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Vol 22  Issue 1,111 May 10, 2018

PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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

After 14 months in the computer department of Michelin, I decided to broaden my horizon. Monday May 7th was my last day at the plant, and on Wednesday May 9th I reported for duty at Ardmore’s Food and Resource Center as Warehouse Manager. So far I have sure enjoyed working with everyone there and meeting so many people and the satisfaction of helping others. There is a great work being done at Ardmore’s Food and Resource Center!


Below is a piece of granite I sandblasted this week. The image of the Boxer dog turned out nice.


Q.  Where in Oklahoma is Waffle Rock and its supposedly alien origin?
A.   Well, the original Waffle Rock is in West Virginia, but what is thought to be a part of or similar to that Waffle Rock is a formation discovered in Eastern Oklahoma. Could this formation be from an alien spaceship?

Q.  Washita Battlefield National Historic Site marks the location of a surprise dawn attack that took place on the Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle on November 27, 1868. Lt. Col. George A. Custer led the attack alongside the 7th U.S. Cavalry. Where in Oklahoma did this battle take place?
A.  Answer in next week’s newsletter

Below is from This and That newsletter archives of May 18, 2006

This week I stumbled across a website that lists the locations of natural water falls all over the U.S. by state. I clicked on Oklahoma and found 25 falls listed. There were 3 listed for Carter county. There were 14 listed for Murray county but none by the name Oil Creek Falls that we talked about a month ago along with a picture sent in by Grover Wells. I would bet a hamburger one of those 14 listed is Oil Creek Falls just over in Murray County on the Goddard Ranch, but just by another name.

This is a link to the website listing water falls in Oklahoma.
Speaking of hamburgers, I was in Pauls, Oklahoma on Saturday around noon on the 13th and got a hamburger from Ballard’s Drive In. Ballard’s has been in business since 1951 so they know the hamburger business. Mr. Ballard waited on me and even brought my hamburger out that day….. so he’s also a car hop. lol. Ballard’s makes a great tasting hamburger, toasted bun and all!


This is a picture I took of Ballard’s Drive In, now history.
“Hi Butch… great photo of Sheriff Floyd Randolph and his deputies. I have them named as follows, First Row: Bill Ratliff (not Radcliff), J. B. McCullars, Bob Crosby, Sheriff Randolph, Barney Ross and Jim Lathrop. Second row: Dick Rabun, John T. Spears, unknown, unknown, and probably John Smithers (or a good look alike).”
I still remember my great grandmother Ida Murphree Miller (1874-1965) sitting at her quilting frame in her home across the street from Washington School making quilts when I was a wee lad. Granny Miller died in 1965 at 91 years old. I still have the c-clamps she used on her wood quilting frame which hung from the ceiling in her bedroom when not in use. She had a feather bed too. Boy, was that work to make, you were plumb tuckered out after beating it into a soothe shape after sleeping on it. Granny Miller was the only one who could do it too.
“Mr. Bridges, I like your website. If you ever pass through Sherman Texas MG’s Restaurant in Sherman have the best hamburgers in Grayson County.” -George Bradley
“In your quest for the perfect hamburger, have you ever come across one with thousand island dressing instead of the usual condiments? When we were living in Scotland in 1984, the first McDonalds in town opened. I was shocked to find the burgers had thousand island dressing on them–no mustard, no mayo. Also, it was a bit unnerving to see people cutting the burgers up with a knife and fork to eat them! I’m sure they’ve gotten over that quaint habit!”
“Mr. Bridges, I know of a great hamburger made in Paoli, Oklahoma. The place is called The Fieldhouse. It is a fairly new establishment inside an old place. When I moved here in 1983 it was a Kerr-McGee gas station. Hope you get a chance to stop by and try the fieldhouse burger. Paoli is 7 miles north of Pauls Valley, off highway 77. You can’t miss us unless you blink. Thanks for the great website.” -Linda Cannon
“Has anyone nominated a “good fish” award for Catfish Platter? It is south of Madill on Highway #99 on the Oklahoma. side of Willis Bridge? When we had a cabin at Lake Texoma, it was a favorite of all our neighbors as well as a lot of north Texans. They are only open on Thurs, Fri, and Sat. and you’d better get there before 5:00 p.m. if you don’t want a long wait in line. Their fish, hush puppies, and fries are wonderful!” -Joe Helms
“Butch, I have mailed you before with some information so here goes. There is a group of men around this area that is doing something that has never been done before. They are building the largest privately owned telescope in the world. This is an endeavor that has spanned over 20 years. They are now in the process of polishing one of the three mirrors. The main mirror is 5 foot in diameter, 12 inches thick and weighs 3,000 pounds. It is located in the Lone Grove area. The telescope is going to be used for the education of children.”
“I wanted to say first how much I enjoy “This and That”. I have to write a correction to R.F. Helms letter about the “new swimming pool” in 1955. That was the first year the new pool was open and they wanted to import a “celebrity”. OU imported the whole South African 1952 Olympic swim team to swim at OU. I started to OU in 1954. I worked out with the team but was never good enough to swim in any of the meets. In 1955 Len Meiring was hired to be the Head Life Guard. He was tall, blonde, bronze and a terrific backstroker. The rest of the guards were all locals – Don Awtrey, Cary Leverett, Hardy Murphy, Jr., Robert Brown and me. There may have been others but their names escape me now. Gordon Sturdevant, the High School Shop Teacher was the manager. The next summer (1956) was pretty much the same crew. Len Meiring did not come back and I got to be the Head Life Guard. At the end of the summer I joined the army and was gone for three years. I can’t remember any of the people who worked the concession stand. If R.F. Helm would write back with a few names it would be fun remembering them.” -Herb (Herbie) Linder

Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..

Hi, Butch, saw this in your T&T and glanced at it just for the fun of it. On page 14 of the owners link below might possibly be my great-grandfather, Marion Parker, but I’m not 100% sure. How would I be able to find out if it’s the same person?? I don’t understand the Order No. & Legal Description items at the top of the first page that Larry Stephens LGSTEPHENS@yahoo.com shared. If you’re not sure, could you possibly share this on your T&T next week or I don’t mind your sharing my email address with Larry if you didn’t mind. I’m not after the money, I am just looking to find more information about my great-grandfather as he died before I was born and I don’t know a lot about him. -Kathi


‘The Little Engine That Could’ 1930

Slowly the cars began to move. Slowly they climbed the steep hill. As they climbed, each little steam engine began to sing:

“I-think-I-can! I-think-I-can! I-think-I-can! I-think-I-can! I-think-I-can! I-think-I-can! I think I can – I think I can – I think I can I think I can–“

And they did! Very soon they were over the hill and going down the other side.

Now they were on the plain again; and the little steam engine could pull her train herself. So she thanked the little engine who had come to help her, and said good-by.

And she went merrily on her way, singing:

“I-thought-I-could! I-thought-I-could! I-thought-I-could! I-thought-I-could! I thought i could – I thought I could – I thought I could – I thought I could – I thought I could – I thought I could I thought I could –“


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