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Vol 23  Issue 1,189    November 7, 2019

John Hardin and Annie (Little) Cornish

John Hardin Cornish, an orphan, came to Indian Territory from Arkansas approximately in 1880 and brought his brothers and sisters with him in a covered wagon. They settled in the area south of what is now Ringling. John founded the town of Cornish, Indian Territory and did a booming business in the general store he owned and operated. He also engaged in ranching and owned and operated the Cornish Banking Company. He was married and widowed twice before marrying Annie Little. Seven children were born to this union; Lela, Oma, John, Grace, Bill, Effie and Jacque. He was well thought of throughout the area and was a Mason. He was a good friend of Wes Burney, founder of Burneyville. Merchandise for his store and other supplies were shipped into Gainesville, Texas by rail, then sent by wagon to a ferry which crossed over from Texas to Burneyville which was situated right on the Red River. Then they were transported the last time to Cornish by wagon. John Cornish was regarded as an honest man which was signified in the following story. He shipped cattle once a year by rail from Addington, Oklahoma to the Kansas City stockyards, where they were handled by the Cassidy Commission House. His fellow ranchers trusted him to add their cattle to his train load, without so much of a written receipt, knowing that when he received his money from Cassidy, they would be paid. Mr. Cornish died in 1920 and is buried in the Odd Fellow Cemetery in Ringling.
-Indian Territory and Carter County Pioneers book 1982

Photo of the John Cornish family at their homeplace in Cornish, Oklahoma


Reverend Franklin Bowd Harrison (1844-1941) was the last Confederate veteran living at Ardmore’s Confederate Home. Frank is buried in the Confederate cemetery at Ardmore.


Q.  Do you live near a massive sink hole in Oklahoma?  There are five of them.
A.  Weatherford, Oklahoma City Metro, Delhi, Oklahoma City, and Picher, Oklahoma Just click on the link to learn more about these five huge sink holes in Oklahoma. Click Here

Q.  Where in Oklahoma is a tail section of a plane sticking out of the roof of an eating establishment?
A.  Answer in next week’s newsletter

Below is from This and That newsletter archives of November 6, 2007

“Butch, the drive-in that was south of the first miniature golf on South Washington was Mean’s Drive-In owned by Homer and Lena Means. I was a carhop there for two years. Does anyone remember: going to the Civic Auditorium just before Christmas and getting bags filled with hard candy, an apple and usually an orange; cars that had names painted on the back fender; drag racing at Springer on Sunday afternoon? Boy those were the simpler days and kids could really have fun running around town at night on $1.00 of gas.”
Jill and I stopped at an auction last Saturday morning south of Ardmore and looked at an old domino table with advertisements printed along the outer edges. County Commissioners Huss Standifer, Joyce Talliaferro and Mack Frazer’s names were printed on the domino table along with my grandfather, Stanley Carmon, who had an ad for his lumber yard when it was located at 3rd and H Street NE printed on it. Best I could figure the table with printing took place around 1965. Interesting piece of history.



Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..

What a hoot to see the story about Solomon’s Bakery in your last newsletter. Just 10 minutes before reading it I came home from Walmart with what I considered a “real find.”

For the first time in years, I saw a package of Vanilla Cream Horns. I bought it, opened it and showed my wife my prized possession. She immediately inquired, “What is that”? I explain I used to eat those as a kid back in the 60s and got them at a bakery on main street in Ardmore called Solomon’s. She had never seen or heard of such a pastry. They were good, but did not compare the the ones you could get from Solomon’s (probably because Solomon’s were fresh baked and these were filled with preservatives).

Oh, those were the days, my friend.

John Bagwell
Dallas, TX
In the 1904-05 Ardmore City directory, Sockwell Brothers (L.O. & D.C. ) & Co. were proprietors with an address of 133 A St NE which is the northeast corner of Caddo and East Main street today. The Mercy train is now sitting where the bottling works were located. This style of soda bottle is called a Hutchinson bottle circa 1890 to 1910, later they used crown top bottles (bottle cap). The Ardmore bottling works went out of business in 1915 when a gas tanker car explosion occurred in Sept 1915 which badly damaged the building and other area buildings. -Robert Hensley

Note: September 1920 – The Ardmore Bottling Company, for which the charter was recently obtained by J. W. Richards, J. Holmes Akers (1st sheriff of Carter County), and W. V. Holman will produce a variety of soft drinks. A capital stock of $25,000 has been subscribed and a plant will be built at once.
Butch, I was driving out at Lake Murray yesterday and I stopped to take pictures of the old concrete fish hatchery that people have been talking about. It’s south of the road in the 2nd picture. -Kim Boyd

Butch, I remember walking to the south side of this area as a kid. There was a road just east of the spillway that went to it. They closed the entrance to the road when two boys drowned swimming in the pools south of the spillway (climbing the falls was great fun when the lake was full). Now they have cut the trees from the south side of the dam and you can see it. This spillway from the floodgate has deteriorated but the sides had tile. It looks like cement now. I took this picture today across from the floodgate tower today. -Don

“Mirror, Mirror on the wall, whose the fairest of them all” -the evil queen of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges

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


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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