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Vol 28 Issue 1,407 January 18, 2024

Springdale School and Pupils District 70

Springdale is located in a great truck growing region two and a half miles east of the fairgrounds. Springdale began its existence as a part of the Mary Niblack School district 15, in 1912 and it began its existence as a new district, number 70 in 1918.

There is a substantial one story building 24×42 ft, a concrete storm cellar in which is installed a Willys electric lighting plant, a good wwll, brick walls, which furnishes in abundance of water. The schoolhouse is attractively furnished inside, new shades for the windows, a clock, pictures and new flags.

72 pupils have been enrolled during this term of school.

Springdale has organized a parent-teacher club which has held several beneficial meetings during the term, the most notable one being occasioned by Mr A. J. Hardy lecturing about his trip through “The Holy Land.

The Sunday School had a community Christmas tree, at which the teachers and pupils gave a Christmas program. This community feels deeply for the loss of a good citizen in the death of former school director, Mr W. H. Brooks.

The eighth grade pupils are Lucille Wisdom, Dora Vernon, John Treat, Bessie Treat, Rains Stracnerr, Renee Stracner, Sadie Ginn and La Floy Davis. Three of these pupils, Lucille Wisdom, Dora Vernon and John Treat are but 14 years old.

Among the student pupils of the Springdale School are some very active club members, and prizes for the past year totaled over $700 with several free trips to the state fair, and Muskogee fair.
from the Carter County Shools book – 1923

NOTE: Leslie Lavers sent in the photograph above of the old Springdale School SE of Ardmore. Thanks Leslie, a great piece of Ardmore history.

The Daily Ardmoreite, Ardmore, Oklahoma, February 19, 1912



The home of Mr. J.H. Carlock, 501 B street southwest, was visited by a destructive fire at 1:45 o’clock Sunday morning. The fire was first discovered by a Rock Island watchman who blew a shrill blast from a locomotive engine. This was taken up by the night engineer at the oil mill. The alarm was next telephoned into the fire department, whose quick response alone saved the building from total loss. The prompt arrival at the scene of the conflagration was most meritorious.

A part of the building and some of the furniture was saved. The loss is estimated at approximately $1,500 which is, we understand, fully covered by insurance. The origin of the fire is not known but is thought to have caught from sparks of a passing locomotive.

None of the family were at home. Mrs. Carlock is visiting n Phoenix, Arizona, and Mr. Carlock was down town. He got to the scene of the fire, however, shortly after the arrival of the fire department. A number of valuable papers were saved from destruction and this morning Mr. Carlock expressed his appreciation for this and other good works of the “fire boys” in a very substantial manner.

Below are some photos I took in 2006 of the Newport Grocery store north of Lone Grove. The store ran 35 years by Shirley Christian (1936-2022).

Shirley sure made a great tasting hamburger, the old fashion way.

Also Dwane Stevens sent in a couple picture he took of the Newport Grocery, you will find those pictures in the mailbag below.

From the Mailbag

“Butch, below are some photos I took in 2014 of the little country store that Shirley Christian ran for many years. Her Newport Grocery was located at the intersection of Stobtown Road and Newport Road north of Lone Grove. It was a couple of miles west of our farm. When I was at the farm I would usually go over there and get some gas, diesel for my tractor and visit with Shirley. She even made hamburgers while you waited. One day that truck in the photo was parked out front so I just had to get a picture. It seemed to fit her store so well. There’s some photos of the inside of the store as well. She had a lot of stock in that little store and a lot of folks liked to shop there. It was a popular place.
She was very nice and I always enjoyed sitting and visiting with her and the folks that came in. She had a small table and a couple of chairs if you wanted to sit for a while and visit and eat your hamburger. Unfortunately the store is closed now and Shirley has since passed away. Sure wish Shirley was still running the store, it was reminiscent of early days when country stores were still around.”
C. Dwane Stevens

HAM Talk by KC5JVT via Echolink

Below is Professor Ed Fong’s dual band, 144-149MHz and 440-450MHz, antenna I ordered last week ($50). I have it in a 5 ft piece of PVC pipe now, ready to go on top of my 40′ ROHN tower. Now to figure out how to pay for a bucket lift so I can get the new antenna install up there. If you know anyone with a scissor lift or boom lift, let me know. I was certified in both the 3 years I worked a Michelin using both kinds of lifts to install throughout the plant wireless access points in the ceilings (about 450).

There were 9 HAMs who checked-in on the 970 Net last Sunday. Hope we have more this coming Sunday at 8:00pm. If you know any HAMs, let them know.

