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Vol 16  Issue 818  September 27, 2012

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

I mentioned last week about two black granite memorial plaques I ordered, they came in, and last Saturday I attached them to the WWII memorial at the Ardmore Airpark. I think they turned out really nice looking, even if done by an amateur.



I used Locktite PL530 adhesive that is made for granite to attach each 8X11 piece of granite to the larger Autumn Rose granite memorial. Hopefully they will stay stuck for many years to come. I’ve have used Liquid Nails on other projects like this, and it worked well.  Since this stated on the label for granite, I decided to give Locktite a try.  Liquid Nails makes an adhesive for granite too, but Lowes in Ardmore did not have it in stock.


And the newly erected flag pole at the memorial site sure is beautiful. The pole came from the old Army hospital that was on the base during the war. Myself and a lot of others appreciate Chris Bryant, airpark manager, for getting it moved, painted and lights on it.


The cedar frame used to hold the newspaper from that day about the crash was needing painted, so I used dark walnut stain to seal it.  Hopefully it won’t need another coat for years to come.


A Reader asked me this week how the old Walker Stadium got its name. As best I can find out it was named after the family who donated the land back in 1936, Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Walker of Oklahoma City (president of Ardmore’s First National Bank in 1936).


I saw a praying mantis in the yard this week. I hope he is praying for rain, this area is so dry, even though we did get a little rain this week.


A couple weeks ago I mentioned the free program Do Not Track Plus and how its doing a great job at guarding my privacy from the eyes of internet companies by the use of their cookies, etc.  So far its blocked over 2,200 attempts by websites and companies to put their cookies on my computer.


Oklahoma History Revisited by Larry Guthrie, Sulphur

Question:  Where was Will Rogers buried? (using the language of the day)

Answer:  Will Rogers was born November 4, 1879, in a two-story log house on his father?s farm in northeastern Oklahoma. At 5, one of his father?s Negro hands started teaching him how to rope. At 6, he has his own pony. His home was in the Cherokee nation and his youthful association was with the Indian children. Will Rogers and Wiley Post, crashed and died on August 15, 1935, after a crash when their plane failed on a take-off. Post was buried at Oklahoma City; Rogers in California; later moved to Claremore.

From This and That newsletter archives of September 26, 1998:

A friend took a pic for me of a bell in front of the First Presbyterian Church in Caddo, Oklahoma. Caddo is where a terrible shoot occurred a few years ago between two desperadoes and several Oklahoma Highway Patrolmen. I think three Troopers died from the guns of those maniacs.
There are only three courthouses in Oklahoma with clocks in their domes. The Love County Courthouse in Marietta, Oklahoma, the courthouse in Ardmore, and the courthouse in Cordell, Oklahoma.
“Does anyone know what an “Orthodox Baptist” is? I have been a Baptist for 54 years and never heard the term used before.” BFDAD@aol.com
“Let someone know you care, it might make the difference between life and death. Believe me, I know. In the 70s and 80s when I worked at the ambulance service I went to many suicides. As I think back… I remember one young 19 year old man, married just a week, living two blocks from my house on G Street SW, for reasons not known, ended his life. What would it have took to keep him here… a few smiles… a few hugs… a few dollars? Sometimes it’s the little things that can mean so much.” – Butch Bridges

Gas prices today in the Ardmore area……


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Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..“Your posts about theater employees was interesting, but I wondered if anyone remembers Dollie Talkington, who was traffic manager at KVSO in the 1940’s. She told me (when I also worked there) that she had been a piano player in the theater during silent film days. Wish I had asked her more about it at the time!”  -Carolyn (Jones) Frei

“Butch, reference to the Tivoli theater link below, I was thrilled to see my mom’s picture (Ruth Alexander) in your newsletter and wanted to tell you a bit about her. I went to work at the Tivoli on my 16th birthday (which was in 1953) and then about a year later Ruth went to work out at the drive-in on 77W, can’t remember the name of it now. She worked at the drive-in for several years, then went to the old Ritz and on to the Tivoli, ended up at the theater near Broadway and I-35. She had a ready smile for everyone and the highest of work ethics! Ruth, along with some of the other older employees, Ava and, (maybe), Les and Ted, were let-go when management changed around 1988.- she was 77 years old and it absolutely crushed her at the time!! Then she was able to draw unemployment for 6 months and that did make her feel better! Ruth and Ava were friends and she also felt like the other employees were her extended family, She was particularly fond of Mr. Dean and Bill Love. When most of her Ardmore family passed away, she moved to a Retirement Home here in Fort Worth and spent the remaining 7 years visiting with her daughters and all of the grandkids, it was the beginning of heaven for her! She was very active until 2 weeks before she passed away in 1999 of leukemia. Ruth is buried with her husband in the Veterans Section of the cemetery at Ardmore. Thanks for the opportunity to share — Ann Alexander Propst, Fort Worth, AHS Class of 1955

Butch, my second cousin once removed, C.D. Fitch of Houston, shared your website with me about a year ago and I have enjoyed your articles in general so very much! I’m sure you bring sunshine and fond memories to countless people.! It was certainly a wonderful feeling for me to know that there are still people who remember my Mom.”

Ann Propst

“Another put bull fatality in our area today. Seems to be a regular occurrence in this area.”  -Larry Watkins, Mesquite, TX

“Woman mauled and killed by pit bull in Oklahoma City this week. -Cecil

Three year old attacked by pit bull at Muskogee, Oklahoma last Friday

“Toe sack what you put “snipe’ in when you go snipe hunting.”

How baseballs are made.

Oklahoma WWII veteran James ?Jake? McNiece receives France’s highest decoration.

A shipmate has returned to the sea. May this hero rest in peace.

Question: Where were you on July 20, 1969? I was at 1326 10th St. NW, Ardmore, Oklahoma, on that Sunday night down the street from Hill Brothers Volkswagen dealership.

Thomas P. Gaines  Thomas.Gaines@cdcr.ca.gov
Chief Warrant Officer, W-2
U.S. Navy (Retired)

“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”  -Neil Armstrong 7/20/69


See everyone next week!
Butch and Jill Bridges
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