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Vol 17  Issue 870  September 26, 2013

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

Ex-Ardmoreite Richard Henry sent in an email and link to about a dozen photos taken at the old Jack’s Skating Rink. Jack’s was located at Whittington Park (next to the Hardy Murphy Coliseum).  Here it is in his own words:

“Hi Butch, I really enjoy your weekly newsletter about Ardmore. Last week’s edition mentioned my Uncles skating rink at Whittington Park. My Uncle, Jack Floyd owned it and my Grandparents, J.F. and Lora Floyd ran the rink for him. The patrons called them “Mom and Pop” Floyd. They would take me to the rink when I was very young and I would sleep in a make-shift bed they made for me. One of the photos shows me in that bed. The unusual fact about the rink was it was on the second floor and the dressing room for the swimming pool was on the first floor. It was next door to the Hardy Murphy coliseum. When my grandparents ran the rink, it was during the war years. You can see some of the soldiers and airmen that patronized the rink in the attached photos. Thanks for one of the skaters, Frances Dunlap for sending me some of the photos. I remember that there were some gumball machines that had a few stripped gumballs and when you got a stripped ball, you got a free coke. Well one night the machine malfunctioned and you could turn the wheel and get a gumball without paying Everyone took turns turning until they got a stripped ball. My grandparents wondered why they were giving away so many cokes. Soon granddad found out why. Those were some fond memories of growing up during a less hectic time.”  -Richard (Richie as known back then) Henry

Jack’s Skating Rink Photo Gallery

The Starlight Drive-In was located on South Commerce at what was called the Hill Top.  The movie drive-in was across the street from the Hilltop Diner.


Monday afternoon late I spotted a seriously damaged bridge on Timber Road south of Lone Grove (very south edge of Lone Grove city limits). The bridge allows water from Bull Creek to flow under the road. It was so bad the City of Lone Grove had to close the wooden bridge. It’s hard to tell in the photo but the red circle designates a very low depression area, so bad that a person could damage their vehicle or even lose control driving over it.





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Non-ethanol gas (pure gas) stations in the Ardmore area (updated).


Q.  How many telephone area codes in Oklahoma?
A.  405, 580, 918, and soon 539

Q.  In 1889 the opening to white settlement of a choice portion of Indian Territory in Oklahoma set off one of the most bizarre and chaotic episodes of town founding in world history. What was the name of that Oklahoma town?
A.  (answer in next week’s T&T)

From This and That newsletter archives of September 25, 1999:

Just a little additional info about Chock Thompson at the Ardmore’s Hamburger Inn. About 1972 Chock got mad because the then owner, Jimmy Brown, would not give him a pay raise. So Chock quit and went across the street from the Hamburger Inn and opened up his own burnt onion hamburger place. Not too many months went by and Chock decided he’d close his hamburger joint and go back to work at the Hamburger Inn. I talked to the original owner of the Hamburger Inn, Ernest Brown, this week. He and his wife Lillian opened their first Hamburger Inn across the street from its present day location. The first one was opened by Brown in 1938 at #32 North Washington. Ernest built the present Hamburger Inn at #27 North Washington in 1956. Here are photos of both establishments. The Hamburger Inn has 13 round stools lined along the length of the counter…. that’s all the seating.

