PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 580-490-6823
I am always amazed when someone shares something I haven’t thought or even seen in many years, jogging my memory of a time from my younger years. That happened this week from an Ardmoreite who still had in her possession a membership card from years ago. Linda Long shared a scan of her Hullabaloo membership card this week. I remember going to Hullabaloo back in the 60s in the 200 block of West Main, south side of the street. It was lots of fun, the loud music, the dimly lit room, the flashing strobe lights, and the local girls up dancing on those squares above everyone heads. And let’s not forget the national Hullabaloo tv show with all the top music stars appearing on national tv bringing us the latest rock and roll music.
Talk about jogging someone’s memory from Ardmore’s past, I have been doing just that, looking through old photographs taken in and around Ardmore during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. I have been given several thousand photos, and some have been really memory joggers for me, even photos of me when I worked at the ambulance service and calls I made back in the 70s. As time permits, over the months ahead, I will be sharing some of those photos, so stay tuned!
I found another Bald Eagle Webcam in West Virginia this week. It was snowing when I looked and the mother was sheltering her 2 eggs from the snow. The next day when I went back to look, the snow was everywhere and see was still on the nest.
I saw a copy of Oklahoma Living magazine published by Oklahoma Electric Cooperatives this week and enjoyed it so much I subscribed. At $6 a year for non-members, I thought what a bargain! So much good reading in it. It even has a This n That column. lol I can hardly wait to get my first copy!
Oklahoma Connections Academy (OKCA) is a free online public school serving students throughout Oklahoma in grades K?8 and expanding to K?12 in the 2012?13 school year.
From This and That newsletter archives of February 13, 1999:
“Butch, This is a picture of some of the dignitaries at the burial of Hardy Murphy’s horse (in Ardmore). Reading left to right they are: Floyd Randolph, Jim Askew Sr., Jim Askew Jr. Hardy Murphy, Mayor Iley Oxford, City Mgr. Emmet Brown, Ray Colvert, Unknown, Quintin Little, Carl Holden and Guy Harris.”
Here’s a $20 bill drawn on the Bank of Chandler, Oklahoma in 1929.
Q. Back in the 1960s when I’d help in my grandfather’s lumber yard, people who had leaky roofs would come in and ask for Plastic Roof Cement, only back in those days many called it by another name. What was it?
A. (answer in next week’s T&T)
Gas prices today in the Ardmore area……
Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..
“Hi Butch, In the past, some of your Readers have brought up memories of the days when commercial league softball was popular in this area. I am the son of Vernon Straughn, one of the top pitchers of the time. When I was growing up, I watched many pitching duels between him and Tommy Reynolds at the old Raum Field at the Fairgrounds. It was not unusual for them to strike out 14 or 15 batters each in a game that ended in a 1-0 score. While playing for Samedan Oil in 1953, he struck out 46 batters in a 19 inning game against the OG&E team. He pitched several perfect games during his almost 20 year pitching career which ended in 1955 when he was killed in an automobile accident. I have been gathering the documents necessary to nominate him to the Oklahoma and National Softball Hall of Fame. Any help your readers could provide will be greatly appreciated. I have attached a picture of one of the Chickasaw Lumber Company teams he played for. He is standing second from the left. You might also recognize Arthur ?Skinny? Stewart, one time Carter County Undersheriff and Wilson coach, standing second from the right.” -Lance Straughn email@example.com
Note: Raum Field was at the Southeast corner of the Carter County Fairgrounds. I think it was abandoned about 1962 when they built Straughn Park over by Cardinal Field.
