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Vol 23  Issue 1,196   December 26, 2019

PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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


The Daily Ardmoreite
Sunday, December 28, 1919
Ardmore, Oklahoma

At the county jail, following his usual custom, Sheriff Buck Garrett was host to the prisoners on Christmas Day. And the sheriff lived up to his policy of not doing things by halves and put on a highly appreciated “spread”.

There was turkey and cranberry sauce and pies and all the “fixings” attendant at a Christmas feast. Besides all the good things at the dinner table, the “shut-ins” received candies, fruits, nuts, tobacco, etc., all of which helped materially to lighten the burden of feeling that they were denied the freedom of the average American citizen.

The following 2 pictures were sent in this week by Robert Hensley. The first one was Ardmore’s Union Station depot before statehood in 1907.


You will see to the right in the above photo the baggage carts used to get the mail off the train and into a truck for transport to the post office. These hand pulled carts were still in use in the late 60s. Mr. A.L. Senter lived behind us on H Street NE and would take me with him sometimes to get the mail off the train and take to the post office. He had me hide under the dashboard, he said it was against post office rules to have any one with him.

This 2nd picture from Robert is the car wash tokens used in Ardmore in the 70s and 80s.


Q.  A small town in north central Oklahoma near the Kansas line where only 3,500 residents reside attracts over 6,000 visitors to town every day. Anyone know what they come to see and where it is?
A.  In Pawhuska where only 3,500 residents reside, there’s a new place on the block that’s attracting over 6,000 visitors to town every day. The Pioneer Woman Mercantile. CLICK HERE

Q.  What parasitic bug has been spotted throughout Oklahoma and its bite can be deadly?
A.  Answer in next week’s newsletter

Below is from This and That newsletter archives of December 13, 2007

Here is an interesting 1917 picture postcard of the Ardmore Refinery right after the start of the oil boom here. This plant would have been located on 199 East near the underpass, a lot closer to town back then, then the present day refinery. I had a great uncle fall to his death there in 1922.
“Does anyone know the names of the men in the picture. 718 South Commerce. Would love to know!”
The Wilson News 8-4-1915 submitted by Mindy Taylor

Big Basket Picnic
There will be a big basket picnic at Jackson Springs, seven miles south and one mile east of Wilson, on August 10 and 11. The management promises the public “plenty of water and shade”. Socialists will address those present, while the courtesies of the day will be extended to any other speakers who may wish to talk. Among the attractions of the day will be a base ball game and some interesting “bronco bustin”. Jim Hensley has charge of the concessions.

Gay and Festive Gamblers Running a crude imitation of a roulette wheel under the name of a “penny fortune wheel”, a man and woman giving their names as Mr. and Mrs. J. Thompson and their post office address as the entire state of Arkansas with the whole state of Oklahoma as a forwarding address, street and number, played upon the credulity and preyed upon the pocketbooks of those attending the socialist encampment until Constable Charlie Jones came down upon them and gathered them into the fold, after the manner in which a Kansas cyclone gathers unto itself a ripening harvest field. When Officer Jones arrested the game operators some eight or ten dollars was on the board, placed in nickels, dimes, quarters and halves, upon the “lucky numbers”, while the unsophisticated youths who surrounded the table held pie plates with numbers pasted upon each, corresponding to the numbers the “sport” had picked as the winner.

Thompson and lady were brought into the city and Judge Dillard was called from his downey couch. After investigating the case thoroughly Judge Dillard released the gay gamblers from custody, exacting a cash bond. Encampment for Three Days In mentioning the Socialist encampment in another column of this issue of the News, we inadvertently stated that it was held on only Monday and Tuesday, whereas we should have stated it continued over Wednesday (today). Attorney G. V. Pardue, one of the mainstays of Carter County’s socialism, is expected to address the “comrades” today.

The Wilson Historical Museum now has transcribed records of Cornish newspapers from the early 1900s. Wilson Historical Museum hours: Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Our Genealogy department is growing daily!!


Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..

Downtown Healdton in the 20’s pictures. Wow .busy place . My mom’s family moved to Clemscot in early 1920. Came by train to Healdton with all their goods from Independence County Arkansas. Granddad worked for Magnolia in the oilfields there. There is an article in the Healdton paper around 1972 interviewing George Roach ( grandmother’s cousin) who came with several relatives at that time in 1920 on the same train. Wish I could find the article! -Jim Bridges



Does anyone have a photograph of the old Woodrow Wilson Junior High building in Durant Oklahoma which was across the street from the old old high school. ? It was demolished some time after 1968. Thanks for reading. -Jim Amis
Paris M. Price is the son of C.L. Price. Paris was 5 years old when my Grandparents open their broom factory. I don’t know where Tally D. Fugate who wrote the story about Broom Factories in Oklahoma for the Oklahoma Historical Society, but the information is not right. Paris Price and C. L. Price are not in the proper places. My Uncle Paris was born in 1910 and my granddad was born in 1869. My Grandparents opened their broom factory in 1915. I have a 30 minute clip of Paris making a broom in Davis. -Ken Robb
Q. Butch… here’s a trivia question. I don’t know the answer, I’m actually looking for it ! What month/year did the old Movie theater “Carmike 5” by Two Frogs restaurant shutter its doors? I was thinking 2006 or latter… Also any idea what was the last flicks showing at its closure? Bryan Pullen

A. Closed in 2011

Another year has come and gone. So much as been shared here every week by so many, I can not count those of you who help make this newsletter what it is every week. It is appreciated. Some of our T&T family did not finished out 2019 with us, but they will never be forgotten. Every time I see a piece of history in this area, I reflect back to an email or conversation from someone, somewhere, out there who gave some insight to it in a past newsletter. Now we look forward to 2020 and what it brings and the Oklahoma history that awaits sharing. Thank you for letting us come into your home every week. Jill and I wish all of you a blessed 2020.

Happy New Year! See everyone next year!

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