Charlie lives in the Mojave desert. Six miles from his house in the middle of nowhere is a bullet riddled telephone booth. For a long time now, Charlie stops at the payphone to answer the hundreds of calls it receives daily…. people calling from all over the world, just to call Charlie and see how its going in the middle of the Mojave desert in CA. Charlie is fast becoming an international celebrity! The number is 760-733-9969. When I get hold of Charlie, and find out the latest, I’ll let everyone know… hope the line ain’t busy! haha
This is the tower clock in front of the Garfield County Courthouse in Enid, Oklahoma. I wonder how old the clock is? I assume it rings out the time? Does anyone know about this clock?
“Well Butch: Looks like all through these years I have been living under the allusion that the east side of the old building on the NW corner of Caddo & Main was badly damaged upstairs & therefore the brick replaced the sand stone in the 2nd floor level. Although the picture makes it appear sound, I still believe the damage was worse than it appears & caused the upper structure to be redone in brick. Actually the picture in this weeks T&T, also shows that the Whittington Hotel, which was across Main street to the south, appears to be in recoverable shape. But, Mrs Whittington told me that the uppermost part of that building was so badly damaged that those floors were removed and the Hotel was renamed “THE NEW WHITTINGTON HOTEL”. That name remained on the old building until it was closed & dismantled many years ago. I remember the Whittington Hotel served many people that were arriving on the train. It was very plush and also accommodated many a traveling salesman that remained loyal throughout its remaining years. Now, for the so called old Hardy Hospital building, its lower floor on the west side of the stairs housed a cafe known as the Innman Inn when I first knew of it. The east side of the down stairs, housed Drug stores for most, if not all, of its years… That part of the building was leased at the time of the Explosion (1915) by Mr. Adcock, an old-time Pharmacist. Mr. Adcock told me that at the time of the explosion, all of his fixtures fell face down to the middle of the floor. He leased the Drugstore from a Mr. Ramsey who would only lease the Store for 5 years at a time. Mr. Adcock said that after he suffered through the damage of the explosion & his 5 years time was up, that Mr. Ramsey would not renew his lease. Years later, in the 1930’s, my Dad acquired interest in the McCan & Stewart Drug Store which was in that building. Mr. Ramsey’s estate still owned the place & Dad continued to lease from his daughter for the rest of his life. The Drug Store went under the name of Martin Drug Co. until his death in 1968. The Pharmacy is now gone & the building remains empty at this time.”
“My name is Chris Bartell. I currently live in Portland, Oregon. I am working in some genealogy work on my mothers side of the family. I just received a death notice for my grandfather Burton N. Blythe. It said that he was a retired law enforcement officer. I was wondering if you could help me find out where he worked and if I can find out more information about him. He died in 1966 in Ramona, Oklahoma at the age of 81. He is buried in Ramona. He is a registered Cherokee Indian. I have more exact dates if needed. I wanted to see if you could point me to a place that I might find more info. I have a school record for my mother that places him in jail or in prison somewhere around 1944-1945. If he was a law enforcement office that sounds unlikely that he had been in jail. Burton’s Father was Napoloean B. Blythe.”  
“Butch: Some time back you were speaking of the Indian Statue at the Arbuckle Mountains Look-out station. Today, I ran across this snapshot which was probably made around 1947 or 1948. The girl is my young sister-in-law, visiting here from Mississippi. This is the statue that was used by the Palacine Service Stations – owned by Wirt Franklin. (I think). My sister once had a heavy bronze colored cigarette ash tray, fashioned in it likeness, that was heavy enough to be used for a door stop….or to crown someone with. She no longer has it, nor knows what has happened to it. Maybe one will show up at the Greater Southwest Historical Museum someday, I hope.”
“Here’s a picture of the Ardmore balloon Kaleidoscope being filled at the Campflite balloon meet at Western Lodge on Ft. Gibson Lake near Wagoner, OK. Aug 27th, 28th, and 29th (1999). The picture was taken by team member Barbara Riley of Ardmore. Hope you can add these to your ‘This ‘n That’ newsletter. Thanks for all your hard work putt’n your newsletter together and sending it out to all us ‘Okies’. Keep it up!!!!! from a fellow history buff.. near Russett.”  -Jerry Dodds


Gas prices today in the Ardmore area……


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Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..The Ardmore High School Class of 1963 will hold their 50th Class Reunion celebration at the Ardmore Depot this Friday and Saturday evening, September 27 and September 28, 2013. Any classmates that have still not checked in, please do so right away. Dennis Medrick, (214) 727-7408 cell, (580) 319-5137 res. or: Ellen Williams Loard, (405) 341-4939

“I read your blog on Hamburger Joints in Oklahoma and am flabbergasted that you somehow skipped the best burger joint in Oklahoma. That would be Bob’s Pig Shop in Paul’s Valley. Phil Henderson is the owner of the Pig Shop and is likely more widely known for the Bar-b-que he serves. But, most of the locals and many of the folks who make the Pig Shop a “day trip” will tell you, the Burgers are top notch. Try ’em!”  -Becky

“I think Starlight Drive In was from 1955 to 1969……. 77 North 1964 to 1975……. Skyview 1965 to 1985 .”  -Melissa Ladner

The national flag of Chile and the state flag of Texas are so similar they are frequently confused; both feature a single white star and large blocks of red, white, and blue with the only difference being the size of the blue background behind the white star.

“Butch, the Shell station on 70 West & Reck Road, Wilson, actually started selling gas with ethanol in it on Wednesday or Thursday. That is where I always fill up & I had already filled my suburban up with it before I noticed they had changed. My mileage drops from 17.2 to 14.7 mpg. They said the owner said he was loosing money by not selling the gas with ethanol in it so he changed.” -Judy McCoy

“butch, i deer hunted on the land that is now lake mcgee when i was a kid. did you know at one time the man that played hoss cartwright on the show bonanza owned part of that land. the story i was told was that he was flying over it in a plane and saw all the tall pine trees and had someone buy it for him. my sisters father in law was raised on the ranch that was part of the lake land. we enjoy your newsletter very much. take care.”  -duane

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See everyone next week!

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

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