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Vol 25  Issue 1,290    October 14, 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

Solomon’s Bakery

Shortly after the turn of the twentieth century, Julius Kahn, who was in the confectionary business in Ardmore, Indian Territory, encouraged Lewis Solomon, a traveling cigar salesman, to persuaded his brother, Albert S. Solomon, to come to Ardmore to begin a bakery.

Albert accepted the invitation, and shortly opened Solomon’s Bakery in the fledgling territory town.

This store, in the one hundred block of West Main Street, south side, became a well known landmark. When Albert died in 1926, his sons Hardy Sim and Albert Jr., took over the operation. The brothers continued one of Ardmore’s favorite stores until their deaths, both of which occured in 1968. Albert’s wife, Josephine, then operated the store until illness forced her to retire, and the bakery was closed in the 1970’s. Thus Ardmore lost one of its early landmarks, which had been the source of happy times for many persons.

-Indian Territory and Carter County Pioneers 1983

1902 photo of Solomon’s Bakery


1916 photo of Solomon’s Bakery.


August 1927
With an increase of approximately 20% in a acreage and with the total reaching nearly 75,000 acres Carter will harvest the largest corn crop in history, 26 bushels to an acre, the crop will total about two million bushels. The price of corn is also up to a $1.25 a bushel which means farmers in this area are looking to the harvest with much interest.

August 1927
Funeral services for Clyde Johnson 28, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cole Johnson (Carter County Commissioner 1931-1934 and1941-1946) were conducted from the parents home with interment in Lone Grove cemetery. Johnson was drowned in Little River late Wednesday while fishing with friends. He was an employee of the Oklahoma Pipeline Company and lately transferred from Healdton to Broken Bow. He is survived by his wife, three children, three sisters, four brothers and his parents.August 1951
Oklahoma has more persons on welfare rolls compared to total population than any other state in the nation with 8.24% out of every 100 receiving some form of public aid. Carter County is even ahead of that figure, a dozen out of every 100 receive charity. Old age recipients gets $45.17 per month for a total of $2,812. Carter County citizens in July received a total of $147,828. Of this amount most went to old age recipients. Child aid beneficiaries were next with $37,268.
Haney Grocery in Gene Autry, Oklahoma 1979


Still finding people in Oklahoma with unclaimed money. We’re now over the $1,360,300.00 dollar mark. Sometimes progress is slow locating people or their kin with unclaimed insurance money at the State Treasurers office in OKC but we keep trying and we are making a difference in people’s lives.

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.

If you have Facebook, I created a new Page called Southern Oklahoma Unclaimed Insurance Money. The only Post that will go on that page is names and towns of people we are looking for with unclaimed money;


Q.  What county is named for its mining?
A.   Coal County in eastern Oklahoma

Q.  What is the official state beverage of Oklahoma?
A.  Answer in next week’s newsletter

Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG…..

Do you know anything about a Dr. Harris Allen Hodges? I know he was Tennessee and was in Ada around 1905 have an article by an historical committee that says he came to Ada from Lone Grove because the doctors in Ada knew him.


Below is from This and That newsletter archives of October 8, 2009

The Daily Ardmoreite
October 22, 1913
Ardmore in Movies
Picture Man Here with his Camera – Scenes to be Made Friday.

O. A. Tannehill arrived in the city today and is making preparations to make moving pictures of Ardmore on Friday, October 24, following the street parade. The Royal Company of Sherman, Texas, will make the films, and the pictures will be put on the canvas at the Majestic in this city for three days and after that they will be turned over to the show circuit and will be shown in all three cities of the United States. Mr. Tannehill wants ten bright Ardmore girls to assist him in the work and asks the young ladies to meet him promptly at 10 o’clock at the Majestic Theater tomorrow morning. The Commercial Club has endorsed this work, says Mr. Tannehill.
“Butch, your photo of the small man in the black jacket is my uncle, Ilex Oxford, they mention in the article. This is priceless. Thanks so much.” -Al Young, Houston

Note:  The above picture are some of the dignitaries at the burial of Hardy Murphy’s horse (in Ardmore). Left to right are: Floyd Randolph, Jim Askew Sr., Jim Askew Jr. Hardy Murphy, Mayor Iley Oxford, City Mgr. Emmet Brown, Ray Colvert, Unknown, Quintin Little, Carl Holden and Guy Harris.”
“Hey Cuz, Wanted to chime in on the reader asking the question about Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.  They would often stop in Davis on their road tour and play at the old “Barn Dance” the rock building on the west side of Davis where Highway 7 West intersects with old Highway 77 South.  Their was a Ballard’s Dairy Queen there when we were kids.  I can remember lying awake at night in our home just south of Main Street listening to their music.  After a few years, the road-show bands stopped coming through Davis and the old rock building has now been converted into a some-what Antique store ran by the Busby’s. -Ralph Bridges


See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges

“Friends Make Life Worth Living”Ardmore, Oklahoma


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