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Vol 23  Issue 1,145 January 3, 2019

PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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

About 4 miles west of Healdton, Oklahoma is the community of Dundee. I had nearly forgot about Dundee also being called McMan in its beginnings. Below is a link to a webpage I created about 7 years ago of all post offices in Carter county and their locations.


The link below will take you directly to Google Maps and the Dundee/McMan community.


Cornish-Ringling Times newspaper Cornish, Jefferson County, Oklahoma
MEADOR & MEADOR, publishers A.J. MEADOR, editor
Friday Morning, May 19, 1916

Dundee Citizenship for Incorporation
Practically 95% of the voters of Dundee favored incorporation and elected officials. CLAUDE GLIDDENS, mayor. City council; JOHN MCCAULEY of Ward 1; SETH LITTLE of Ward 2; R. M. HUDNELL, Ward 3; J. W. V. MINOR, Ward 4.
Dundee to Have Post Office in Next Few Weeks Letters from Washington announce that application for a post office at Dundee was passed and in a short time, there will be a post office there, but the name will be different since there is another Dundee, Oklahoma. Names of local oil companies have been submitted. It is probable that Mann or Crystal City will be chosen. H. W. MIDDLETON, a well known citizen of Dundee, has been appointed post master.

In Western Carter County four miles west of Healdton. Post office established November 17, 1916. Took its name from McMan Oil Company now a part of Magnolia Petroleum Company. The name was coined from the names of Robert M. McFarland and James A. Chapman, organizers of the company.

Cornish-Ringling Times newspaper Cornish, Jefferson County, Oklahoma
Friday Morning, June 2, 1916
Dundee and Wirt Items
Since Dundee incorporated, the first election of officials was declared illegal and another election held on the tenth.

I did some Google searching and did not find another town in Oklahoma by the name of Dundee except the one in Carter County as stated in the newspaper article mentioned above. Maybe some of you super sleuths can find this other Dundee?

Many “old timers” in this area will remember Lt McKerson’s (1914-1997) BBQ  Stand at 516 East Main in Ardmore. He smoked up some really good BBQ, even charged me only a quarter to smoke a whole chicken for me, along with the meats he was BBQ’ing. When I’d drop in his place for some BBQ back in the late 60s and 70s he always called me “Carmon” since the he knew the Carmons, my grandparents,  raised me. A Reader sent in the front and the back of Lt. McKerson’s business card.


What’s on the back of his business card will give you a chuckle. I think I will sandblast it on a paver.


I had a really nice photo of Lt McKerson some 20 years ago, but can’t find it now on my computer. Maybe someone out there has a photo of him.


Before Lieutenant McKerson and his BBQ stand. The first person to really introduce BBQ to Ardmore was I. A. Benjamin (1895-1972). He set up his BBQ stand in 1936 in a sheet iron building at 429 East Main, the northwest corner of East Main and “E” Street. It was called Benjamin’s Barbecue Stand and he sold BBQ from there until the early 1940s. (Lieutenant McKerson opened his BBQ stand right after he returned from serving his country in WWII.) I don’t have a photo of I.A. Benjamin yet, but his descendants are looking for one.

Q.  Where in Oklahoma can one find a forest with 500 year old trees?
A.  There’s an Ancient Forest in Sand Springs that’s home to 500-year-old trees and it looks like something right out of a storybook. Keystone Ancient Forest is a hidden treasure in Oklahoma. Not many know about this place and once you see it, you’ll want to visit. CLICK HERE

Q.  If you thought trolley rides were obsolete in Oklahoma… we have a surprise for you. Sitting in a quaint town west of Oklahoma City is the only rail-based trolley left in Oklahoma.
A.  Answer in next week’s newsletter

October 1983
In a historic decision that is still cited 28 years later, District Court Judge Woodrow George ruled that state law does not preclude the Excise Board from considering revenue-sharing funds in performing its budgetary duties, and that constitutional offices should be funded first.

October 1958
Construction of the new Army Reserve Center on us 77 South near the Veterans Home is going up fast. The $200,000 Armory is expected to be completed by February. The new building is not being constructed just for Carter County but for the Army Reserve units in all of Southern Oklahoma.

October 1958
The fate of future Carter County Free Fairs will hang in the balance when the Fair Board meets sometime next month, said Fair Board secretary, John Taylor. We will meet to try and decide whether to attempt another fair next year or let it die. Money is our problem. We had more exhibitors and better exhibitors but unless something turns up we may not have the money to go on.

I was looking back over last month’s (December) stats on my website from Google Analytics and see my webpage on building my pallet shed far out numbers the Hits of any other webpage.  Who would have thought.



Here’s a paver and also a rock I sandblasted the other day.



Below is from This and That newsletter archives of January 4, 2007

This week Ardmore resident Dee Ann Burris bought by some wonderful old photos taken back in the 30s and 40s of some of Ardmore’s history, mainly Caddo establishments. One of the photos is of a lady named Lee Wood. Lee was probably the first female barber in Ardmore. She operated her barbershop inside the Roundup Cafe on Caddo street.
Here are two photos taken inside the Roundup Cafe. The cafe was owned by Dimple and Bill Ford. In the second photo are 8 people, maybe someone will recognize a face.

We’ve talked about the Caddo Variety Store owned by Myrtle Mayhall in past issues. Dee Ann Burris has a wonderful photo taken inside the store with several others. Mrs Mayhall is standing in the center.
This is a close-up of the photo showing more detail of the items scattered around the store at #47 Caddo Street. I see the tin ceiling just like was in so many stores around Ardmore, probably made at Berryhill’s Tin Shop. I also see several leather harnesses hanging up in the background. Also on the walls are several fedoras and even some brooms leaning up on the left hand side. Who knows, the brooms might have been made by Mr E. D. Crites in his Ardmore Broom Company at 6th and I Street SW. He got his broomcorn in the 1920s from Pauls Valley and Lindsay, Oklahoma area, and using the most modern equipment, manufactured over 50 dozen brooms a day, which were sold by distributors in 7 states.

Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..

Thanks a bunch Butch! My computer has been down for quite some time and I thought I’d send a note of appreciation for all you do. The Newsletters are being read again and your webpage is just great. I’m still reading a number of them as time permits! Hope you had a great Christmas and are having a “Happy New Year” starting today! Thanks again. -Larry Johnson

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” –Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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