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Vol 21  Issue 1,084  November 2, 2017

PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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

Last week I mentioned my internet connection problem and if not for switching to my laptop. my newsletter would have not been publish. Had that happened it would have been the 3rd time in the last 19 years of publishing my T&T.  But thankfully I dug through my CDs and I found an HP rescue CD I made last year.  I booted up on it, ran the System Restore Point option and Viola! All my settings were back and I was back on the internet!


I can not stress enough, to REGULARLY make a System Restore Point on your Windows PC. Go to your Search Box and type CREATE A RESTORE POINT and follow the steps. And remember, do as I say, not as I do, create a Restore Point BEFORE you install a program, or make any major changes to your Windows computer PC.

A Reader sent in info on the Pooleville school (NW Carter County) from the 1923 Journal of Carter County Schools by Kate Galt Zaneis.

Pooleville school, which is now a first-class rural school with many modern conveniences, had its beginning in the year 1886. The first term the facility was composed of one teacher, Professor Kemper, while the student body was composed of about 20 boys and girls. From that time until 1914 the school system of the State of Oklahoma underwent many changes and as a result the school of Pooleville also witnessed a variety of changes. The patrons and pupils of the District are doing much for the advancement of their school and are looking forward to the time when there’s shall be among the best rural schools in the state. The Pooleville Home Circle Club of farm women claims that distinctions in its membership of three generations Miss Lambert, her daughter, Miss Bird, and her granddaughter Mrs. Thomas.

 Pooleville Home School Club enjoys its meetings and is a very active factor in all community work in the interest of the school and town. The members of this club carry out their programs on time and live on products of their Gardens cows and chickens. School Board, W.B. Long, Director, W.B. Harris, Clerk, T.F. Poole, Member.

September 1933
Lyndall McCrory, young Carter County rancher, escaped being incarcerated in the Granite Reformatory – by a narrow margin, a second reprieve for him being issued by the governor beating Sheriff Sam Randolph of Love County and his prisoner to the prison by a matter of minutes. We got to the prison and through the first gate but we were stopped at the second by an official who told us that Governor Murray had issued a 90-day reprieve. McCrory was issued a five-year sentence at McAlester prison.

September 1957
The Criner Hills, considered by some geologist as the key to the geology history of Southern Oklahoma, is being invaded by over 225 geologist from all sections of the Mid-Continent area.

September 1957
Spelunkers explored Wild Woman’s Cave, which is more than 100 feet underground and located about seven and a half miles northwest of Springer. It was 7 hours in a dank, foreboding cave which Legend says was discovered by an insane woman, shredding knees tumbling over stalactite formations, and topped off by a warning from one of our guides that if it rains more than 2 inches on the surface will never get out alive.

A couple of the pavers I sandblasted this week.



You can find current gas prices for a particular Oklahoma town by entering the name or zip code in the GasBuddy search box.
http://www.oklahomagasprices.com/Q. Where in Oklahoma is the Centennial Land Run Monument that was completed in 2015?
A.  South end of Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City. Click hereQ. The most successful killing submarine in history, sinking 15 Japanese ships in WWII, is on display where in Oklahoma? 
A. Answer in next week’s newsletterBelow is from This and That newsletter archives of October 21, 2005

“Butch, Hi! Do you recall in the early 1900’s an article in the Daily Ardmoreite was a picture of a Choctaw medicine man Billy Washington. And beside him on a table was a little man. do u happen to have any photos of this on your website?”
From January 29, 2000: “Butch, in the Ardmoreite, dated January 21, 1979, there is an article about Dr. Washington and Buster Ned. It seems the American Trail series filmed Buster Ned and Mac McGalliard telling the story of the Kwanakuasha. In fact one of the pictures shows Mac holding a book about the story of the Kwanakuasha, I guess. My clipping of this is torn and faded not suitable for scanning but I did have the picture of the Dr. and the little man standing on the table. You probably remember this article.”
“Butch, that Sinclair pump at Wilderness Way south of Ardmore showed 1/10th on it, don’t most have 9/10ths these days? You’ll probably get 100 people writing about that!”

