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Vol 23  Issue 1,150  February 7, 2019

PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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

Price Wagon Manufacturing Company – Durwood, Oklahoma

Ruben Price work as a farmer and a blacksmith in Grayson & Cooke County Texas before moving to Indian Territory. He settled in the Yellow Hills area east of Ardmore. He became the first postmaster of Yellow Hills and operated a wagon manufacturing company there. This was about the year 1889. He later moved to Ravia where he farmed, raised cattle and made wagons. In 1909 Ruben move to Marlow, and spent his remaining years there until his death in 1920.
Indian Territory and Carter County Pioneers book 1982

Ramsey and Hardy Drug Store

This firm is composed of F.J. Ramsey and Dr. Walter Hardy, the former being an experienced chemist and thoroughly qualified, while Dr Hardy is one the the leading physicians of the southwest and enjoyed a decidedly extensive practice. Mr. Ramsey starting business here five years ago having previously resided in Quanah, Texas. The location of Ramsey and Hardy Drugs was in the northwest corner of Caddo and East Main Street. The Ardmore Sanitarium was above and the Dew Drop Inn was in the basement.

In describing the business of his firm it is only necessary to state that the stock of goods carried is as large, complete and fresh as in any city and the amount of sales each year has proven very satisfactory to the persons most interested.

A word concerning the prescription department: Theodore Huffman, who is in charge of this, the most important branch in a pharmacy, is admitted by the local physicians to be one of the most powerful as well as skillful prescriptionist in the county.
Indian Territory and Carter County Pioneers book 1982

January 1959
Royce Gauntt, Lone Grove telephone mogal, says his company is ahead in this area in dial phones. All his exchanges in Lone Grove, Springer, Woodford, Dougherty and Baum have a dial system.

January 1935
Charles L Parker, Carter County Superintendent of Schools, said most schools have elected to remain open, even though funding has run out. Teachers have agreed to teach for another month. We realize that we stand a chance not to get our pay. Some schools will be able to operate a seventh month including Equal Rights school, Rocky Point, Glenn and Plainview school. Wheeler and Smokey Valley have already closed, and Fox faces immediate closing. There are 48 Independent Schools in Carter County employing 105 women and 54 teachers men. Total enrollment at the 48 schools which include 12 high schools, 5,450 students in 1934. Male teachers received an average pay of $777 and females $580.

January 1935
Burns received Thursday afternoon when her dress caught fire as she sat in front of an open stove at her home proved fatal late Friday to Mrs. John Grizzle. She died without regaining consciousness. Funeral services the next day were officiated by Reverend J.W. Oden. Her husband and a daughter, Mrs Madge Hunt, are recovering from severe burns received when they tried to extinguish the burning clothing of Mrs. Grizzle.

Q.  Where in Oklahoma is a delightful general store close to the Oklahoma/Texas border in a town of 90 people, that offers home cooked meals, freshly baked pies, friendly hospitality and all the goodies travelers could wish for?
A.  The small town of Elmer is located in southwestern Oklahoma, just north of the Texas/Oklahoma border. It may only have a population of just under 100 residents, but it’s home to one of the most charming general stores and and home cooked food. CLICK HERE

Q.  Take an unforgettable drive in Oklahoma to the top of the world’s highest hill. One thing Oklahoma has in its hat of things to brag about is “home to the highest hill.” Where in Oklahoma is this hill located?
A.  Answer in next week’s newsletter

I noticed the other day the old Guy Harris homeplace at 415 Sunset is finally being renovated. Its been vacant for a lot of years.

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This is a photo of the old Carter County Sheriffs emergency bus.

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This week I received an interesting publication. The book is Memories of Walter and Theatus Sessions. The book is 125 pages in length and packed with information and photos of the Sessions family starting with their school days at Ingram Lane School near Zaneis school in western Carter County.

