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Vol 16  Issue 817  September 20, 2012

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

The first Superintendent of Carter county schools was Mary Niblack. There was a Mary Niblack school SE of Ardmore. This is the school’s cornerstone. The old school bell from the school now resides in the belfry of the Mary Niblack Baptist Church SE of Ardmore. There is still a Mary Niblack Road named after her east of town. This week on Facebook I posted her photo and the question was asked, where is she buried? After searching our local records, it was determined she was not buried in Carter county. So several of my Facebook “super sleuths” started looking for her. She was found buried in Tyler, Texas. Her husband died in Ardmore and is buried in Tyler, Texas too.

V.A. (Doll) Niblack died April 2, 1915, at Ardmore, Oklahoma, following a long illness. He was previously a resident of Tyler. Mr. Niblack was survived by his widow, the former Mrs. Mary Winn, and two sisters of Mineola, Texas. Burial was in Liberty Hill Cemetery, Tyler. (Tyler Daily Courier Times, April 2nd and 5th, 1915; Tyler Weekly Courier Times, April 9, 1915)

Virgil Adolphus Niblack
Death: Apr. 2, 1915
age 59 yrs
Burial: Liberty Hill Cemetery
Tyler, Smith County, Texas
Plot: Section B

Mary V. Niblack
Born Mar. 10, 1856
Death: Jun. 21, 1938
Burial: Liberty Hill Cemetery
Tyler, Smith County, Texas
Plot: Section B

This is a 1907 photo of Mary Niblack from the Ardmore criterion of that year when she was a teacher at Ardmore where she taught history and Latin.


Oklahoma History Revisited by Larry Guthrie, Sulphur

Question:  How long did it take to slaughter 50 million buffalo?

Answer:  Sometime after the Civil War ended (1865) the buffalo began to be killed by railroad hunters and by 1878 the buffalo herds were gone, there were now a scattered few. The white man now only slaughtering for the hides and the bones left to bleach. Later even these were gathered and shipped. The once vast source of food, clothing and shelter for the Indians had disappeared.

Gary Simmons through his research found several servicemen who were stationed at the Ardmore Airbase after the WWII memorial at the airpark was dedicated back in 2003. They died in air crashes in other parts of the country, but were stationed out of the Ardmore Airbase back in those days. As a memorial to those men who died, we ordered 2 black granite plaques from Etch Plus in Arkansas with the names of those servicemen inscribed on them. I received the plaques in the mail this week, the plaques are beautiful. In a few days we will attach these two plaques to the front of the WWII memorial already in place at the airpark.


Gunny Sack: A bag or sack made of gunny. Also called regionally crocus sack, croker sack, tow bag, tow sack.
Regional Note: A large sack made from loosely woven, coarse material goes by a variety of names in regional American English. The most general term is burlap bag, known everywhere but used especially in the Northeast. In the Midwest and West the usual term is gunnysack, which ultimately comes from the Sanskrit word gon, meaning “jute or hemp fiber.” In the Upper South such a sack is called a tow sack, and in Eastern North Carolina, a tow bag. (The word tow is another synonym for fabric made from jute or hemp and probably derives from an Old English word for “spinning.”) In South Carolina and adjacent parts of Georgia, it is called a crocus sack, and in the Gulf states, a croker sack, both terms deriving from the word crocus. According to Craig M. Carver, who draws on the research of Walter S. Avis, “Crocus is a coarse, loosely woven material once worn by slaves and laborers and common in colonial New England. It probably took its name from the sacks in which crocus or saffron was shipped.” Though the term crocus sack virtually disappeared from New England by the end of the 19th century, it survives in the South.

Last Saturday Jill and I went to the Chickasaw Cultural Center at Sulphur to eat lunch. When I saw the Indian Territory hamburger on their menu, I knew what I wanted.  It was a great burger, and they give you all trimmings on the side so you can fix it the way you want it. And you do get potato chips with the meal. I didn’t take a pic of their sweet potato fries, but they were delicious.  Here’s that burger… just look at it and see if your mouth don’t water!


This is a pic I snapped inside of the cafe and dining area is located. The atmosphere is so calming and pleasant.


After eating that great hamburger, we bought tickets to see the movie Turquoise Rose. This is a pic of the entrance to the theater and that 2,700 square foot screen.


After leaving Sulphur we had to stop at the Fried Pie place SW of Davis at Exit 51 and I-35. We bought two Apricot fired pies, oh man, fried to perfection, perfect!


The Cotton Patch Cafe opened in Ardmore this week. Its located just east of Lowes in the Ardmore Commons mall.


For about a week now I been trying out a new program that stop companies on the internet from tracking you with their cookies. Abine is doing a great job from website to website at blocking this intrusion of privacy by companies and advertising campaigns on so many webpages.  I had a little trouble getting the Abine icon to stay on the Tool Bar, but outside of that it works great.


From This and That newsletter archives of September 19, 1998:

On Tuesday night December 21, 1915, Ardmore City Commissioners voted to allow H.E. Foster of the Ardmore Ice, Light and Power Company to install electric street lights along the south side of Main Street between Washington and Mill Street. Mr Foster agreed to install the street lights as an experiment to see if Main Street needed such lighting. Mr. Foster said he would pay for the lights and electricity for 60 days. Mayor Mullen had been proposing changing to electric lights for some time.