“Butch, my mom was a nurse at Ardmore’s Hardy Sanitarium and she helped the doctor deliver John Hinckley, Jr. When all the commotion was going on about him, she “laid low” so as not to be questioned by the Secret Service, etc. I remember her telling me that his folks were very nice people and she remembered them very distinctly. I didn’t know he was the last baby born at Hardy’s though.”
“Butch, My mother-in-law, Annie Butler, worked in the nursery at the Hardy Sanitarium, and then at Memorial Hospital. She said only one baby was transferred to Memorial Hospital and since she could not remember the name of the baby that was transferred, I always assumed that it was John Hinckley. I knew that he was the last baby born at Hardy’s, so it made sense to me.” -Nelda True
“Butch; Here is negative about Roy Rogers. I attended the premiere show for “Home in Oklahoma” at the Civic Auditorium on C Street after I delivered my paper route. I remember I left early, it was dark, I was on my bicycle, and Roy and some of his staff were in a convertible automobile in the Sam P. Hale Ford parking area. Roy was drunk as a skunk. He was hollering, yelling, cursing, etc. This really lowered my opinion of Roy Rogers after that. I understand that in later years he became a Christian, Dale Evans wrote a book, they were on several Christian TV shows, but I still remember that night in Ardmore every time I see his name.” -Bill Spearman
Crack 2 eggs (large or extra-large) into a quart size freezer bag (not more than 2) shake to combine them. Put out a variety of ingredients such as: cheeses, ham, onion, green pepper, tomato, hash browns, salsa, etc. Each guest adds prepared ingredients of choice to their bag and shake, Make sure to get the air out of the bag and zip it up. Place the bags into rolling, boiling water for exactly 13 minutes. You can usually cook 6-8 omelets in a large pot. For more, make another pot of boiling water.”
“Butch, I went to Carnegie, Oklahoma today. The Christian Church at Carnegie has a great bell on their lawn and thought you might like to see it.”

Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..

Tornado damage at Foss 12 miles SW of Clinton, Oklahoma in Washita County. (Western Oklahoma)
I enjoyed reading the Truman papers link in last week’s newsletter which told about his whistle stop campaign and in particular the stop in Ardmore. I loved the fact that so many of the surrounding towns/communities closed school for the day and bussed the students to Ardmore. I’ve always regarded this event as special. Though not mentioned in the Truman papers, Eleanor Roosevelt was with Truman and they rode from the train to the First Methodist Church where he spoke from the church steps. My politics have changed over the years but Harry S Truman is still my “hero”. -Margorie
Butch: As Mr Read speaks of my uncle John here-
Butch- Regarding a Colvert’s dairy salesman named “Mac”. I went to school with a Jim McGinnis, whose father operated a Colvert’s milk route, when the milk was delivered by a horse and wagon. This would have been in about 1944-1948. It seems to me his father went by the name “Mac” Jesse McGinnis. -Keith Read
“Jess was my father and worked the old Texaco at Main and Highway 77 up until he joined the police department about 1949-50. To the best of my knowledge uncle John never went by “Mac”. -Thal McGinnis
Woody Guthrie was not the humanity loving person later day history has made him out to be. He made up his persona to fit his situation. His patriotic songs were mostly because that was what would make him popular. He was a raciest, taking time out from championing oppressed white Okies to doodle his innumerable cartoons.

He was a radical communism and rather than a champion of the people was a dedicated entertainer who fit his music to his audience to further his career. Other than his communist side, which was apparently real, he was mostly an opportunist. Tailoring his songs and persona to what made him popular and made him money.

The songs we know him by have been severely cherry picked, many others were raciest. His father was a raciest, being a member of the KKK, Woody was raciest, and his son Arlo was an antiwar protester during the Vietnam era. -Larry
And the clothes Roy and Dale wore in their wedding were cleaned at our Ford’s Cleaners in Davis, Oklahoma, he sat me on the counter and signed over 20 comics Roy Rogers and Trigger. Even got to sit on Trigger when we took their clothes out to them. -Ralph Bridges Ford

I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but I do know that World War IV will be fought with rocks. -Albert Einstein

See everyone next week!Butch and Jill Bridges“Friends Make Life Worth Living”PO Box 2
Lone Grove, Oklahoma 73443


Vicious Dog Attacks in Oklahoma
Oklahoma Bells: https://oklahomahistory.net/bellpage.html
Bill Hamm’s Cemetery Database
American Flyers Memorial Fund – Administration Webpage
Official American Flyers Memorial Website
Ardmore Army Air Field/Ardmore Air Force Base Website
Mirror Site of the Ardmore Army Air Field/Ardmore Air Force Website
Carter County Government Website