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Vol 25  Issue 1,264 April 15, 2021

PO Box 2, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us,
What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

A Glimpse Into The Past

Bill Murray – Who Is Who In Oklahoma 1935
submitted by Roberta B. Abbe
Austin, Texas

Murray, William Henry, statesman. Born November 21, 1869 in Spring Creek, Texas. Son of Uriah and Bertha Elizabeth (Jones) Murray. Married Mary Alice Hearrell 1899, Chickasaw Nation. Miss Hearrell was a nice of Governor Johnston of the Chickasaws and a teacher at Bloomfield Academy. By this marriage Murray became a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. Children: 5. Education principally by self-directed studies. Taught school in Navarro County, Texas. Ran for state senator against O. B. Colquett and was defeated. He and his brother published a newspaper at Corsicana, Texas. He studied at nights and was admitted to the Texas bar, then move to Fort Worth to enter practice of law. Moved to Indian Territory in 1898 and opened offices at Tishomingo. Drafted all laws under Atoka agreement, attorney for Governor Johnston, and practiced in tribal courts with M. V. Cheadle. Retired 1903 to this farm and studied government. Member Sequoyah Convention in 1905 and later president of the Constitutional Convention. Speaker of first Oklahoma Legislature, was defeated by governor Lee Cruce in 1910. Elected Congressman at Large in 1912 and in 4th District in 1914 and defeated in 1916. Traveled to South America and finally settled a colony on a grant from Bolivia, 1924. Revolution caused the confiscation of his property and he returned to Oklahoma 1929, broke. Ran for governor in 1930 and was elected by overwhelming majority, largest-ever polled in the state. Served as Governor until 1935 when he was succeeded by E. W. Marland. He Pioneer in Oklahoma, a builder of the State, a historian an expert on constitutional law. A Fearless executive and always a leader. Known as the “sage of Tishomingo”. Nickname Alfalfa Bill by his friends and “cockle burr Bill” by his enemies. Home: Tishomingo.


March 1951
The Missionary Baptist Church of Milo near Woodford in west Northwest Carter County will dedicate its new building Sunday April 1st at 1:30 p.m.

March 1927
Clyde Lampkin, 32, and an employee of the Magnolia Camp near Graham was seriously hurt when some casing fell on him. Hope, however, is held out for his recovery.

March 1927
Tonsillitis caused the death of Minnie Alice Jones, 4, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Jones  at their home near Pooleville. The funeral was conducted Saturday afternoon by Reverend Smith.

March 1927
Fighting a gun battle early today with two bandits who staged a raid on Ringling, officers were foiled in their efforts to capture the bandits when a bullet struck a tire on the vehicle they were driving and the robbers made a getaway. Bullets were flying as the officers attempted a stop. Following the flat tire, officers got another car off of Ambrose Ward, but stop their pursuit on the east side of Long Grove.

March 1927
Three oilfield workers were painfully burned in a gas explosion and fire at County Line. Injured included B. B. Davis and Lester Rozzell both of Graham. It is believed a spark from a short-circuited electric wire on the derrick set off gas from the well.

Thanks to Cleta Hipley and several others putting in countless hours recording graves, I’ve uploaded a webpage for the McAlister Cemetery at Overbrook. There are over 1,000 names in the database. Check it out at the webpage below.


A couple pavers I sandblasted.


As of today we have reached area people about unclaimed property totaling over $753,644. And the search continues….

So with the above being said, how long has it been since you checked your name or a family member’s name? Its easy to do a search at the Oklahoma State Treasurer link below. I think every state in the union has a unclaimed property website through the respective state treasures website.

Q.  What old west magazine recently named an Oklahoma museum the top museum in the country in their “Cowboys, Indians, Lawmen, and Outlaws” category? The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the American West. Where is this museum located?
A.  True West Magazine recently named The Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum the top museum in the country in their “Cowboys, Indians, Lawmen, and Outlaws” category. The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the American West and visitors are welcomed to come explore everything there is to offer here in Pawnee. Address: 1141 Pawnee Bill Road, Pawnee, OK, 74058

Q.  Perched above the beauty of Lake Eufaula sits Oklahoma’s newest town. This charming town is unlike anything found in Oklahoma and the moment you arrive, you’ll feel like you’re in Seaside, Florida, rather than the Sooner State. What is the name of Oklahoma’s newest town?
A.  Answer in next week’s newsletter

Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..

Real Photo postcard of Hotel Ardmore circa 1940’s -Robert Hensley
When my dad worked at the Tishomingo post office in the early 30’s, Gov. Bill Murray was an old man living there. Dad retrieved a card from the trash which Bill Murray had signed when he picked up a package. It was a keepsake of his for many years but finally got lost over the years. -R. Helms

Below is from This and That newsletter archives of April 16, 2009

“Hi Butch, I want to thank you very much for the pictures of the Norris Chapel Schools you e-mailed me 03-14-2009, I would like to hear from anyone that attended the Norris Chapel School North of Mannsville, Oklahoma in Johnston County the school started in 1912 and was consolidated in 1956, located in the community of Greasy Bend. I’m enjoying reading your weekly This & That letter on Internet. Thank you.” -Reba Edwards Woody
“Butch, here is a old train in downtown Hugo, Oklahoma and the old train station.  This engine was the same kind as the Texas Chief that pulled the passenger train back in the 50’s and 60’s.”  -Doug




Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges

“Friends Make Life Worth Living”Ardmore, Oklahoma


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