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Vol 19  Issue 947 March 19, 2015

PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

Email: butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net

Phone: 580-490-6823


On September 13, 1933 at Pauls Valley, Oklahoma police were investigating the poison death of that city’s resident, Jim Taylor, age 55. The investigation would reveal a sickening set of events that led up to the death of Taylor. Taylor and Taylor’s neighbor, T.J. Halsell, age 67, by mutual agreement, traded their daughters, 11 and 15, to become the child brides of each man. Social workers of that time were shocked, hardly believing such a happening had taken place in this small Oklahoma town. Here is a pic of Halsell with his 11 year old girl bride.



With the warmer weather I’ve been sandblasting a few pavers.





I am asking for help from those of you who are aspiring artists. We need some kind of decor to go at the top of the James Hutchison memorial that is to be placed at Healdton. Jim Hutchison died in the line of duty while serving as a police officer in the city of Healdton in 1930. If you have any ideas of what to sandblast at the top or in each top corner, let me know.  Below is a picture I took of the granite memorial at Wilson Monuments that will be set in the City of Healdton when the monument is finished.


Sunday Morning. Almost daily the turkeys come waddling through our backyard. Over 45 today. There were 4 Turkey Toms coming up the rear. The Toms always follow the females. I noticed 4 females wanting to join the main group of females but were kept at a distance by the 4 Toms.



Here is a neat website I ran across this week that offers a free service needed more as time goes by. You can take an old unused smartphone or tablet and turn it into a security camera to keep an eye on your home or business while you’re away. You can even record up to 30 days of video free on their servers. I am going to check this out further.


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Q.  Living the first 21 years of my life at 3rd and H NE in Ardmore that area was my stomping ground. I knew it like the back of my hand. Just one block east was I Street NE and another block on east was K Street and 3rd NE. Anyone know why there was no J Street?

A. I think the primary reason is like someone mentioned, the I is so similar to the J especially when hand written like was done so much in the beginning of this country.

Q.  What is the official state amphibian of Oklahoma?
A.  (answer in next week’s T&T)

From This and That newsletter archives of March 13, 1999:

Last Saturday a friend and I went to the Hardy Murphy Coliseum to attend the National Wild Turkey Federation banquet. Everyone had a pretty good time…. even if we didn’t win that rifle! But I did find out one thing…. I don’t like wild turkey…. no matter how you cook it….even with BBQ sauce. Yuk. But really, it was a good evening and everyone had fun!
Here’s a 1914 pic of the Radium Well and four bathhouses at Claremore, Oklahoma.
Remember that Big Chief soda pop?
“I hope you saw the Friday, March 12, 1999 issue of the Wall Street Journal. On the front page is a story of the largest bell in the world. 12 feet tall 12 feet wide, 73,000 pounds, the clapper adds another 5,000. Will be shipped to Newport, KY in July….”

Gas prices today in the Ardmore area……


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


Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..Springer Volunteer Fire Department BBQ ? Saturday – May 16, 2015 ? 6:00 PM – Springer, Oklahoma
Join us at the Springer Community Storm Shelter for the annual Springer Volunteer Fire Department BBQ along with a dance and an auction. Bring your lawn chairs, sit back and enjoy the music!

“Butch, I think I remember hearing that is no “J” street NE because the letter J looks so much like “I” that the two could easily be confused by many which is certainly true with some of the mail carriers, and others.”

Q.  “Does this mean T&T continues when you retire June 30th? Do we get to know what high gear means? What is the next chapter?
Inquiring minds want to know…”

A.  I guess the wording I used last week was not the best.  In July I’ll have a lot more time to work on my newsletter, so yes, I will kick it into high gear and might even go to a daily, we’ll on second thought, no daily, but I will continue it for as long as I can. I love doing it, and thanks to so many of you over the years, I have learned so much from your contributions.

“We lived at 3rd & “S” NE for several years, moving in 1978. My dad’s friends owned property on Hill Place and as kids we would trek down to King’s Lake a lot to go fishing. Daddy’s friends knew the owners and their kids were always welcomed there. However, I don’t ever remember anyone drowning there. Only thing that ever happened to us kids were getting chiggers and ticks and a few small fish from time to time and maybe killing a snake. Lots of fun memories. I know I have pictures somewhere. Will have to try to find them to share.”
Kathi Pritchard George
Fayetteville, Arkansas

“Butch — In your March 12th issue of T&T you mentioned the Oklahoma Confederate Veterans Home that was located in Ardmore from 1911 to1942. Within the last year a Dallas native, Rusty Williams, has written a superbly researched and extremely well written book entitled “My Old Confederate Home”. I finished reading it about a month ago, and I would recommend it to your readers that are interested in Confederate history. It’s about the history of the Kentucky Confederate Veterans Home. The book is available on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/My-Old-Confederate-Home-Respectable/dp/0813125820

-Dick Lindsly, Dallas, Texas (a faithful reader of T&T and a big Butch Bridges fan)

Hi Butch, Since “spring has sprung” it brought thoughts of fishing to mind, and I was wondering if you had heard anything recently on how good the fishing was on Mountain Lake? This wonderful weather certainly brings the desire to grab a pole, a bucket of minnows and head to this beautiful lake. It remains one of my favorite places and going there began more than 75 years ago.” -Elisabeth

“My grandmother, Susie or Susan Brown lived on her allotment near what was Old Woodville, Rt. 1. Some of her allotment was submerged. Does anyone know of a Willis Moody McWilliams who has specific knowledge of Old Woodville? He apparently lives in Kingston, Oklahoma now. Maybe someone else who has that kind of knowledge and available to talk per chance?  I would like to get a copy of Mr. McWilliams’ publication, Dark Corner, U.S.A? It is about his accounts of Old Woodville. Do you have a copy or know where I could buy one?” -Helen Nowlin

Fort Washita Fur Trade Living History Event
April 2, 2014 – April 6, 2014

By The Old Mill Stream by Frank Logan Carlton 1908

Down by the old (not the new but the old)
Mill stream (not the river but the stream),
Where I first (not the last but the first)
Met you. (Not me but you.)
With your eyes (not your ears, but your eyes)
Of blue (not green, but blue).
Dressed in ging- (not silk but ging-) -ham too. (Not one but two.)

And it was there (not here, but there),
I knew (not old, but new)
That you loved (not hate, but loved)
Me too. (Not one but two.)

You were sixteen (not seventeen, but sixteen)
My village queen! (Not the king, but the queen).
Down by the old (not the new, but the old),
Mill stream (not the river, but the stream).

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges
Ardmore Oklahoma
PO Box 2
Lone Grove, Oklahoma 73443http://www.7is7.com/otto/countdown.html?year=2015&month=6&date=30&ts=12&hrs=16&min=30&sec=0&tz=-300&lang=en&show=MWd&mode=t&cdir=down&bgcolor=%23CCFFFF&fgcolor=%23000000&title=Retirement%20Countdown

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