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Vol 16  Issue 788  March 8, 2012

PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402 Email:  butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net Phone: 580-490-6823

From This and That newsletter archives of March 6, 1999:

Q. What Cherokee Indian developed the Cherokee alphabet?


A. (answer in next week’s T&T)

Gas prices today in the Ardmore area……


Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..“Butch: Thought you might be interested in this article. I have not heard of a new drive in theater being opened anywhere in the last 50 years.”  -Larry Watkins


“Butch, I have been able to identify most of the people in the picture. Standing, L to R : Bill Heron, Vernon Straughn, Bob Meason, Otis,?Goober? Haines, J. B. ?Hook? Edgeman, Arthur ?Skinny? Stewart, not identified. Kneeling, L to R: Hubert Heron, Calvin Huffaker, not identified.  I believe the two ?not identified? players are Eddie Willingham and Merle Cooper. I have no idea who the ?bat boy? in front is.


Also I have attached of another team my dad played for in his 20+ year softball career; Beall?s IGA ? 1953.” -Lance Straughn


“Butch, a couple of weeks Lance Straughn sent you an article about his dad Vernon, and stated he was trying to get help in having Vernon installed in the Softball Hall of Fame. I grew up with the Straughns in Wilson and I can tell you this, there was not a finer man that ever walked the streets of Wilson. He raised 3 sons who have all left a mark in and around Wilson and all have carried on the Chickasaw culture. I graduated from high school with Glenn (Buddy), Barry was two years older and Lance was 2 years younger than me. Vernon stood tall in everyone’s eyes and was a great leader of young men and women. Vernons accomplishments on the athletic fields are still talked about today by those who knew him. It would be a real shame if Vernon was never Installed as a member of the Hall.”  -Ken Kemp, Whitesboro, Texas

“Dear Butch, I read the April 29, 2010 T&T about the sign that was found in Fort Worth. I am a granddaughter of George P. Selvidge, Sr. George had a brother W. A. Selvidge who lived in Alvarado, TX which is near Fort Worth. I think his descendants lived in Fort Worth. That might explain how the sign got to Fort Worth but not why it was hidden in the house.” -Rebekah



“Butch, I found one pic of me at the ranch, but I am still looking for one of me with Gene by the ranch sign. My mom ran a souvenir stand located at the bottom of horseshoe curve, just past the blue hole. Directly across US 77 was a burro ride that went up around the Arbuckles, and I got free daily rides! Dad was a cook at the Cedarvale Inn (east side of highway) and skating rink on the way to Davis. We lived there the summer of 1942? You had a lot of material several years ago in the T&T about the Bar-C Ranch.” -Donald Bridges in CA

Cedarvale Grill on Highway 77 in the Arbuckle Mts. The rental cabins were on the west. A bit further north was a swimming hole that was part of the Methodist summer camp.


“I see a request for info on some Thackerville residents in the 1908 era. I am looking for information about Bob, now known as Bomar (5 miles south of Thackerville). Where might I find early history, residents, etc. about Bob 1900-1910? My grandmother, Alma Brunt Coffman, came to I.T. from the Alto, TX, area with her parents, Jesse and Molly Brunt, around 1900-1907. They lived in Bob for some time where Jesse worked some land for the Daube family. They eventually moved on to the Middleburg/Chickasha area.  Any info or leads would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.” nancywilson2020@aol.com

“Butch I got a question, seems the term Educated Hamburger is gone now like the Edsel but even back when it was only known a few hundred miles from here, where did that term come from originally, for those that have forgotten it , it meant a hamburger with mayo lettuce tomatoes and no onions. We still have a walking national treasure around here, Rose from Bill and Barbs, hardest working woman I ever saw, last I saw her she was working at Walmart shoe dept, wish I could say give me a educated, what a cheese burger Rose, just one more time” -Linda Long

“Your recent newsletter included a letter re Orr, OK. signed by a gentleman who last name was WALLACE. All of my family on both sides came into the CHICKASAW NATION communities of Orr, Cornish, St. Petersburg, Grady, around 1880. These families included the Browns, Bourlands Dunford, Baker on my mother’s side and the Hancocks, Hammons, Burges, Dorsetts on fathers side. There are dozens of other names because of so many children on each side and their marriages. Seems like at one time I had relatives of some degree in most of Carter, Love and Jefferson County there are not too many of my age, 85 this year, left It was wonderful to grow up with dozens of aunt, uncles and cousins where we were all friends from both sides of my extended family As the name Wallace is also connected to my Dorsett family could you give me the e mail address of this gentleman so that i might contact him. Enjoy your weekly newsletters so much.” -Jo Dorsett Kemmer

“Where is Ann’s Chicken Fry? From the look of the cars I lived somewhere in OKC about that time and I don’t remember it at all.” -Wes


“Dear Butch, In the early 60s around the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, my dad, Ben Day, started building underground fallout shelters. I cannot tell you if he built any but I sure would like to find out. I do remember in the later 60s working one summer on one in Davis and would like to find out if it is still there. They had drilled a water well in it. Seems like the walls and ceiling were over 12 inches thick and the steel in it was overwhelming. Maybe readers of This & That can help me find the shelters he built. It would be very interesting to visit each one. Sure hope someone knows something about them, especially the one I worked on in Davis, think the summer of 69.”  -Randy Day, Noble, OK.  annrandy@netzero.com

“Thought of you today. We are at Porterville, CA and had two burger baskets with drinks at a Mexican place called Super Burger and were good! Fed me and wife and dog. lol big meal burger basket $6.59 double meat cheeseburger with big drink. Deluxe cheese burger with regular drink $4.69 =  $12.15 tax and all. Maybe the long distance record for your burger places?”  -Garvis

“Wichita Falls TX pit bull attack this week. I do not understand why they did not charge the owners with violation of the Texas Dangerous Dog Statue, a Felony.”  -Larry


“I just added The Daily Ardmoreite to my “News” folder of bookmarks (everything from cable news channels, to OKC and Dallas papers, to
tech and trivia). Read the headlines, then clicked on Obits and found out Joe Ben Ponder had passed away. Ardmore has lost another icon.”

“There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to ? The Outer Limits.”  ?Opening narration, The Control Voice, 1960s


See everyone next week!

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

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