can’t remember whose though. My aunt & uncle lived across the street in a garage apt but that’s about all I remember. I know that Harry & Wilna Tipps lived about a block behind it. But, that’s about all I can remember about it…it’s been a while.

“Butch, Dude’s Diner in Wilson also served “educated” hamburgers.  As I recall, and educated hamburger and fries cost $0.25 in the mid to late ’50s.  I remember as a teenager, my family took a vacation trip to West Virginia.  we stopped somewhere along the way and I ordered an educated hamburger.  The lady taking the order looked at me like I was crazy.  Must have been an Oklahoma thing!”  -Ken Barrett in Spring, TX

There are many T&T Readers living in California, many originally from this state.  I have only been to California once, but I will never forget the good times I had there. And thanks to all you transplanted Okies in California who help me with this weekly rag.  I remember one Reader who left Tishomingo headed to California before I was even born.  She said she knows she’ll never be back to Oklahoma and will die in California, but Oklahoma will always be home to her. I have lost touch with her, don’t even know if she is still living, but I will never forget the stories she shared in this newsletter years ago.

“California Okie”


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See everyone next week!

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

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