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Vol 24  Issue 1,200   January 23, 2020

PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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


1907-The family for whom Carter County was named.
1892-Appointed Auditor of Public Accounts, Chickasaw Nation.
1894-House of Representatives from Pickens County.
1897-Secretary of the Building Commission for the Chickasaw Nation, involving the erection of the capitol building at Tishomingo.
I 898-National Secretary.
1900-Appointed by President-of the United States as mineral trustee of the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nation.
19O8-Elected the first representative to the United States Congress from District 3, and held this post 25 years.


The old Stephen Douglas homeplace Douglas Blvd Southeast in Ardmore.


The first veterinarian in Ardmore was Dr. Anderson (1867 – 1954).


November 2014
Daniel Pruitt, youth minister of Lone Grove Assembly of God Church, occupied a deer stand in front of the church in a program to raise money for two children and their families. Even though he reached his goal of $5,500 before 24 hours, Pruitt remained in the stand until noon on Tuesday.

November 2004
Nike wood harvested a 10-point 152 pound deer while hunting south of Lone Grove.

November 1994
The Southern Oklahoma Regional Disposal Board SORD officially took over control of the Carter County Landfill one year ago on November 20, 1993.

November 1984
The Arbuckle Children’s Village at the Ardmore Airpark might have to close its doors. The 20 employees have not been paid since November 2nd. Carter County Commissioner Huss Standifer said he was told to shut down work at the Village to questions that had arisen over the disbursement of Federal funds from a grant. An order was subsequently placed on the funds that they be frozen and the remaining funds be transferred to the County Treasurer. Once the money is put into an account the Commissioners will be responsible for expending the funds. The residential facility can house 18 abused children at one time and is licensed by the DHS. It is predicted that as many as 120 children a year will be referred by DHS for residential care.

The fascinating story of George Crum, inventor of the potato chip in 1853.


My upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 went fine, and no problems. Yesterday I changed out my 10 year old hard drive for a new 500g drive, and its working fine too. So I’m a happy camper. I checked today, and the link to Microsoft’s Windows 10 FREE upgrade is still available. I don’t know how long the link will be available. You will fine the link on my webpage below.


Update: If you still need/want to download Windows 10 for free the following link will get you started from Microsoft. How long this link will work is up to Microsoft.


Q.  Where in Oklahoma is the Barn Quilt Trail?
A.  Blackwell, Oklahoma – A barn quilt trail is a series of painted wood or metal, hung or free standing, quilt squares installed at various locations along a route.

Q.  Where in Oklahoma can you spend the day with adorable camels plus find other varieties of exotic animals roaming the land?
A.  Answer in next week’s newsletter

Below is from This and That newsletter archives of February 7, 2008

Millie Scribner Adams ran across an interesting piece of Ardmore history the other day, and is now its new owner. The item is a beautifully framed newspaper page of The Daily Ardmoreite from January 27, 1918. Its page features the Ardmore Akron Tire and Rubber Company. The article promotes the company’s stock for sale and the big gains rubber has made the past few years. The Ardmore Akron Tire Plant was located about 3 miles north of Ardmore at the edge of town. The business’s downtown office was at 209-212 West Main in the Von Weise building. From what I found, the company ceased to be about 1925. The interesting thing about this is my uncle, Donald Bridges, in California owns a stock certificate from Ardmore Akron Tire Company. I wonder if this stock is of any value? Maybe I finally have a rich uncle. lol
This week I placed the order with Wilson Monuments of Lone Grove to make the memorial marker for those who died in Ardmore’s 1915 explosion at the railroad tracks. The following is the inscription that will be sandblasted to the granite marker:




       SEPTEMBER 27, 1915


This is a view from the rock outcrop from around where Tuckers Tower stands today, before Lake Murray was built.
I stopped by Casey Catfish Corral just off Grand Avenue in Ardmore the other day and got an old fashion burger. I hadn’t had a burger from there since last March, and sure enough, its still a great burger even if the price has went up 25 cents since March.
“Grovie = a person who resides in Lone Grove America”
“Hi Butch, Looking at your latest last nite I am reminded something. Does anyone remember the Broom Factory in Springer? That Springer was once called the “Broomcorn Capital of the World?”  -Bob McCrory
“There is a town called Bokoshe, Oklahoma that has great hamburgers at a place called Jean’s Cafe.  The only cafe in town!!!  The town is on Highway 31, east of McAlester.  Great place to get a burger!” NOTE: Now permanently closed.
“Bromide, Oklahoma- These granite quarry cuts are 7 ft. in height so you can add up the cuts to get your total depth. That is the sun peering through the little spot at the top of the pic. This is a corner of the “room” that was formed by the cuts taken there back in the “old” days. It is a beautiful place to walk around in Spring or Fall, but you don’t want to go when the snakes and ticks are out!”
The Wilson News submitted by Mindy Taylor

Joe Moore, local manager for the Chickasaw Lumber Co., was injured in the Ardmore explosion Monday. He was standing by one of the big plate glass windows which shattered and the falling glass cut him just above the (foot). Dr. says that Joe will have to stay off his foot for a few days and he will be okay. Of course Joe doesn’t mind a little cut so long as he can set around the hotel. “We wonder why”.

All the Wilson doctors were called to Ardmore to help care for the injured.

L. F. Son who was called to Ardmore to help embalm the unfortunates that were caught in the explosion returned last Wednesday.

The trains are loaded by sightseers going to and from Ardmore to see what the explosion did, and they all say that they never saw anything like it.

