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Vol 19  Issue 951 April 16, 2015

PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

Email: butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net

Phone: 580-490-6823


The Daily Ardmoreite, Ardmore, Oklahoma, Friday, October 31, 1930

Seminole Deputy Sheriff Injured

Oklahoma City- Elbert W. Collins, 40, Seminole County deputy sheriff, stationed at Konawa, was reported in a “very serious” condition today at a local hospital and four women were held in the county jail for investigation, as the result of a fight here last night.

Stanley Rogers, Oklahoma County sheriff, said Collins and J.E. Kennedy, Konawa chief of Police, came to Oklahoma City last night to arrest a man. Officers were informed the fight occurred after Collins stopped at a house to call on Miss Edith Clifton, about 26 years old, who, with three other women, was held for questioning.

A search was being made for three unidentified men said to have been at the place when Collins was stabbed in the abdomen. At the hospital, Collins refused to identify himself or any of his companions when questioned by county officers, and issued orders that no reports on his condition be given.

Note: According to Deputy Collins’ grave marker he survived the stabbing and lived another 11 years.

This week marks the 155th anniversary of the pony express.

“I, …, do hereby swear, before the Great and Living God, that during my engagement, and while I am an employee of Russell, Majors, and Waddell, I will, under no circumstances, use profane language, that I will drink no intoxicating liquors, that I will not quarrel or fight with any other employee of the firm, and that in every respect I will conduct myself honestly, be faithful to my duties, and so direct all my acts as to win the confidence of my employers, so help me God.”
-Oath sworn by Pony Express Riders


March 1931 Colbert, Oklahoma. The rope cure for cricks in the neck will not be used again by its inventor. Subject to cricks, John Emanuel has long employed a therapeutic method just short of hanging. He uses a rope attached to his neck and to the ceiling short enough to give the neck  a crick-cracking jerk. This week he underestimated the length of the rope and when he jumped, he found himself suspended – with pawing toes. His wife had him removed to a hospital while he was still unconscious. Emanuel later said, “Better a neck with a crick than none at all.”

The warmer weather has me outside sandblasting a few pavers.





I’m still stuck at the 177 pounds for over 2 weeks. I am thinking I may stop taking TruVision for about a week and see what happens. One person told me I may have reached my “optimum weight”. Anyway if anyone wants to try it give me a holler. “I’ll meet you at the mailbox.” Join us and check it all out at the link below.



As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, I installed the OKie Power Saver to help keep my electric bill as low as possible when I crank up the air conditioning this summer. Ever since I installed the unit I’ve had no need to even turn the a/c on. But I know those high temps are coming, and I’m ready to combat that sky high electric bill. I have created a webpage to tell more about the OKie Power Saver at the link below.


Q.  This city is the county seat of Sequoyah County in eastern Oklahoma. The book “The Grapes of Wrath” features a family from this town. The city’s population from the 2010 U.S. Census was 8,880. Can you name this city?
A.  Sallisaw, Oklahoma

Q.  This Oklahoma city got its name from the Creek word “Rekackv”. Originally known as a “bedroom” community to its much larger neighbor city, it experienced rapid growth from the 1960s on, and by 2012 was one of Oklahoma’s largest cities by population. What is the name of this city?
A.  (answer in next week’s T&T)

From This and That newsletter archives of April 10, 1999:My friends, John and Ann Randolph, in Ardmore are building a new home as we speak. They are building it southwest of Ardmore, about 5 miles south on Hedges Road. But this is no ordinary house. It’s designed to withstand a sustained wind of 165 miles per hour. And with this crazy tornadic weather that’s happening all around, it just may be a lifesaver. Its walls are formed by pouring concrete down the middle of the “polysteel” formwork. Here’s a pic of their new home with just the walls up and waiting for the concrete to be poured in the center.

To learn more about this revolutionary type of house, visit the Polysteel Website, with lots more pics and info, at
Speaking of Ft Sill, Oklahoma…. here is a 1941 pic of the Quanah Parker Dam located near Ft Sill.
This week a Harrah, Oklahoma landmark burned. Teens torched the Harrah Rock Island Depot Museum. So much history lost.
50 miles east of Ardmore is Durant, Oklahoma. I read about a book titled “Queen of Three Valleys” a 1941 publication by Henry MacCreary. Does anyone know why this area is called “three valleys”?—————————————————-
“Butch: Heard an interesting story this week about what they called “Orphan Trains”, they were trains that used to stop in Ardmore loaded with orphans from 3rd world countries during WWI. Fascinating. I wonder if any of your subscribers remember them.”
“A brave man is a man who dares to look the Devil in the face and tell him he is a Devil.” – President James A. Garfield 1831-1881

Gas prices today in the Ardmore area……


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


Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..Monday, April 20 7:00 at the Arbuckle Historical Society Museum: Ted Pittman will speak on his family history and on the several books he has written. Please come. We always have a good time and are finished in about an hour. If you are nearby and can make it, we need more folks to start attending our great programs.

Just another thought about the article in last week’s This & That about the Mystery Murder, burning the car and the trial in Sulphur involving David Hagler. I was coaching at Paoli High School at the time and also taught a History/Government course to the Junior Class.  I thought this would be a great experience for those students to sit through this murder trial and see, first hand, how our government really works.  So I took them over to Sulphur each day and used the Court House as our classroom.  Quite a opportunity for learning.
Edgar Wallace
Abilene, Texas

“Hi Butch: I fear you may retire from your reporting of Oklahoma History, before I ask my question. Does anyone remember having their glamour photo made at Parker Studios which was on Main Street in the same block as Priddy’s? Mr. Parker made large portraits of some of the girls in the class of 1947 and used them as advertising in his studio window. I married his son when he came home from the Pacific with the marines in WW2 and we raised our family in California. I look forward to reading your news letter each Thursday evening and it reminding me of a wonderful free childhood in Ardmore providing such lasting memories. I am pretty sure that I spent lots of time in your old “stompin ground.” My grandparents were the William A. Worley’s at 718 3rd NE., next to the Herman Hunt Family. What a treat it was to get to walk over to the Hunt Grocery for a HERSHEY. I spent many happy hours on my very loving grandparents back porch reading the Saturday Evening Post magazine which they always saved for me. My grandfather was Masonic Lodge secretary for many years after he retired. My grandmother, Mary, taught me how to make Taffy and then pulled it with me.
Aloha from Kauai, Hawaii
Patty Cude Parker

“I was fortunate to be the featured author interviewed by Penny De Byl on her blog today. Check out the interview at Penny De Byl’s interview of Leta McCurry.  I know a number of you have read the book. Hope you enjoyed it. If you have read/finished it and have not posted a review on Amazon, I would really appreciate it if you could do so. Right now reviews are really important. Thanks a lot. Update: I’m hard at work on my next book, The Binker Family Bible. It is in four parts. The first part is Mattie. I’m working on the last chapter of that part. The next part is Ruby Jo. Thanks to all of you for your interest and good wishes.”  -Leta

Income tax has made more liars out of people than golf. -Will Rogers

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges
Nashobish Ikana
PO Box 2
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