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Vol 22  Issue 1,138   November 15, 2018

PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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

Ike Fishman begin making Venetian blinds and awnings in 1934. He had occasion to buy some blinds and believing the blinds to be exorbitant in price decided he could learn to make them for less. He took a brief course with practical training and opened business at #23 B Street Southwest in Ardmore where he has been for 47 years. He has since been known as “Ardmore’s blind man.” -Indian Territory and Carter County Pioneers book, 1983


Northside Grocery at 6th & McGraw in Healdton for many years. It was owned by the Ralph Armstrong/Brooks family. It’s gone from the neighborhood now, but not forgotten.


October 1934
Ardmore property owners only made vote in the city bonds issues which is to be voted on in the October 17th special election. Persons who owned no property within the city of Ardmore may not vote on the bond issues.

October 1934
Saint Paul Church, a Negro institution 2 miles west of Milo, was burned at 8 p.m. Saturday night. James Wright was arrested soon afterwards by Hugh Cunningham, deputy sheriff, and is being held in the Carter County Jail. Lester Wright, brother of James, had been arrested several hours prior to the fire. He is to be charged with threatening Professor Groner, a deacon in the church with a shotgun. The arson was said to follow the arrest.

October 1958
County Courthouse needs restrooms. Male members of the jury can proceed from the County courtroom to a restroom. However, female members have to leave the jury room, cross a public corridor, enter the district court room, and go to the court reporter’s restroom. Women jurors are subject to contact with the public when doing so. For the past several years County Commissioners have been asked by judges to provide needed restrooms to jurors. County Attorney Claude Smith said courtroom facilities are outmoded. “They were all right before the women were allowed to serve on juries – that was a long time ago, wasn’t it?”

Graham Township Constable, Sydney Ross, said motorist must come to a complete stop at the intersection of Highway 76 & Highway 7 near Ratliff City or face the consequences. He recently issued a citation to a school principal on his way to a game. A large caravan of cars is expected this weekend when Lone Grove hosts Duncan.

November 1958
County Commissioners gave Judge W. J. Monroe $700 to spend “as he sees fit” to make the necessary repairs to jury deliberation rooms and rest rooms in the courthouse tower. The very next day workman were installing new lavatory equipment and work was being done to paint the several rooms some of which are used when necessary as sleeping quarters. In the meantime the Carter County Bar Association has recommended the entire courthouse be completely modernized. The problem according to the Commissioners is where to get the money.

November 1958
A large number of unpaid bills for parts, labor and materials, and machinery has been inherited by Huss Standifer who officially succeeded Paul Heartsill as District 1 commissioner. Heartsill left for a Texas prison to begin serving a sentence for income tax evasion.

Belva Shelton sends me a photo every now and then of a bell she found while traveling Oklahoma roads. This week she sent the first bell picture from Cotton County in Oklahoma. I think that makes my bell page complete, at least one bell from every county in Oklahoma. This bell is the Hulen school bell south of Pumpkin Center.



Q.  Where is the only Wild Mustang Horse Ranch in Oklahoma?
A.  Mowdy Ranch is located in the hills of southeastern Oklahoma and is the only eco-tourism Wild Mustang Ranch in the state. It sits on more than 4,000 acres of wooded hills and open valleys and is home to more than 153 wild horses. Coalgate, Oklahoma


Q.  Where in Oklahoma is one of the world’s most terrifying sink holes?
A.  Answer in next week’s newsletter

Here’s a couple of pavers I sandblasted the other day.



Below is from This and That newsletter archives of November 16, 2006

“Our beautiful Chickasaw National Park here at Sulphur has donned her spectacular dress for the season. Here is a mere sampling of what she offers.” -Joh


“Like a lot of other people, I have been out recently enjoying the fall colors. I was out Tuesday afternoon around Turner falls and the Chickasaw National Recreation area. Was a great looking day. Shot a few photos.” -David Cathey

“Butch- Turner Falls and all of southern Oklahoma has been blessed with beautiful fall colors. This view on November 10th would have been even more showy had the sun been shining.” -Gary Simmons
40 years of history by Billy Joel.


Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..

Dear Butch:
I think the old building that houses Ringling Hardware (I have always called it James Morris’s Hardware) but anyway it’s an old Quonset hut World War II and military surplus building. The design was developed in the United States, based on the Nissen hut introduced by the British during World War I. Between 150,000 and 170,000 Quonset huts were manufactured during World War II and the military surplus was sold to the public after the war. The name comes from the site of their first manufacture at Quonset Point at the Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center in Davisville, Rhode Island.
Quonset huts were manufactured by many independent contractors in countries around the world. but the first were manufactured in 1941 when the United States Navy needed an all-purpose, lightweight building that could be shipped anywhere and assembled without skilled labor. The George A. Fuller construction company manufactured them, and the first was produced within 60 days of signing the contract.
The original design was a 16 ft. × 36 ft. (5 m × 11 m) structure framed with steel members with an 8 ft. (2.4 m) radius. The most common design created a standard size of 20 ft. × 48 ft. (6 m × 15 m) with 10 ft. (3 m) radius, allowing 960 square feet (67 m2) of usable floor space with optional four-foot (1.2 m) overhangs at each end for protection of entrances from the weather. Other sizes were developed, including 20 ft. × 40 ft. (6 m × 12 m) and 40 ft. × 100 ft. (12 m × 30 m) warehouse models.
The sides were corrugated steel sheets, and the two ends were covered with plywood which had doors and windows. The interior was insulated and had pressed wood lining and a wood floor. The building could be placed on concrete, on pilings, or directly on the ground with a wood floor. The original design used low grade steel, which was later replaced by a more rust-resistant version. The flexible interior space was open, allowing use as barracks, latrines, medical and dental offices, isolation wards, housing, and bakeries.
The one that houses the hardware store is one of the 40 ft. × 100 ft. warehouse models.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. -Larry Paul

Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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