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Vol 22  Issue 1,139  November 22, 2018

PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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

Being the Thanksgiving holidays, this week’s newsletter is a little shorter then usual. I know this time of year everyone has food and family on their minds. If we think for a minute, we can all find something to be thankful for. I know one thing, I’m thankful for all my friends on here and on Facebook. For over 20 years you have made my weekly newsletter efforts worth while. Be sure and give thanks this Thanksgiving Day.

Two issues ago I talked about Selden Lindsey, a U.S. Marshal who later shot and killed outlaw Bill Dalton in northeast part of Carter County. A reader send me a photo of Selden Lindsey’s grave marker at Ardmore’s Rose Hill.



November 1934
Funeral services for Charles A. “Pretty Boy” Floyd will be public. The family has abandoned the idea of a private service as virtually impossible. The services will be held in the Akins Community Church 10 miles northeast of Sallisaw, Oklahoma on Sunday.

November 1934
James Treet, 52, is in the Hardy Sanitarium in a dangerous condition, suffering from a fractured skull and a broken arm as the climax to a fight with Homer Satterfield, 26, who is in jail facing charges. Treet and Satterfield quarreled over a pecan orchard and Satterfield is alleged to have beaten the elderly man over the head with a .22 caliber rifle. The rifle was broken into pieces. Both men are the residents of the Newport community.

November 2003
Randy Hinkle has resigned his position as Lone Grove Police Chief effective Friday November 28th. Hinkle is the 7th Lone Grove Chief of Police. The first was Daryl Davis, a city marshal until he became the first police chief. Following his departure Bobby Parker was appointed to the job. Parker, in turn, was succeeded by Dearl Cathey from 1983 to 1990. Gary Wilson succeeded Cathey and stayed for 3 years. Danny Howard joined the local force in July of 1993 and was interim chief until getting the top job in 1993. Howard remained until taking on the position of City Manager in 1997. Dale Uptergrove became the six chief of police of Lone Grove and stayed for 3 years, and was succeeded by Randy Hinkle. Robert Oldham served as interim chief until January 20th 2004, when he was appointed to the chief’s job.

Q.  Where in Oklahoma is one of the world’s most terrifying sink holes?
A.  Pitcher, Oklahoma

Q.  Where in Oklahoma is the Labadie Mansion in Oklahoma which is reported to be haunted?
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 23, 2006

Rick Feiler brought by an interesting piece of history he collected this week. It’s a Grapette bottle bank, in the shape of a clown. At one time, these Grapette bottles held a concentrated syrup, and when diluted with water, it made a tasty non-carbonated drink. By mixing 1 part syrup to 7 parts water, a person could make 1 gallon of drink from the 1 bottle of syrup. And, to make it even more desirable, when the syrup was gone, it became a bank! There was a slit in the lid, covered with a waxed cardboard liner. There are 3, possibly 4 of these figures, the cat was first in 1948 to be produced, but it’s shape was such that it could not be machine filled, so it is the most scarce, then there came the elephant which there was a problem with also with the first one, whose ears were too thin, and easily broken, thus came one with thicker ears, probably around 1949-50. Next was the clown in 51, and he is the most plentiful of the bottles. This clown has Grapette Products Co., and #9 on the bottom. It also has Camden, Ark. on it. I decided to be a nice guy, and I offered Rick $2 for the old grapette bottle, but he wouldn’t take it. lol
“Gainesville TX- A fitting memorial – “A Call To Duty” is memorial monument to the 103rd Infantry Division that trained at Camp Howze during World War 11 that was unveiled Saturday at the Texas Travel Information Center. More than 50,000 infantry troops trained at Camp Howze before their combat duty in Europe. Since 1998, World War 11 veterans Lejeune “Rabbit” Wilson and Mel Wright worked on the Texas World War 11 Historical Monument Fund project. The memorial behind the bronze statue commemorates the 847 soldiers from the 103rd that we killed in action. This is he caption accompanying the picture in the Weekly News of Cooke County 11/16/06. Those entering Texas will appreciate this beautiful monument. Camp Howze played a big part in the lives of many people in this area. I feel certain it had an impact on many folks in Ok as well. Know you’ll want to come see this. Thank you.” -Carol Kiesel
“Butch, thanks for your work to communicate all the interesting things that go on in Oklahoma. I live in Charleston WV and get your T&T forwarded from my cousin, George Landrum, in Oklahoma City. This November one finally pushed me to write to you. I was so thrilled with the Sulphur and Turner Falls pix that I became almost teary. My parents and I lived in Sulphur from 1936 till 1942 when my dad joined the army. The park, then called Platt National Park, was a central part of my life and the lives of my friends. We’d ride our bikes there for a picnic, taste all the mineral waters and make faces. What a fabulous place to spend one’s childhood. The pictures I’m sending are paintings that were done as part of a WPA project (it was depression times). Our teacher was from the northeast somewhere; her name was E. Noble Lukens. My friends and I were taught to work in pastels and Mrs. Lukens also taught adults, but in oils. The first picture, an oil painting, was a gift from Mrs Lukens and was painted on site at one of the picturesque bridges in the park. The second is an oil painted by my mother, Helen Rose, who also was Mrs. Lukens’ pupil. And the third is a pastel that I did in the park, under Mrs. Lukens direction, in 1938. My dad, Dr. Ernest Rose, practiced medicine there in Sulphur until WWII. He delivered a lot of babies. I wonder if any of them are still around.” -Rose Marie Rose Pfeiffer


The Wilson News
March, 1915
“Would Create New County”
There has been an agitation started at Wilson and in other portions of the county, and in some portions of Jefferson, Stephens and Love counties, to cut off enough territory from each of the counties named and form a new county with Ringling as the count seat. Just what the movement will amount to is not known at the present time, but the argument is advanced that with McCrory as Speaker of the House, he might wield the big stick with sufficient force to bring the change about and add another county to the list already claimed by the state. County Commissioner Taliaferro today stated that he had heard this talk principally at Wilson and while he was not disposed to take the matter seriously, still it might amount to something more than talk unless the people of this county were awakened to the fact that such a thing might be accomplished. Those who are interested in the scheme have gone so far as to suggest three names to be submitted for the count: Wilson, Williams (after the present governor), and Ringling. In order for a new county to be formed, it must contain a taxable area of 400 square miles. My note: The “new” county could not fill that criteria with out taking land from other counties who would have then, not met their requirement of taxable area.” -submitted by Mindy Taylor

Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..

Happened on to this last weekend. It is located on Highway 70A SE of Kingston. I’d seen the old building before and wondered what it was. The sign is a recent addition. -David

Gene Flynt building.


Dear Butch: I was checking out your Bell Page and I noticed that I know of a bell you don’t have on your list. It’s located in front of the First Baptist Church in Ringling, Oklahoma. Which is on the southeast corner of US. Highway 70 and State Highway 89. The bell was once an electric motor operated bell that was on a 30 ft. steel tower on the east side of the old First Baptist Church at 6th & Main Streets in Ringling. -Larry Paul
Enjoyed this bit from last week’s T&T. The place is run by Clay Mowdy, associate District Judge over in Coalgate. Had lunch with the Judge a few weeks ago. Enjoyed hearing him tell the story about Inspectors coming to look over their ranch and the facility for the mustangs at an unexpected time. It was humorous and fun to listen to his story. While it is somewhat a commercial endeavor, it was clear that the Mowdy’s ranch is also a labor of love for the mustang horses.

We hope everyone has had an enjoyable Thanksgiving today, and stay safe the rest of the holidays.

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