Captured Booze and Gamblers
Deputy Sheriffs, W. A. Ward, Bill Brooks and Bud Ballew made a raid on the red lights of the oil fields last night . 100 quart of good squirrel oil was captured and a good bunch of the velvet boys, better known as gamblers was brought in.

Main Street Lighted Up
Say, did you ever see the great white way in the larger cities, well, we have a white way here that has them all beat.
The Yale theatre has put up two large electric lights on Main Street which lights up a whole block and helps the appearance of the city a great deal.

The Moonlight school meets every Tuesday and Thursday nights. All those men and women who desire to learn to read and write are especially invited to attend free of cost, also any who would like to take a review in English or Arithmetic.

Wilson Museum Hours:
Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..

I was raised in Ringling and there was this wonderful lady photographer, her name was Cleo Woods, who lived in Healdton on east Texas street and she took thousands of photos in the late 50’s 60’s and I think into the 70’s as well for all the school events, including Ringling, Healdton and Wilson. She also, I think was a free-lance photographer for the Daily Ardmoreite. Whenever there was a bad car accident, fire or other things going on she was always there. I saw many of her photos in the Ardmoreite. She captured a lot of local history with her photography. I was just wondering what ever happened to her and her files of photos and negatives and if they are available to the general public. Thank you. -Larry
The Oklahomans who were with the Pennsylvania unit in the Argonne sound like a fascinating story. If at all possible, I would love to have a PDF copy! Thanks!

There is something else I wanted to mention. Would you happen to know of an extremely tall fellow from Ardmore, who grew to, I believe, 7 feet? His last name might have been Staples, his first name is not known, and I recall that my mother mentioned that he was my father’s cousin. Thank you for any information that you might have. Such a tall person would be unusual anywhere, but especially in 1920s-1930s Ardmore.

As always, your newsletter is one of the highlights of the week. And congratulations on extending the life of your old HP, from Windows 7 to 10. I try to do the same with my systems. “Ain’t broke, why fix?” -Robert
Dear Butch, Thank you! This evening I will start downloading the LeChene Tondu file into a drop box. You are very kind to share that story. History is so fascinating!

I have always been intrigued with history, noting that the writings of historians can vary according to their own perspectives. We can only read what they present to us, and try to devise what might have actually happened, but usually a fairly good graphic emerges. I did not begin digging into my own family history until after Sally Gray of Ardmore made contact around 2003-4, asking for information and photographs of James T. Staples, one of the founders of Ardmore. I had inherited some photographs and provided her with everything she asked and gave her free rein to publish whatever she wanted. Her book was entitled “Territorial Town: The Story of Ardmore” and Mrs. Gray kindly gifted an autographed copy to me. James T. Staples is my great-grandfather, and he passed away in 1942 before I was born so I know very little about him except “word of mouth.” The “word of mouth” is that he was a deputized US Marshall with the Southern District of Indian Territory, but I have not been able to uncover any evidence. He possessed a pair of 1873 Colt .45 “Peacemakers” with ivory handles, and a “little tin badge.” I’ve not seen them myself, and true to form, such items tend to just “disappear.” However, his daughter, Marie Staples, my grandmother and other daughter, Francis Staples, great aunt left quite a treasure of photographic information. Marie married my grandfather, Claude Hunnicutt, and Aunt Francis married Alvin Brooks Senter (possibly the same or related A. B. Senter of Ardmore – a house-builder). I have James Staples on horseback in what was then “downtown Ardmore” which is not modern. He ran a meat market and I have a picture of his store. While searching for a Staples US Marshal connection, I discovered others, who were cousins and some were prominent in Oklahoma history, such as Bill Tilghman, and Old West lawmen — Pat Garrett, Bat Masterson, John Hicks Adams, William Davis Allison, Tom Horn and Wild Bill Hickok. I am looking at any connection with Buck Garrett, who was the Chief of Police of Ardmore, and Buck Garrett, and whether they were related.

One last Ardmore experience that I would like to share — the family would visit Grandma Marie and I would be assigned to sleep on her screened back porch. This was back in the mid 1950’s, between 1955-1958 or so. FYI, I am totally deaf, having lost my hearing fairly rapidly growing up, but seemingly was intact at an earlier age. I vividly remember sleeping in that back porch and — in the night, the lions at the zoo would let out frightful roars, and that could be heard all over town! Usually it was just a solo lion making noise, after along periods of quiet. That lion would start out with a low r-r-r…r-r-r then a mighty roar! — that would travel all over town! This remains one of my fondest, most beautiful auditory memories. I love lions!

My apologies for this long append. Ardmore, that lion, and the surrounding region holds very special in my heart.

With Kind Regards,

Robert – Vail, AZ
Re: Cude Texaco

Looking at the pumps and cars, my best bet is about 1927-30. Those glass top pumps came on in 1925 and those in the picture appear to be improved over the original. Certainly no later than 1930. The vehicle are lacking the early ’30’s appearance so my guess is 1928-29. -Thal
This is the biggest and most interesting article/book/history about WWII since you all published the Air Base link for the 463rd Troop Carrier Wing – the very first C-130 showed up as the “City of Ardmore” – as you know.

Thanks Butch for the link to Neal Freeman’s book! My youngest brother Jim will really enjoy this.


Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges

“Friends Make Life Worth


Vicious Dog Attacks in Oklahoma
Oklahoma Bells: https://oklahomahistory.net/bellpage.html
Bill Hamm’s Cemetery Database
American Flyers Memorial Fund – Administration Webpage
Ardmore Army Air Field/Ardmore Air Force Website
Carter County Government Website