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Vol 23  Issue 1,184 October 3, 2019

PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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

Henry and Holly Simmons Berry

Henry Berry was born in the year 1910 in Detroit, Texas, the son of Jasper and Rhoda Berry. Rhoda lived until  the age of 102 years. His brothers and sisters are Clemitta Jones, Clifton D,  Valasca Agers, Theresa Rogan, O.V., Bernice and Bridgett.

When Henry arrived in Ardmore his first work with shining shoes and working in filling stations. Later he worked in the Ford and Mulkey hotels. In 1941 he married Holly Simmons Berry here in Ardmore, and the service was performed by Reverend Hannah. Henry and Holly had both been married previously, Henry had a son H.B. Barry, and Holly had a daughter, now Mrs, Willie Rose Lyons.

Holly is the daughter of Alfred and Sadie Hollis Simmons, and was born January 18th 1913 in Canadian, Oklahoma. Her brothers and sisters are Mabel, Mark, J.B., and Theoda. Holly had moved to Ardmore from Durant in 1937. Four years after their marriage Henry became blind from illness affecting the optic nerves. Not content with a life of idleness, Henry opened in the late 1950s the concession stand in the Carter County Courthouse first floor rotunda. His wife has been at his side as an able and loving partner through these many years. Because of his failing health it was necessary for Henry and Holly to close their stand in 1981. Their many friends and customers miss them terribly.
-Indian Territory and Carter County Pioneers book 1982

Photo of Henry Berry

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August 1959
Carter County claims the dubious distinction of ranking third among Oklahoma’s 77 counties in the number of traffic fatality July. So far Carter County has had 17 fatalities. Only Tulsa and Oklahoma counties have more.

Q.  Where in Oklahoma can animal lovers can go and get up close and personal…and it’s not the zoo? Its an interactive exotic animal park that is home to lions, tigers, leopards, bears, snakes, alligators, kangaroos, lemurs and many more animals.
A.  Tiger Safari Zoological Park in Tuttle, Oklahoma.
https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/oklahoma/unique-park-ok/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=oklahoma&utm_campaign=newsletter

Q.  What is the official State meal of Oklahoma?
A.  Answer in next week’s newsletter

A couple grave markers I made this week

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

HUGO. OKLAHOMA. The Goodland Indian mission and orphanage (today called the Goodland Academy) was under the direction of the Southern Presbyterian Church for the education of Indian youth – is the oldest school in continuous operation in Oklahoma. Visitors are welcome to the campus, located two miles southwest of Hugo. Together with several modern buildings, the old church and the log cabin office of Basil LeFlore, Governor of the Choctaw Nation from 1859 to 1860, are still standing. Remaining open during the Civil War, Choctaw troops drilled on the campus for service in the Confederacy, but when the conflict ended, the institution returned to its primary goal, education.
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“Butch, I read an article in T&T a couple of weeks ago and I would like to add some information to that. I drilled an oil well in the top of the sand hills at Waynoka in the spring of 1958. I was rig supt. for Jack Grace Drilling co. We drilled the well for Mayflow Petroleum Company. My drillers were John Morris, Robert Paul, Jim Graves, John and crew were out of Munster, TX and I send T&T to him each week. We got a fair well but it was to expensive to produce, had to keep road grader on location 24/7, just to much sand. Mr DeVilbliss owned the part of sand hills we drilled in. He and Mr Harmon started the Waynoka Rattlesnake hunt and they were members of the chamber of commerce. The chamber was in charge if the camels, they had a one hump camel and a two hump camel. They brought them out to the rig I am sending pics of camel and rattlesnake hunt! I just walked up to festivities and they said sold to hoot $20.00 was the prettiest snake of the hunt? They skinned it and cooked it, I gave the meat to the crew! and I had the snake mounted and gave to biology teacher. Wonderful people! Thanks.” -Hoot Gilbert, Healdton
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“This was the Washita River by Ravia, on Monday, the state was clearing the log jam from the floods in June. I came by today and forgot the camera but the logs were all on the side of the bank. That track hoe is 40 feet out on the water on the logs. There we two bull dozers moving the logs the track hoe picked up.” -Doug Williams
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I’ve been in petroleum pipeline business for about 31 years, currently working for the Kinder-Morgan Pipeline here in San Jose, CA. We deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period from the pipe line; one day it’s diesel, the next day it’s jet fuel and gasoline. We have 34 storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons. Here are some tricks to help you get your money’s worth. Fill up your car or truck in the morning when the temperature is still cool. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground; and the colder the ground, the denser the gasoline. When it gets warmer gasoline expands, so if you’re filling up in the afternoon or in the evening, what should be a gallon is not exactly a gallon.

In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and temperature of the fuel (gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products) are significant. Every truckload that we load is temperature-compensated so that the indicated gallonage is actually the amount pumped. A one-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for businesses, but service stations don’t have temperature compensation at their pumps.

If a tanker truck is filling the station’s tank at the time you want to buy gas, do not fill up; most likely dirt and sludge in the tank is being stirred up when gas is being delivered, and you might be transferring that dirt from the bottom of their tank into your car’s tank.

Fill up when your gas tank is half-full (or half-empty), because the more gas you have in your tank the less air there is and gasoline evaporates rapidly, especially when it’s warm. (Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating ‘roof’ membrane to act as a barrier between the gas and the atmosphere, thereby minimizing evaporation .)

If you look at the trigger you’ll see that it has three delivery settings: slow, medium and high. When you’re filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to the high setting. You should be pumping at the slow setting, thereby minimizing vapors created while you are pumping. Hoses at the pump are corrugated; the corrugations act as a return path for vapor recovery from gas that already has been metered. If you are pumping at the high setting, the agitated gasoline contains more vapor, which is being sucked back into the underground tank so you’re getting less gas for your money .

Hope this will help ease your ‘pain at the pump’.
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The Evening Ardmoreite
Ardmore, Chickasaw Nation
Thursday, November 9, 1893
Vol. I, No. 12

By Telegraph
JOHN POFF, aged 70, residing in the Chickasaw country west of Purcell, met with death in a peculiar but horrible manner a few days ago. He was working in a cornfield, smoking a pipe when his long beard took fire from a spark from his pipe; the fire was communicated to his clothes and corn husks. He died in agony.
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Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..

I grew up in the 40’s & 50’s just a few blocks from the intersection of E street & 12th ave NW. I don’t remember a service station there. I remember a big two story house and several people missed the jog and ran into the house.

I was told that Buck Garrett was the nephew of Pat Garrett. I had a paper route when I was in Jr.High. My route was up N. Washington. There was a big two story rooming house on the corner right next to the High School. A lot of the baseball players were from Cuba and they lived in the rooming house. A really old lady owned and ran the rooming house. She was Buck Garrett’s widow. -Herb Linder, class of 54
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Watch the entire PBS ‘Country Music’ series narrated by Ken Burns.
https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/country-music/episode-guide#all-episodes
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Some cabinet photos from before statehood (1907) -Robert Hensley
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There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October. –Nathaniel Hawthorne

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