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Vol 21  Issue 1,065  June 22, 2017

PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

Email: butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net, Phone: 580-490-6823


Joe S. Robison, the man who with a partner built the First Federal Building and who owns the opera house at Main and C Street Southwest, had another brainstorm about 1907, streetcars for Ardmore. He organized and was president of the Ardmore Traction Company which functioned until 1924 when it fell victim to the automobile age. Two second-hand trolley cars were obtained from Fort Worth, Texas. The first conductor was J. W. “Bill” Moore and the fair was 5 cents in town and 10 cents to the end of the line at Lorena Park. The trolley followed a route from the Santa Fe Depot west on Main Street to C Street, then north along C Street to 8th Avenue Northwest, then west along 8th to Wolverton and north on Wolverton out of town to the car barn, 1 mile north of town, then to Lorena Park, also a Robison conception, on the ridge near Dornic Hills Country Club. In time the equipment increase from 2 cars to 6 which included to “summer cars” consisting of mounted benches shaded by canopies overhead. This transportation venture was popular but not lucrative, particularly after the advent of the automobile. In 1922 service was discontinued and during the 1930s the tracks were removed as a project of the WPA.  –Sally Gray, Territory Town, The Ardmore Story published 2006

A couple pavers I sandblasted last weekend.



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Q. Where in Oklahoma is the world’s largest bottle of hair tonic (advertisement)?
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Below is from This and That newsletter archives of June 16, 2005

“Butch- I’m following your upside-down planter project with great interest & thought you may be interested in my experiment. My regular garden tomato row soil has become so plagued with disease (wilt & blight) that this is the last year for quite awhile that I’ll plant there. I figured that I’d try some hanging plants to see how they’d do, my trials with pots have failed miserably. I got one Topsy Turvy planter & planted a Goliath in it May 6th & at the same time planted a Big Beef in a bag of topsoil just to see what it would do. The Big Beef grew so well, I decided to find a way to hang it where there was full sun all day. I just bought a cheap landing net, drilled a hole in the handle & hung it on a clothesline pole. This plant is now far & away my biggest, healthiest plant (in-ground or hanging). The upside-down plant is also doing well (both have 4 tomatoes on) but the stem on the bagged plant is much thicker & the plant seems much more robust. I don’t know if this is due to the plant being more vigorous growing up toward the sun versus growing down (with the help of gravity!) in the Topsy Turvy but I’m leaning toward planting most of my plants that way next season. I also experimented with planting mediums – there’s spagnum moss only in the upside-down planter & a mix of moss & potting soil in the middle bag (a mature Husky Red that I just planted last weekend, it matures in 65 days so it should do well this late). There’s no disease on any of them, while the in-ground plants are starting to yellow already. Didn’t mean to take up your time but I thought I’d share my project results so far, I’ll keep tabs on your updates. If you’d like I can send you pics later in the season when “the jury is in” on which ones do the best. Thanks for your time & good luck – we all need a bit of that growing tomatoes!” -Steve in Anderson, IN

