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Vol 19  Issue 939   January 22, 2015

PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

Email: butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net

Phone: 580-490-6823

The Henry Baum Sr. family were among the first settlers to Ardmore in the 1890s. Henry was offered a position with the “Iron Store”, one of the earliest businesses in Ardmore. Henry was living in Gainesville, Texas and accept the offer. Henry eventually became the store manager for Westheimer and Daube department store. In 1915 he opened his own store, Henry Baum & Company, a ladies department store. In 1919 Mr. Baum married Regina Blank in Ardmore. I remember Regina and her son, Henry Baum Jr., when I worked at the ambulance service in Ardmore as I had to take Regina back and forth to the hospital several times from her home off Sunset in the SW. Later, after Regina passed away, I transported Henry Baum Jr. to the hospital a number of times. Over a period of several years I got to know the Baums fairly well, and enjoyed talking to them in their home. Below is a photograph from Ardmore’s early days, and you can see on the side of the building at East Main and Mill street the Baum Ladies To Wear store.




This is a 1930 photograph of a Healdton, Oklahoma oil field camp. I’ve read in other accounts where people had to be tough to live in the oil fields back in those days. Many of the roughnecks came from Pennsylvania after those oil fields started to decline, in search of work in the newly established oil fields of Oklahoma.


Many boys, included me, had to have a bb gun as soon as we could talk our parents into buying us one. I had a Daisy air gun and I thought I was a big game hunter. But until this week I did not know that air rifles goes back a lot further then just the 1800s.  The Girandoni air rifle as used by Lewis and Clark on their expedition (1804-1806) from St Louis to the Pacific coast. A National Firearms Museum Treasure Gun.

Video demonstration of shooting the Girandoni air rifle.

Below is a paver I sandblasted this week.


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Q. In 2004 the world’s largest McDonalds was located in what Oklahoma town?
A.  Vinita, Oklahoma in far NE Oklahoma.

Q.  What does the color blue on the Oklahoma state flag represent?
A.  (answer in next week’s T&T)

From This and That newsletter archives of January 17, 1998:

Several people have told me my father R.V. “Battleship” Bridges hosted his own 30 minute broadcast everyday, Monday through Friday back in the 1930s. I’m not sure how long he sang and played his guitar on Ardmore’s KVSO radio broadcasts but it was for quite some time. Old timers here said he sure could sing and play. I can’t even carry a tune in a 5 gallon bucket, much less play an instrument! Here is a pic of my dad with his guitar in 1936.
“…. thank you for the newletter….. I left Healdton in 1958 and did 30 plus years in the U. S. Coast Guard. We are living in Juneau, Alaska as this is home now…. appreciate so many things in “This & That” which are fond memories of growing up in Carter County.”
“You think you are confused? Try 14 different license plate formats for cars; or 21 different telephone area codes (two of which are only 2 miles away, but which require us to dial long distance!) or over 6 million local residents, 45% of whom speak little or no English”  -California

Gas prices today in the Ardmore area……


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


Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..

“Butch, I recently stopped at the Curio Shop on Hwy 77 and the overlook for Turner Falls. I’ve been there hundreds of times as lots of others have over the years to look through the telescopes at the falls and shoot photos of the falls from that great vantage point.

I had never taken the time to walk down around the bottom of the old water tower and beneath the restrooms but while looking down that area something caught my eye. I can’t see very well anymore and couldn’t make out what it was so I walked down a little trail to check it out.

I’ve attached some photos I shot from down there. The thing that caught my eye turned out to be a large pile of old rusted cans. No telling how many years they have been there. A lot of them were old steel beer cans but even more were what reminded me of old steel brake fluid can as shown in the photos. I can understand why old beer cans would be there, for obvious reasons, but brake fluid cans? Maybe they were beer cans also but I don’t remember seeing steel beer cans with the cone shaped top. Any ideas about this?

One shot is a wide angle pano I made from about three overlapping shots to get the full scope of the number of old cans. The other shots show the cans in the foreground with the falls in the background and one shot from inside the rock structure that supports the lookout closest to the old water tower.

Maybe someone can help solve the mystery of the cans, what kind they are and why so many in that spot. For some reason it reminded me of one of my all time favorite movies “The Jerk” with Steve Martin and his famous hilarious quote: “He hates those cans!”  If you don’t remember that part you need to watch the movie again. LOL”  -C. Dwane Stevens






Additional info:  Here is a photo when the curio shop was a Skelly service station back in the 1930s.


“Hey Butch, I was reading an old Wilson paper, 1923 which had a mention of Aylesworth prison in Marshall County. Found a few things of interest on the subject. I wonder if there was a list of inmates or any pics? I haven’t seen the Marshall County Book.”

I stand corrected. According to Google, Oklahoma voted to repeal prohibition on April 7, 1959. They proved Will Rogers wrong when he said ?Oklahomans will always vote dry as long as they can stagger to the polls.?  -Royce

“Prohibition was repealed when Oklahomans were no longer able to stagger to the polls.”  -Don

?Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people that they don’t like.?  -Will Rogers

See everyone next week!

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

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