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Vol 15  Issue 778  December 22, 2011

PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

Email: butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net

Phone: 580-490-6823

Sunday, December 28, 1919
Ardmore, Oklahoma


At the county jail, following his usual custom, Sheriff Buck Garrett was host to the prisoners on Christmas Day. And the sheriff lived up to his policy of not doing things by halves and put on a highly appreciated “spread”.

There was turkey and cranberry sauce and pies and all the “fixings” attendant at a Christmas feast.

Besides all the good things at the dinner table, the “shut-ins” received candies, fruits, nuts, tobacco, etc., all of which helped materially to lighten the burden of feeling that they were denied the freedom of the average American citizen.

A T&T Reader in Healdton surprised us this week with a nice Christmas  gift. A whole box of kiwi fruit! When I told Jill she got excited and asked if the fruit was from California.  I said yes, California kiwi, she said great! So we spent the evening peeling kiwi and getting it ready for freezing in small baggies.  Friends make life worth living!


I had a request this week aimed mainly at my Murray county Readers. Does anyone remember a stock car racetrack north of Sulphur?  We know it was in operation back in 1957.  If anyone has info such as who ran the track, years in operation and exact location, etc., let me know.

My friend Steve Moran in Australia saw the Longhorn Diner hamburger in last weeks T&T and stopped in at a burger place about a 100 miles NW of Sidney to share a burger with me from the down under. He snapped a pic of their Aussie burger trying to entice Jill and I to visit for a taste. Sure looks good. This first photo is of the Crib Box Cafe in Braxton, NSW, Australia where Steve stopped in to eat that burger.


Here’s a photo of the Crib Box Cafe burger from Australia


Speaking of Australia, here is a Walkabout movie made in Australia. And no, that is not my friends Steve and Sonnia in the video.  LOL


From This and That newsletter archives of December 20, 1998:
On Wednesday, December 17, 1997, at 1:30pm The Honorable Judge Charles Tate conducted the first Initial Appearances using television cameras between the Carter County courtroom and the detention center. CableOne had been busy the past few weeks installing cabling and cameras at the two locations. After much testing of the equipment the past two or three weeks, Judge Tate gave his node of approval, and the first Initial Appearances by video camera took place December 17th. Every thing went as planned and twenty minutes later the true marvel of high tech closed circuit television was realized in the Carter County Courthouse in Ardmore, Oklahoma. I want to commend CableOne for the fine work they did, running the cables, providing the color cameras, installing the necessary electronic components, the hours of testing, and doing this all as a public service at no charge to Carter county government.

Q. Many know how “Sooners” came to be; but how about “Boomers”?
A.  Answer in next week’s T&T

Gas prices today in the Ardmore area……


Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..“A fellow by the name of Stanley Thacker married the sister of my Great Grandfather, Green Lucas Foreman, and was his guardian ad litem when they migrated from Alabama to the San Augustine strip of Texas in 1832 (Green was 17 at the time). Stanley had a son about the same age as Green, whose name was Zacariah, but instead of settling in Texas as Stanley and Green did, he headed north into Arkansas. Then he began to follow the Red River west and finally settled on the north side of the river where he founded a village which finally grew into Thackerville.”  -Jim Foreman

1936 Pontiac assembly factory

“Butch, when Metzler Brothers left the strip near Thackerville they moved to Lindsey, TX. I think they are still there. I will check the next time I am down that way. They had VERY good BBQ.”

“These are a couple of shots I took early this morning while checking boundary fences out on the farm, these are big male wallabies. I only had my cell so the quality isn’t the best. All the best for Christmas and New Year.” -Steve & Sonnia in AU


“Thought you might like to have these photos for the website. The parking garage is north of the hotel. The front entrance of the hotel faces NW toward the old First Methodist building. The original hotel entrance was on the SW corner. In various spots, the new structure can be seen peeking over the tree tops as you drive around town. There are additional buildings being constructed behind the main hotel. I’ll send photos of those later. I hope they are going to call it The Artesian! I think that if long time Sulphur residents had a choice they would vote for that.”  -Mary Lou