Commercial Club …. Marlow, Oklahoma 1910
“Butch, I had to make a run to Camp Simpson to pick up some supplies for last week’s Cub Scout Day Camp. To get to Simpson, you turn north off of Hwy 7 onto Deadman Springs Road. I was just wondering how this road got its name. In case some are wondering, Simpson is northeast of Tishomingo near Bromide. If anyone knows about the road’s name, I’d like to hear the story.”
The Daily Ardmoreite, June 2, 1922
—GUY H. SIGLER announces as a candidate for the office of county attorney.
—Last evening in the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. TAYLOR, Miss ALMA E. TAYLOR was married to Mr. FRANK W. KEARNES. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. MURPHY of the South Ardmore Baptist Church.
—Miss WINNIE SLAUGHTER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.C. SLAUGHTER, will be married today at her home to Mr. NELMS of St. Louis.
—DOW BRAZIEL, chief of police issues warning against fast automobile driving about the streets of Ardmore.
—The BERT H. GALLOP Stock company opened an engagement at the Airdome.
—Sheriff BUCK GARRETT, accompanied by Dr. BOOTH, Deputy FRED WILLIAMS and Assistant Prosecutor BLEAKMORE, have gone to Pooleville, the scene of the shooting of R.G. HARMON.
—W.G. DOAK of Lawton, OK, vice president of the wholesale grocery establishment of that city, was in Ardmore this week as the guest of his father, A.V. DOAK, and his sister, Mrs. E.M. WOOTEN.
—C.H. LEWIS, superintendent of the Ringling road, left last night for Kansas City and points in the middle west.
—Mr. and Mrs. J.D. MOFFATT have gone to the Pacific coast to spend the summer.
The first child born in Ardmore was FRANK FRENSLEY, deputy county clerk of Stephens county. He plans to be on hand for the city’s 60th birthday party, July 28. Frensley was born in Ardmore March 18, 1888 on the site of the Hudson-Houston Lumber Company, and is a cousin of J.A. FRENSLEY and TOM FRENSLEY of this city and a nephew of Mrs. NANNIE HOLDEN, 709 Third avenue northwest. He has attended two of Ardmore’s birthday celebrations, the golden jubilee anniversary in 1937, and a previous one. His home is in Duncan.
GEORGE CRINER, in 1873 was born at old Thackerville which is about four miles north of the present town of Thackerville. His father is JOHN CRINER who celebrated a few days ago his 97th birthday. His father is a quarter-breed Chickasaw. His allotment was in the Criner hills southwest of Ardmore near Brock. The place was bought from JOHNNY HAYS who put in the first store at Lone Grove. Criner moved to the Criner hills place in 1876. The house was built of pine lumber hauled across the Red river in wagons and the lumber was entirely free from knots. Criner lived at the Brock place from 1876 to 1898. The springs on this Criner place are among the very best in all this section. The only spring that surpasses it for production is at Byrd’s mill at Ada. John Criner makes his home at the home of CHARLES CRINER.

Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..

Wirt, Oklahoma fire on November 16, 1916.











Did you know on June 23rd, 1868 the patent for the first QWERTY keyboard was issued and will turn 149 years old? In 1868 Christopher Latham Sholes received the patent for the first workable typewriter. Sholes, along with the help of Carlos Glidden and Samuel Soule, developed the QWERTY keyboard which is the standard keyboard used on American typewriters and computers ever since. Sholes licensed the QWERTY patent to Remington Typewriters for the production on the Remington Model 1 Typewriter. Have you ever given any thought as to why the letters are laid out the way they are? Not that it matters much today with the keyboards for our computers, but Sholes chose this layout to avoid the most frequently used letters from striking each other as the typewriter transferred the keystrokes to paper. So, the next time you are pecking away at your PC take a look at the keys and remember that it all started on this day in 1868, almost 150 years ago! And remember to check out our keyboards below that feature the QWERTY keyboard layout.
“Butch, That?s hard to see that the Colvert Dairy building is being torn down. Seems like a historic building to me. When I was a kid, they had the nicest delivery man who came to our house every week or more, and our grade school class would take a tour through the factory every year, which was fascinating for us kids. The best part was a free ice cream bar at the end of the tour. We also got to go through the Dr. Pepper factory each year, which was another highlight.” -Skip

“Last Fall my hip was hurting so bad I limped everywhere I’d go, a pain level of 8. I made an appointment with a doctor in Florida and he said we have 3 options. One was steroid shots, one was surgery, and both of those would require several months of rehab, etc. So I chose option 3 which was a procedure called PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma therapy). The doctor gave me 4 shots in exact the right place in my hip using my own platelets which had gone through a special centrifuge to make it super rich. I left the clinic and 2 days later I was pain free. Its been 6 months and my pain level has been zero the entire time. It is nothing short of a miracle. Doctors around the world are using it for hip pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, back pain, etc.”

“The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.” -Alan Saporta

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges
“Friends Make Life Worth Living”
PO Box 2
Lone Grove, Oklahoma 73443https://oklahomahistory.net

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