“Butch, tell George that the Smokehouse II is under new ownership and is a pleasant eating experience. However, we drive on out to Lindsey most times because we like their brisket a little better.” -Dan
“Oh, my gosh!! McKerson’s had the best darn BBQ in the whole city!! My brother & I loved it when my dad would splurge at least once a month and go to the “Lieutenant’s” and get brisket and pulled pork along with the juicy, greasy BBQ sauce and all the sides. I can still close my eyes and just taste that yummy goodness. I still, have yet to this day, in my 55 years been able to find a BBQ place who could top Lt. McKerson’s!!!! It literally was the best & always will be!!!!!” -Kathi G
“Butch, You mentioned the location of Picher, Oklahoma. Before it was unincorporated and ceased to exist, the north city limits of Picher was the Oklahoma – Kansas state line. Just across the border was Treece, Kansas. Other than the state line sign, you did not know when you left Oklahoma and entered Kansas. The Missouri state line is about 10 miles to the east.” -Tom Walker
“Hi butch, I think the town on route 66 is Clinton. My wife and I were married in 1959 in Cordell. my folks lived there. Dad worked at air base after they closed Ardmore air base. we spent our honeymoon in the Tradewinds Motel. It is still there. You mentioned Orr, Oklahoma. The house we live in was moved here in 1948 from Orr. Small world. We enjoy your newsletter very much. Keep on keeping on. Thanks.” -jim ragland
“Butch, Miller’s was originally a Dairy Queen but they gave up the franchise because their fees went up. I think they changed the name to Miller’s Dairy Freeze. It was located on the northeast corner of Broadway and “E” Street across the street to the east from Ed Luke’s home. When they got out of the business, Ted Gill, AHS class of 1965, bought it and eventually moved it to its current location on Broadway across the street from the Bargain Lady. Ted’s wife died about three years ago and I don’t know what has happened with the drive-in since then.” -Monroe Cameron
“I maintain a History education website. This site is a personal project of mine that will hopefully help inform students about which schools across the country are currently offering a masters degree program in History.” -Lori Hutchison
“I have not seen pictures on your site of the new hotel being built by the Chickasaws in Sulphur. Maybe I missed them, but if not, here are a couple taken a few weeks back.” -Joh
MUSTARD STYLE BBQ SAUCE
1 CUP OF MUSTARD
1 CUP OF MOLASSES
1/4 CUP OF CIDER VINEGAR
1/4 CUP PURE HONEY
1 TBLS. OF OIL ( YOUR CHOICE, I USE OLIVE OIL OR CANOLA.
1/4 TSP. POWDERED OREGANO
1/4 TSP. TSP. POWDERED THYME
1/4 TSP. BLACK GROUND PEPPER
1/4 TSP. CAYENNE PEPPER
COMBINE DRY INGREDIENTS IN A SAUCE PAN
ADD VINEGAR TO MAKE A PASTE.
MIX WELL PLACE OVER HIGH HEAT, ADD REMAINING
INGREDIENTS BRING TO A BOIL, STIRRING CONSTANTLY.
REDUCE HEAT AND SIMMER FOR ABOUT 10 MIN.
( OPTIONS )
COULD USE 1/2 ? ? REG. MUSTARD AND DIJON
COULD TRY 1/2 OF THE MOLASSES & HONEY
USE FRESH THYME, OREGANO, & MORJORAM
FINELY MINCED & TWICE THE CAYENNE
“Butch, I can’t resist responding to Richard Davis although I can’t provide the history of Clemscot for which he is asking. However, we shopped at Wooldridge’s Grocery for many years. I recall the previous owners were Jack and “Tuffy” whose last name I cannot remember. My grandfather bought groceries and cattle feed. They would sprinkle red “stuff” on the wooden floors before sweeping. I’m sure it was to reduce the dust. For some reason I think my grandfather liked John Wooldridge and his store better than Robert’s store in Ratliff City. He did eventually switch. Maybe because John sold the store??”
Fox High School 1962
Looking for any information on Charles Spears, born 1885 died 1967, married Fannie Pistole. They had one son, Jay Spears (1911-1990) and lived in Ardmore. After Fannie’s death, Charles remarried Vivian and had one more child named Dorean. Send info to Debi Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 918-470-6705
Buy Me A Rose – by Kenny Rogers 1999
He works hard to give her all he thinks she wants
A three car garage, her own credit cards
He pulls in late to wake her up with a kiss goodnight
If he could only read her mind she’d say:
Buy me a rose, call me from work,
Open a door for me what would it hurt
Show me you love me by the look in your eyes
These are the little things I need the most in my life.
See everyone next week!
Butch and Jill Bridges
PO Box 2
Lone Grove, Oklahoma 73443
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