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Vol 27 Issue 1,359 February 16, 2023

The Daily Ardmoreite, September 9, 1920

City’s Water Bill Against The County Is In Controversy 

 At a meeting of the board of county commissioners Wednesday afternoon Joe T. Taylor, chairman, gave a few figures relative to the city’s bill presented for approval and payment, for 4 million gallons of water used during the month of August at the county courthouse and the county jail. Mr. Taylor stated that there is a wide discrepancy between the figures produced by the commission and those the city officials who are asking payment for that amount of water as one month consumption.

The Board of County Commissioners had a test of the pipe and meter that supplies the courthouse made, by one engineer, Wednesday and commissioner Taylor stated that by actual measurement the pipe flowing full head could only flow 8 gallons per minute. After repeated tests and always with the same result, commissioner Taylor said that, taking the full flow of 8 gallons to the minute, the maximum the pipe is able to carry, the pipe would flow 480 gallons per hour, in 24 hours 11,520 gallons will pass through the pipe and that in one month of 30 days, the pipe at that rate would carry only 345,600 gallons, a difference of 3,654,400 gallons.

After the test of the meter and feed pipe was made, commissioner Taylor, Young and Evans together with other attaches of the courthouse securely shut off every outlet for water in the courthouse and every sink and lavatory was inspected and not a drop of water could be discovered flowing in the building, and yet the meter under those conditions showed that it was flowing at the rate of 2 gallons per minute.

Every office in the building uses electrified water, which is paid by the officers and employees, and where the remainder of the 4 million gallons of goes to is a mystery the commissioner say they are waiting for the city officers to solve.

Commissioner Taylor stated that the county did not intend to evade a just debt, but that a board would never pay that bill until an adjustment was made and if the city’s officials attempted to cut off water from the courthouse steps would be taken to prevent them from doing so.

In his search for Ardmore’s history, Paul N. Frame found the following reference in an article printed in The Daily Ardmoreite on May 30, 1898. A wagonette, laden with young ladies, flowers, and flags, a truly pretty sight, which followed the veterans organization in the annual parade. It is likely this photograph captured a moment in such a parade. (Courtesy of Sally Gray)

This parade is in celebration of the Confederate veterans reunion in 1902. The mounted veterans are preceded by a band dressed in white, which may be the first regiment band, a popular band famous for playing “Dixie”. The location is Main Street with the parade facing east between North Washington and Caddo Streets. This reunion predates the building of the Confederate Veterans Home. (Courtesy of Sally Gray)

This parade is in celebration of the Confederate Union veterans reunion in 1902. The mounted veterans are preceded by a band dressed in white, which may be the first regiment band, a popular band famous for playing Dixie. The location is Main Street with the parade facing east between North Washington and Caddo Streets. This reunion parade predates the building of the Confederate Veterans Home on South Commerce. (Courtesy of Sally Gray)

Ritz Cleaners 909 West Main, Ardmore, Oklahoma. Mike & Pam Richardson proprietors.

Old saying: “If it thunders in February you will have a freeze in April.” Well, last night we heard thunder. So time will tell.

Some mail from this week’s MAILBAG….

Nicely done Butch !  ‘ol Tom Miller (1940-2018) would be proud ! -Steve Miller

I’d like to hear about Ravia, Oklahoma in Johnston County if you have something similar to the Mannsville story you posted last week.  My dad was raised there from 6 yrs up to when he entered World War I at age 17 (he fibbed about his age). -R. Helms

Ham Radio Talk
I had an interesting conversation using my computer’s Echolink program with a HAM radio operator, Rance Goodrick, in North Carolina last Saturday. Rance told me when hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle October 18, 2018 as a Catagory 5 doing $25 Billion in damages it wiped out much of the power grid and communications along the west coast and panhandle of Florida.

A town in the Florida panahandle had lost power and communications with the Miami Emerency Operations Center. But the town discovered they still had HAM communications with Rance in NC who in turn relayed the town’s status and information to the Miami EOC center. Rance is a 30 year veteran of the Marine corp and one of his specialites is radio tower communications. He used a NVIS antenna like he used on the battlefield during his deployments overseas. An NVIS antenna can be set up in minutes in an emergency and reach 100 miles or more back to basecamp. This is just one of many examples how HAM radio has played a vital part in an emergency.

Below is a listing of the HAMs I’ve talked to the past week using Echolink on my computer (no other equipment needed). Just a HAM license and a computer, laptop, cellphone or tablet.

162. 2/07/23 7:15pm KE5JLN Jason in Paragould, AR

163. 2/08/23 10:50am KI5ZMU Zack in Morgan City, LA

164. 2/08/23 11:15am G4SUA Brian in England

165. 2/08/23 7:50pm KM6DU Jamie in Northport, Alabama

166. 2/09/23 11:00am N8XYM Mike in Westerville, OH

167. 2/10/23 9:45am K3FLH Rance in Newport, NC

168. 2/10/23 11:50am WA6CNQ Dan in Daly City, CA

169. 2/10/23 2:00pm N3TFS Edgar in Landover, MD

170. 2/10/23 9:25pm HL2BOP Jang in South Korea

171. 2/11/23 7:15pm AJ6XW Dirk in Herald, CA

172. 2/11/23 8:20pm K0DPW Daris in Ulysses, KS

173. 2/11/23 9:30pm KN6YKE Tom in Los Angeles, CA

174. 2/11/23 8:50pm W8BDC Rick in Van Wert, OH

175. 2/13/23 12:50pm M7WLL Chris in England

176. 2/14/23 9:00am DK3PI Uwe in Germany

177. 2/15/23 9:00am LA3RIA Mushtag in Norway

178. 2/15/23 10:00am N1GDD Frank in Nashua, NH

179. 2/15/23 2:45pm N9LAB Len in Loris, SC)

When HAMs make contact for the first time with a HAM (worldwide) we share what is called a QSL postcard. With postage sky high these days, many HAMs do not mail a postcard like has been done for decades, but rather send an electronic postcard over the internet to the new made contact. Below is an electronic postcard I created and have sent to nearly 180 HAMs worldwide the past 3 weeks.

Below is from my Vol 4, Issue 148 February 19, 2000 newsletter:

“Butch, below is an interesting photo that was sent to me. An old photo of the sharp curve (horseshoe curve) on 77 near Turner Falls.”

“So many nights I’d sit by my window
Waiting for someone to sing me his song
So many dreams I kept deep inside me
Alone in the dark but now you’ve come along

And you light up my life
You give me hope to carry on
You light up my days and fill my nights with song”
Debby Boone 1977


See everyone next Thursday!

Butch and Jill Bridges
Ardmore, OK