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Vol 22  Issue 1,128 September 6, 2018

Ardmore, Oklahoma, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

Email: [email protected], Phone: 580-490-6823

This week has been a good one as far as rain goes.  And we needed it, I noticed some farm ponds are still low. There is plenty more rain forecast over the next 2 or 3 days. Bring it on!

This is an early day photo of the Cruce family home in the SW corner of Stanley and C Street SW in Ardmore.


July 1934
John Jacob Astor has his ring back, the $100,000 32 carat diamond he gave Eileen Gillespie his former fiancée. In exchange for the ring, young Aster delivered a written apology for “his language to the young woman” and retracted “threats against her and her family.”

July 1934
Colonel Sidney Suggs, pioneer good roads booster, has requested that US Highway 70 be marked as the “Indian Trail” through southern Oklahoma. In a letter to the Highway 70 Association Suggs suggested committees be formed to see that signs are erected, and are kept up.

July 1934
As the result of a horse stumbling late Monday afternoon Wyley Rye, 18, was killed almost instantly and his brother Henry Rye, 11, was taken to a hospital in critical condition. The boys were riding towards home on a fractious horse when the animal became unmanageable and threw them off. Wiley struck the ground with such force that his skull was fractured. Henry suffered minor abrasions.

Q.  There is a state park and lake in western Oklahoma with 1,749 acres of land and 8,800 acres of water (60 miles of shoreline) and the most beautiful sand beach for people’s enjoyment. Where is it?
A.   Foss Lake is about 15 miles northwest of Clinton, Oklahoma in western Oklahoma.

Q.  One of the best new hotels in the world is right here in Oklahoma with incredible art and personality that exudes from every corner of this posh hotel. Where in Oklahoma is it located?
A.  Answer in next week’s newsletter

Below is from This and That newsletter archives of September 7, 2006

The old Bowman Building located in the 200 block of Stanley SW will be coming down in a couple weeks.

A couple of historical information plaques was recently placed on the south side of the Carter county courthouse. It always nice to see things that happened years ago, presented so people today can learn about it. Sometimes things get forgotten with the passage of time.

“There is also a place near Cushing in Payne County that has been dubbed Ghost Hollow. This spooky spot is located about a mile north of the Cimarron River and in the late 1800’s was an ideal spot for hanging outlaws. There was an old elm tree and a sycamore there where lawbreakers were often strung up. The elm tree is said to still stand today… and is haunted. According to legend, an innocent man was hanged there in 1887 and the next day, all of the bark mysteriously fell off of the tree. From that night on, at the time of the full moon, the tree is said to glow an eerie, white color. The natural effects of having no bark in the light of the moon…. or the ghost of the wrongly punished man?”
“Butch, The flood that Mike Pennington was referring to, was in 1957 I believe. There were a lot of people that lived in and around the Bar-Mont Village which was located at the east curve in Healdton, displaced because of high water. My older brother, Cecil, saved someone from drowning, that I thought was a small girl but don’t remember for sure. Still love your T&T.” -Perry Pearson

Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..

Every time I go through some of my mother’s things I find something new. This campaign card for Frank Jackson that’s dated July 3, 1934. My great aunt’s last name was Jackson, but this is not her husband. I’m assuming it is some relation but not sure how. -Kerry Tully

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise man grows it under his feet. –J. Robert Oppenheimer

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges

“Friends Make Life Worth Living”Ardmore, Oklahoma
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