Gas prices today in the Ardmore area……


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Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..“Butch, I found a picture of my third grade class at Jefferson School. Mrs. Mae Ross was our teacher that year. It was probably 1946. Lots of the class are still here in the Ardmore Area as Business men and women of Ardmore. See whom all will recoginize themselves or their family member in the group. Thought you might want to add it to your This and That column some time.”  -Betty (Ford) Dighton

“Butch, I hope these photos is in a form (Adobe Reader PDF format) you can use. I was fascinated at Virgil Harris’ story on the Lowenstein Theatres. My dad (Warren Davis) was an operator at the Palace and Princess in the 1920’s working for the Lowensteins and he was good friends with Larry Boggs and Pat Terry. The Lowensteins either sold or turned operation of the theatres to Griffith Amusements later to become Video Independent Theatres, I will guess in the 30’s or 40’s (a guess). Pat Terry quit and sold insurance. Larry Boggs became the master mind behind development of Vumore CATV which was a subsidiary of the Video Theatres. The chain operated 164 theatres in 50 towns in Okla. and Texas. Ava Webb, Ritz operator, became the head concession operator at the Tivoli (center of photo) and was there when I left the company in 1966. I don’t know when Ted Jackson (head operator) and Ruth Alexander (head cashier) came on board but they appear to be the elders of the group. I am third from right top row and was a manager trainee at this time. I went to Hugo to manage the theaters later in 1963. All of the young ladies were relief cashiers or concession attendants. The young guys were ticket takers and relief operators. Bill Love was the Manager and his wife was part time secretary. The chief operator at the Park (Ritz) was Les Thomas (not in photo). He later was manager of the Tivoli in to the 70′. I barely remember the Paramount. I think it was across the street from the Ritz. I agree Virgil, the times working at the theatres for all us kids was fun.”  -George Davis AHS class 1960



Fiesta Ardmore pictures Saturday held on Sept 15, 2012. -Doug Williams

“My brother worked at the little store at the intersection where you turn to go to lake Murray Lodge. The refrigeration had failed so the manager gave my Bro a case of the can biscuits to take home, we had only an Ice Box (1952-53). When they started to explode in the Ice Box my dad said get those things out of here. Someone fed them to an old stray dog and her Puppy’s. The biscuits started to rise once introduced to the warm stomach’s of the pups and they swelled up to the point where they couldn’t even scratch and could only grunt. Although it had to be a rough time for the K-9’s we have laughed about that ordeal for many years. All but one of the four pups survived and it was many years before my dad would allow canned biscuits to be served at our home. His comment was, “I told you they were not fit to eat.”. -Donald Greenaway

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“I have found some of your articles useful in my genealogy research. My husbands great grandfather was Marion Thomas Pierce of Ardmore, Okla. You have mentioned him a few times in connection to Cannon School, Fox, Okla. We don’t know much about him. His son Lonnie died July 1916 shortly after his son Willie Paul Pierce was born. Then Willie Paul was killed in WW II in Belgium. We would be grateful if anyone knows any info about the family. Thanks again.”

Sharon and Willie Pierce
Breckenridge, Texas

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Norman, Okla.

The Crystal Pyramid of Bermuda. Perhaps larger than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Go to Google Earth with these coordinates and zoom in as it is of a pyramid shape. 32?23’13.72″N 72?37’47.96″W

The Daily Ardmoreite
January 31, 1921
It is not a building boom that is coming upon the town but just the natural growth expected in a town which bids fair to become permanent and always a live business point. That’s the reason for the planning of a number of brick and concrete structures which will be erected here within the spring months and which is also why the citizens of the town will spend more money on sidewalks in the next three months than any town in the state this size.
To enumerate all the buildings contemplated is too great a task for a busy man to tackle, hence we are mentioning only those which are certain to be erected. There’s Mack Saied of the Leader store, putting in a two-story brick on his present location, Collier Bros., a two-story brick on the lot where the Merchants Cafe now stands; Jack Langston, a one-story brick on the lot occupied by the Elk Barber Shop: Carmichael Bros, a two-story brick where their store is now located and J. H. Heironymus a one story brick on the lots just west of this office. Then there is Mr. Westcott, who is putting in a brick show house just east of the Dreamland skating rink and J. D. Martin with a two story hotel building on the lots just west of Kimbro & Jacksons old stand. The Southern Supply Co., has its building completed and is doing business while every where you look new buildings are going up.
Today there are more people in Healdton by a third than were ever here before and they all want homes. Getting back to “normalcy” in a business way has caused a bit of distress but it is less noticeable here than elsewhere, as evidenced by the building operations either planned or under way.
Contracts have already been let for the laying of sidewalk from Proctor & Waltrip’s store to the railroad on the south side of Main Street and from the Kozy theater to the depot on the north side. Then there’s the block from the townside office to the central rooms which will also be laid at once. And then comes the walk to the high school building.
Wherefore, we proclaim to the world that Healdton is in a class by herself; that there is none other just like her and there won’t ever be. It’s a good town to live in and do business in – but a blamed poor place to die, because every body is so busy they don’t have time to properly regret your passing. Come and see us. Healdton Herald

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On top of spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball,
When somebody sneezed.

It rolled off the table,
And on to the floor,
And then my poor meatball,
Rolled out of the door.

It rolled in the garden,
And under a bush,
And then my poor meatball,
Was nothing but mush.


See everyone next week!
Butch and Jill Bridges
Lone Grove, Oklahoma

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