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Vol 27 Issue 1,353 January 5, 2023

The building below in the northeast corner of Main Street and North Washington was the City Drug Store back in the 1940s-1960s. In later years, it was used for used furniture and antiques. WHen it burned, it was not replaced but was razed. There is a parking lot located on that spot now.

What’s interesting is the City Drug store was also the only place in the 50s and 60s students could buy their new and even used school books for the coming year.

Ardmore Plumbing Company – 1957

Houston, Dunn and Houston Electroplating, Ardmore, Oklahoma 1947

This 1967 photo was submitted by Freeman Baker of his grandfather’s lumber yard. It was located at 3rd and A Northeast.

Davis-Eakin Lumber Company at 4th and A Street NE – 1947

Hudson-Houston Lumber Company

Below is from the 1939 Ardmoreite about my grandfather’s lumber yard at 3rd and H Northeast. My grandparents raised me after my parents got a divorce when I was 6 months old. I lived with them in the their house next door to the lumber yeard until I was 21 years old.

I took the picture below of my grandparents lumber yard in 1973. That is my brand new 1973 Volkswagon Super Beatle parked in front. The store at 801 3rd on the left is gone, but our house, 805 3rd NE, on the right is still standing.

I was watching an auction program on the British channel (#460 on Roku) this morning and heard a phrase I hadn’t heard since I was a wee lad. My mother used it every now and then.

Bric-a-Brac – miscellaneous objects and ornaments of little value

A little update on my HAM radio since I’m back again after a 16 year absence. In the past week or so I’ve talked to 68 HAMs (see log at bottom of webpage) all over the U.S. and world using Echolink. A fantastic program that works on a computer or cellphone. You only need a HAM license to use it.

Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG….

Butch, Makenzie is my youngest daughter! After high school, Makenzie went to Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro Tennessee and got a degree in Audio Production Business and now she is living a few miles outside of Nashville and pursuing her dream of playing and recording music! -Rick Wallace, Ardmore

Below is from my Vol 4, Issue 141 January 1, 2000 newsletter:

In 1998 I took a photo of the Gainesville, Texas train Depot (built in 1902). I passed it along to the Northeast Texas Railroad Archive in Texas. I had forgot about that little contribution until this week when I was doing a search using Metacrawler.com for something. After looking at the photo again, I think it may be one of the best photos I’ve snapped. The reason I took the photo back in June 1998 in the first place was my great grandparents on my mother’s side, Howard and Ada Carmon lived in Gainesville, TX around 1880 after moving there from Pennsylvania. I go to the Fairview Cemetery there in Gainesville once in a while to visit their grave site.

“To boldly go where no one has gone before.”

See everyone next Thursday!

Butch and Jill Bridges
Ardmore, OK