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There will be a book signing party on March 2, 2019 in Stillwater. Below is an invitation to anyone interested in attending. The party is RSVP so the Sessions can plan on how many to prepare for as lunch will be served 11:30am at 1116 E. Hanson Street there in Stillwater. marshateague@gmail.com

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Some pavers I sandblasted recently

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Below is from This and That newsletter archives of January 11, 2007

While in Marietta we found what I think is the most beautiful church in southern Oklahoma. It’s the Catholic Mission which serves the Spanish community there and was just completed a couple months ago. But what really caught my eye was the beautiful bell located way up at the top.
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Carl Zimmerman in Missouri said it looks like the bell might have came from a Russian bell foundry.
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“Butch…………. Here are three 1929 post cards of Prices Falls & Turner Falls.” -Grover Wells
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“Good to read your letter each week. I’m 70 years old and have lived in this area forever. Have went down Plainview Road for years and have wondered what the half of a cement building is. You go South from the school about a mile and it is on the east side of the road. We had heard it was a fort at sometime but I don’t know, Hope to hear from you. Thanks.”
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A. The concrete building used to be a dairy and is located on Don Bostwick’s land.
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Ads from 1915, Wilson, Oklahoma

DeWitt’s Hand Made 5 cent cigar (made in Ardmore).
Meals 25 cents and quick lunch at all hours at the Cosy Cafe.
Edwards Bros. We buy all kinds of furs. Live Young Coyotes, Wolves, Raccoons, Red and Gray Foxes: Coyotes $1.50. Wolves $2.50 Raccoons $1.00. Red or Gray foxes $1.00. Will pay above prices at any RR express office in AR, MO, KS, OK or TX.
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“I was wondering about Durwood. Was it ever more than a cluster of people living in that area? was it ever a town? The reason I ask is…….. back in my sheriff days (1960) a resident of Durwood was murdered. I went out there to notify the next of kin. all I found was some dugouts. several and most were about 30 feet wide and 60 feet long. I entered one and asked if anyone knew the dead man. It appeared to me that the dugout was divided into about six groups (families) no one spoke up. I could not get anyone to acknowledge that I was even there. Guess they didn’t want to talk to a hat, uniform, badge and gun. with no response I left with the comment that if anyone knew his relatives tell them he is dead. still, not a word. Is Durwood still there???” -Gerald Cobb
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“Butch, did you see the story in the Business Section of The Daily Oklahoman Wednesday January 31, 2007 that mentioned your T&T? A Dan Horton of Lawton saw a letter in T&T from a lady in Arkansas who wanted information on a cash register that had belonged to his grandfather’s business in Lawton around the 1900s. Dan Horton ended up buying the cash register from the lady. Interesting story.”
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Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..

I go through Meers twice every day. It seldom ever looks like this anymore.
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Hey good morning Butch, We recently finished a big renovation of the 42 bell carillon at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. We installed that carillon originally in 1956, my Grandfather actually installed it. In 2017 we took everything out of the tower and replaced everything except the bells themselves. The largest bell is a D#1 and weighs about 3,600 Lbs. When we reinstalled the bells we made 3 of the swinging bells and the rest are stationary that are played by a manual keyboard.

Tim Verdin, Vice President of Manufacturing
o: 800-543-0488 x1268
tverdin@verdin.com

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This is a 1955 map of Lake Murray showing the best fishing spots and what type of fish is located in that area of the lake. -Robert Hensley

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P.S. Now I know where the catfish can be found at Lake Murray!
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SNO-KLAHOMA (song to the song of Oklahoma)

SNO-klahoma, where the cold front’s sweepin’ down the plain;
And the piles of sleet beneath your feet
Follow right behind the freezing rain.

SNO-klahoma,
Ev’ry night my honey lamb and I
Travel home from work and hope some jerk
Doesn’t wreck our car in passing by.

We know we belong to the land
But it could use more salt and more sand!

And when we say
Yeeow! Ayipioeeay!
We’re only sayin’
You’re slick as snot,
SNO-klahoma!
SNO-klahoma, Oy Vey!

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges

“Friends Make Life Worth Living”PO Box 2
Lone Grove, Oklahoma 73443

https://oklahomahistory.net

Vicious Dog Attacks in Oklahoma
https://oklahomahistory.net/viciousdogs.html
Oklahoma Bells: https://oklahomahistory.net/bellpage.html
Bill Hamm’s Cemetery Database
http://www.usgwarchives.net/ok/carter/cartercm.htm
American Flyers Memorial Fund – Administration Webpage
https://oklahomahistory.net/crash66.html
Official American Flyers Memorial Website
http://www.brightok.net/~wwwafm
Ardmore Army Air Field/Ardmore Air Force Base Website
http://www.brightok.net/~gsimmons
Mirror Site of the Ardmore Army Air Field/Ardmore Air Force Website
https://oklahomahistory.net/airbase/
Carter County Government Website
http://cartercountyok.us