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Vol 23  Issue 1,155  March 14, 2019

PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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

A.C.  Young’s Furniture Store

Nearly three years of earnest application, studying to please the people of Ardmore and vicinity is, in a general way, what Mr. Young has been doing since he begin business here. He has succeeded. It keeps one of the most thoroughly up-to-date furniture stores in Indian Territory. His carpet department will prove a revelation to those who are contemplating such a purchase. Then in furniture can be always found anything suitable for either a mansion or a humble cottage. Mr. Young’s establishment, which is on the corner of Main and Court streets, is 28 by 80 ft in size, besides a gallery and the entire overhead floor. -“Good Times” edition of The Daily Ardmoreite 1899


January 1959
Services for Harry Gaines, former custodian of the Carter County Courthouse, were directed by Reverend Harold Hendricks, with burial following in the Lone Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were Willard Proctor, Reverend Alan Moore, Wallace Bailey, Lester Jordan, J.C. West and Norman Taylor. Gaines, 68, was born at Greenwood, Arkansas in 1890. Survivors include his wife, Eura.

January 1935
Work of building ten model cottages at Lake Murray is expected to start within the next few days. The buildings will be of native stone. There is an abundance of building material at hand.

January 1935
Dewey Merritt has been found guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Roscoe Bearden. A 4-foot piece of wood was the instrument used in Bearden’s death. A dispute over $0.25 following a poker session in the woods near Brock is said to have led to Bearden’s death.

Q.  What is Oklahoma’s official state meal?
A.  The official state meal of Oklahoma consists of fried okra, cornbread, barbecue pork, squash, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries (state fruit), chicken fried steak, pecan pie, and black-eyed peas.

Q.  Where is the world’s largest concrete totem pole?
A.  Answer in next week’s newsletter

Below is a flagstone and a paver I sandblasted this week.


The paver below was really an honor for me to sandblast. Willie Holmes was the custodian at the Carter County Courthouse and lived an exemplary Christian life every minute of every day. The paver will go under the courthouse pavilion with the others who retired.



Below is from This and That newsletter archives of March 15, 2007

When I was in Healdton, Oklahoma back in 1998 I saw on the corner by the only traffic light in that town, a piece of oil field equipment cemented into the corner sidewalk. The sign next to this piece of equipment stated it was the first wellhead in this county back in 1913 when oil was struck at Healdton.
And this is the wellhead photo from The Daily Ardmoreite.
In 1949 Paul Frame wrote a thesis on Ardmore. I have read in other publications about this book, but have never seen it first hand. Now after reading the article in the July 4, 1976 Ardmoreite, I must get my hands on Mr. Frame’s book. Below is a picture of Paul N. Frame and the newspaper clipping from 1976.
Speaking of hamburgers, does anyone remember who “Sandy” was at Sandy’s Burgers on West Broadway?
“Butch, my hamburger friend. Why did I think of you when I saw an article about Hamburgers, and it showed this website. I just had to send it to you. I hope you like the site and I read an article in the Cappers Paper, when Seymour WI is claiming the first ever hamburger, and so is a town in Texas. Sounds like a Texas staple to me!! (me being from TX).” -Lee http://www.HomeOfTheHamburger.org/
“I teach science at Lone Grove Middle School. After seeing the words to Folsom Prison Blues, I thought you might appreciate that I play it during detention. I especially like the part where the train goes by and he knows the rich folks in the fancy dining cars are having a good time. While my detention students are cleaning desks, they hear their friends outside having fun. It’s a great analogy!” -Tamyra Ayles

Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..

Butch, In this week’s blog you had an old piece by Rusty talking about a movie that was filmed in McAlester. Actually, the premier of ROCK ISLAND TRAIL took place at the OKLA Theatre in McAlester in 1950 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Rock Island Railroad movie (2 hour movie). The movie, made by Republic Pictures, was opened on May 18, 1950. Forrest Tucker was the lead in the movie.

Also in last week’s newsletter was a photo of the of the old iron bridge over the Washita River north of Mannsville. On the north side of the bridge is an area called Greasy Bend. Verlon Thompson who played guitar with Guy Clark the last 28 years of his life wrote a song about his mother and Greasy Bend and it appeared on Guy’s album SONGS AND STORIES.

Here’s a video of them performing DARWETTIA’S MANDOLIN.

The next song on the album is JOE WALKER’S MARE which tells the story of a horse that runs free in the Arbuckle Mountains.

Tricia had Guy and Verlon perform at my 50th birthday party in 1996. I bought Guy’s first album in 1975 and have remained a fan every since. I would encourage everyone to listen to and enjoy Guy’s music. -Monroe Cameron
Butch: Johnny Jones, not one of my relatives, is the OHP trooper in the Love County law enforcement folks in last week’s edition. -Jerry Jones
For my historic preservation, if you desire to do so, look at Duncan, Oklahoma for the Foreman Prairie House Foundation, which I established, and at the Old Duncan Library, which I wrote and put on the National Register, since my mother helped “set it up” as a Genealogy Library while I was young.
Anita Gail Thomas Loafman
Duncan, OK.
We are going to be open the first weekend of April, 5th Friday, Saturday, Sunday. 10am till late at Davis.
2 Cajuns express will handle our catering. Thanks to all who made our dream, possible. -John and Guin Ryan
Sulphur, Oklahoma. POSTING FOR OUR LOCAL AMERICAN LEGION: Get your Murray County veteran a brick for the Veterans Park that is being developed at the corner of Broadway and W. 11th St. -The veteran must have lived in Murray County for five years. Cost is $30.00. Act quickly. The American Legion hopes to complete this project very soon.

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

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