“Good morning Butch and Jill. Was reading the article that Carol Black presented. I have been using Microsoft Security Essentials, SUPERantispyware, Free edition and Malwarebytes anti malware which are all free for the last 3 years and have no problem. The Free edition on the 2 other than Microsoft Security Essential have to be manually updated and I try to do that about every 2 weeks. Some time its longer but they all have kept my computer running great. If you have Norton or McAfee that slows your computer you have to Delete them from your computer, and I would suggest not to do that if you have just purchased them but wait until you have to buy them again. Have a VERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS from Bend, OR.”  -Cole


“The other day I ran across three silver coins you had given Bob for Christmases. One for the year 1995 and one for 1996 ($5 each). The third one has a tag from you to Bob, Christmas ’95. I had left them on the computer desk to be locked up in the fireproof box. What an eerie feeling when you mentioned you & your wife buying some. Merry Christmas to the two of you and a Happy New Year.”  -Sue

The Davis News – 100 YEARS AGO
Murray County Commissioners were exonerated by a grand jury that was called after a petition was circulated asking for their dismissal.

Editor Fay Crossett predicted that at the rate the post office was increasing its sales it wouldn’t be many years before Davis had free city delivery. “Let us get busy on our sidewalks and be ready when the time comes,” he wrote.

Each of the Davis churches was having a Christmas tree. The public was invited to visit and place gifts under the trees.

An iron building was being built to accommodate the officials of the Davis & Turner Falls Southwestern Railway Co.

H.C. Draughon’s Sons Co. advertised a Kodak for $2 and another for $3 that take perfectly perfect pictures.

A choice 10 acre tract of land would be given to the person suggesting a name for an amusement company to be organized to operate along Honey Creek between the depot and Turner Falls, a distance of about three-quarters of a mile. Shoot the shoots, aerial railways, dancing pavilion, vaudeville shows and a typical “Midway pleasance” were to be among the attractions to be located near Turner Falls.

At least two concrete dams, providing large swimming pools and lakes for fishing and buildings were to be built early in the spring. “Mayor” Dickinson said he planned many new and novel attractions at the famous resort.

“Things not Generally Known about Davis”
A November 1911 column entitled “Things not Generally Known about Davis,” included the following: Davis is the trade center of a greater area of rich cultivated farm lands than any other town in the state; Davis has more lands of all character in its trade radius; the famous Washita river lands adjacent to Davis raise the finest export fruits;

Within eight miles of Davis are the most extensive deposits of high grade glass sands, adapted to the manufacture of the finest plate glass, known to exist anywhere.

Within 10 miles of Davis are the greatest deposits of rock asphalt in the U.S.; at the limits of the town, the ground is composed of the very finest clays and shales for the manufacture of fire and building brick and for the making of the costliest mantles and tiles; one of the greatest lead and zinc fields in the world lies at the towns threshold.

There is a complete railroad grade leading from the town to marvelous health-giving springs not 10 miles distant; within 5 miles are inexhaustible quantities of the finest limestone for building and crushing purposes; that for most of the great buildings and in nearly all the state buildings Davis sand is required.

Davis has an inexhaustible supply of chemically pure water and everlasting springs perennial in their sparkling flow of the purest water on earth in a hundred places in the Arbuckle mountains, not 6 miles from Davis.Have people been told that we have no poverty here as poverty is known. Have people been told that there is not a drunkard lives in Davis, and that the criminal records stretching out of Territorial days for 20 years down to the present prove Davis to have less of crime than any town of its size in the state. These conditions which are found in Davis do not come haphazard or by chance. They are the result of a sturdy, progressive, alert, intelligent and dominant citizenship.

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause – first recorded in 1952

I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus
Underneath the mistletoe last night
She didn’t see me creep down the stairs to have a peak
She thought that I was tucked up in my Bedroom fast asleep.

Then I saw mommy tickle Santa Claus
Underneath his beard so snowy white
What a laugh it would have been
If daddy had only seen
Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night.


Thanks everyone for all the Christmas cards, emails, and Facebook Posts! Merry Christmas to all and we’ll see everyone next week!

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

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