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Vol 23  Issue 1,187  October 24, 2019

PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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

Judge Thomas W. Champion

Thomas W. Champion and his twin brother, Joseph B., where the children of Joseph Benjamin and Ella (Nelson) Champion. There was a third brother, Robert. Thomas W. was born July 21, 1879 in Livingston, Kentucky. The family were active members of the Baptist Church. He studied law at Bowling Green University, graduating in 1902. His brother also studied law, and they begin practice together in Marion, Kentucky with the Honorable O. M. James. In 1906 Joseph B. move to Ardmore, Indian Territory, and Thomas W. came a few months later, both again entering aw practice as partners. In November 1914 Thomas W. was elected a Judge of the Carter County Court. In 1918 he became District Judge of the 8th Judicial District. In 1904 judge Champion married Daisy (Towery) Champion who was the daughter of Judge Towery of Kentucky. The Judge and Mrs. Champion had one son, Charles. The judge was also active in oil development and other properties, plus being a member of numerous organizations.
-Indian Territory and Carter County Pioneers book 1982

Photo of Judge Thomas W. Champion


lake Texoma’s Coney Island – 1967


Scrivner Grocery on Main street of Ardmore


September 2004
Donald Cohee, 57, was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 70 just east of the Brock Road intersection. It was the second fatality accident in 13 months inside the city limits of Lone Grove.

September 1984
A gun used in the robbery of the Broadlawn Pharmacy (Ardmore) was recovered from a Stobtown pond. It was the second pistol recovered from the pond in less than a week. Two Lone Grove men were arrested and charged in connection with the robbery.

Q.  Where in Oklahoma is there a rain forest?
A.  Just steps away from the skyscrapers that fill downtown Oklahoma City, you’ll find a “much-loved garden paradise” – otherwise known as Myriad Botanical Gardens. Click Here

Q.  Where is Oklahoma’s prairie chicken house?
A.  Answer in next week’s newsletter

This week I added another security camera to the Bridges Compound here at home. Camera technology gets better with each passing year. In 2009 the sheriffs office received a $30,000 grant from Homeland Security to install cameras and recorders in the courthouse. That money allow the purchase of 33 Vivotek cameras and 3 Servers which I installed throughout the courthouse, the Annex 1 building next door, and Annex 2 building across the street in the old Harvey funeral home. Vivotek is top-of-the-line cameras, so I know quality when it comes to video cameras for security purposes.

Now back to the camera I bought this week for home. Its a WYZE CAM PAN camera. I was amazed at the quality and high tech that came with this $38 camera on Amazon. I also bought a 32G MicroSD card with it for $8.50 from Amazon. Just a few of the camera’s features:

1080p Full HD color crystal clear pics
Easy to setup (just follow voice prompts)
Pans 360 degrees, 93 degrees vertical
Tracks motion (person walking)
Stream live to phone or iPad
Instant alerts/texts to email or phone
2-Way audio
Takes snapshots
Nighttime as clear as day
Free 14-day cloud storage
1 year of 12 second motion clips stored on cloud free

Check ou all the features at the link below.


Below is from This and That newsletter archives of October 22, 2007

This next old post card was the Palace Hotel in Sulphur.

Beauty Spring, Platt National Park, Sulphur.

Several of you wrote in last week to let me know I failed to include a link to another photo from Bill Bow of the concession stand at the Skyview Drive In. Guess I got in too big a hurry to get the T&T out.

“Could anyone tell me if there is any history of Peter’s Prairie school/church around Grove, OK? or where I might look. Thanks.” -Darlene
“I assume by now that you realize you missed putting the picture of the inside of the of the Skyview’s snack bar in the T&T. I’m sending you some more aerial shots of Ardmore I thought you might like to see. They were taken at the same time, 1953, as the one of the Skyview.” -Bill Bow


“The guy with his back to me is Jimmie Gaskins at the fountain Coke machine while Don Nutt looked on from the other side. I don’t remember the young lady’s name. I believe she was the wife of an Airman stationed at Ardmore AFB.” -Bill Bow

“When I visited my Grandma in Ardmore in the 30’s, I would swim in the Whittington Park pool mentioned this week in This and That. Later the pool was no longer there but a skating rink above where the pool was located operated in 1953 when our son had his birthday party there and I have movies of the kids who attended. There was still a wading pool in the park where we served refreshments after skating. Guess I remember farther back than some folks.” -Evelyn Gant
Museum Memories
-Contributed by Melinda Taylor
The Wilson News
“Fruit Demonstration Car”
The Frisco fruit demonstration car is due to arrive in Ardmore Thursday, July 15. The car will be in charge of Ashley Bales, agricultural agent for the Frisco Company. The Frisco Company extends an invitation to all peach growers to attend the demonstrations given on the car.
“Wilson Fruit Growers Ship First Car Peaches”
Fruit growers from the neighborhood of Wilson and Hewitt shipped a car of early peaches from Wilson Saturday. The variety shipped was the “Mamie Ross.” Elbertas are not quite ready for shipment. The crop now promises to be the largest ever grown in this section of the state. There is considerable difficulty in finding baskets and crates enough to handle the crop.
“Uncle Dick” Bynum has shipped his second car of Elbertas this year. They go to the Chicago market where they bring top prices.Back before World War II in 1930 Hostess put out banana crème filled Twinkies (not vanilla crème as today). Because of the shortage

Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..

The 20th Century, 1900. 52 minute video.
Rexroat Alumni
Cafeteria potluck. Saturday October 26th at 11am Wilson school will be having a Rexroat all classes reunion.

Celebrate the rain; it only means that the sun shall shine bigger and brighter than ever. –Anonymous

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