Below is from my newsletter dated
Issue 196 January 20, 2001

I had a visit from a friend who lives in Wilson, Oklahoma this week, and did he have a surprise for me! Dillard Robbins (1930-2003) and his wife Viola has neatly organized in a photo album, a picture of every courthouse in Oklahoma! Dillard and his wife started traveling to county seats on April 11, 2000 and by June 21, 2000 had visited every courthouse. They drove over 5,000 miles getting those photos! And below each photo he has a filecard with info about that courthouse and other pieces of history told to him when he went inside each courthouse to inquire. He is an Oklahoma history buff of the greatest magnitude. We’ll be sharing Dillard’s work of love over the weeks to come, like which courthouse he thought was the most exquisite. Which five courthouses in Oklahoma have a dome. To which Oklahoma courthouse an Ardmoreite provided the funds in 1985 to build wings on each side of the original courthouse. Which one moved several times to different towns in the county because of fueding. And which three have a tower clock in the dome! Lots of history to share in the weeks to come thanks to a Wilson, Oklahoma resident by the name of Mr. Dillard Robbins…. Oklahoma courthouse historian extraordinaire!

This three photos below shows what used to be PC Longhorn Trading Post which was about 8 miles south of Ardmore on Highway 77 (east side of highway). I think there is still a rock building standing as a reminder of the past. I remember a false store front attraction on the north side of that building that was suppose to make it look like a town from the 1800s, a saloon, etc. This pic was taken in the 1950s. I barely remember visiting it a few times when I was young. When I-35 came through in 1970, it took away so much auto traffic, it soon closed.

Below is an inside look at the Longhorn Trading Post

I was over at Healdton, Oklahoma (25 miles west of Ardmore) this week and stopped in at the Grasshopper Junction Cafe to eat lunch. I had heard of Grasshopper Junction Cafe for a many years, it being in several locations over the years in the Healdton area. So I decided to stop and get a hamburger. I’ve ate hamburgers in every eatery in this county, and the burger at Grasshopper Junction is right up there at the top, maybe even the best in this county. It’s owner, Rose Wilson, and her daughter Sandy, pretty much runs the place. Boy, that hamburger was enough for two people too. It’s located just one block west of the only red light in Healdton, then turn south a wee bit.

Grasshopper Junction knew how to correctly make a burger, meat on top.

Butch, the meteorite at Tucker’s Tower came from Junior Dodson’s property east of Ardmore. Our land is across the road from his on Dogwood Road. Unless there is more than 1 meteor.”

NOTE: The Lake Murray Meteorite was discovered on a farm in Carter County, Oklahoma in 1933, by a man named J. C. Dodson Sr.  After being studied by Dr. Lincoln LaPaz of the University of New Mexico, he determined that this meteorite fell about 90 to 110 million years ago.

The Lake Murray Meteorite is the largest of its kind ever found in Oklahoma and now ranked as the fifth largest in the world.  At that time, it was considered the largest known specimen in the world. The farm was sold to the state of Oklahoma about the same time of the creation of Lake Murray State Park, for which the specimen was named.  One half of the specimen, also known as the main mass, was retained at Lake Murray, where it has been displayed at the Tucker Tower Museum since the early 1950s.

“Butch, Thanks so much for adding me to your T&T mailing list. I really enjoy the stories from the Ardmore area. Metta and Doyle Bridges wrote that Louis Priddy started the Black Angus Restaurant in OKC. I assume this is the old Black Angus Restaurant that used to be at 1624 S Agnew in “Packing Town” (Stockyards) section of OKC. FYI that building, which also housed the “Maverick Club” on the back (east end) is now the headquarters of Oklahoma City Lodge #123 of the Fraternal Order of Police and the club is now the infamous “Glitter Dome” club. The FOP bought the building in 1976 and has been there ever since. I remember the officers and their wives gutting and rebuilding the inside of the restaurant in about one week. The two brick smokers in side the restaurant were knocked down by the woman folk with sledge hammers however the exhaust fans for the smokers are in place and still work. On another note I need help from your readers. As you know I currently serve as Chairman of the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Committee. The Committee is made up of representatives from six state law enforcement organizations. They are the Oklahoma Sheriff’s and Peace Officers Association., the Oklahoma State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police,the Association of Oklahoma Narcotic Enforcers (A-ONE),Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police, Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association. and the Oklahoma State Troopers Association. The Memorial Committee is responsible for the up keep of the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial located on the west grounds of the Dept of Public Safety Headquarters at NE 36th and M L King Blvd in Oklahoma City. This Memorial was the first State Law Enforcement Memorial built in the United States and was dedicated on May 15, 1969.” -Dennis Lippe

“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I may not forget you.” ~William Arthur

See everyone next Thursday!

Butch and Jill Bridges
Ardmore, Oklahoma