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The Dailey Ardmoreite – October 2, 1952

Meteorite to be Taken to Albuquerque, Stirs Much Scientific Talk

What is it made of and where did it come from?

These are questions being asked about the Lake Murray meteorite as discovery of the celestial visitor in the big park early last month growing into a story of world-wide interest.

Latest reports on study of the meteorite show it to be a granular hexahedite, a rare type of siderite or nickel-iron meteorite.

Officials say it is the largest meteorite of this type ever discovered, and as such, is a worldwide interest. Approximate weight, determined at the time the meteorite was removed to Tucker Tower Museum, is 600 lb.

Classification as a meteorite as the rare type was made at the Institute of Meteoritics of the University of New Mexico for a fragment was taken at time of discovery.

Unsuccessful efforts of chemist at the University to make a complete analysis of metal in the meteorite have led to possibilities of a much greater discovery than was evident at time of discovery of the meteorite, according to unofficial reports.

They also report that the fragment, which appeared to be pure, solid metal was hacksawed from the meteorite, has microscopic crevices which have been penetrated by Earth atoms and the fragment is thus contaminated.

In order to obtain a pure sample, the entire meteorite is to be taken to the university in the near future and sawed in half to reach the core.

Allen Graffham (1918-2009), director of Tucker Tower museum, is to take the meteorite to the university, which is in Albuquerque, and bring it back here to the museum immediately.

Graffham, a paleontologist, says the meteorite is the property of Tucker Tower Museum and will be on permanent display in the museum.

The meteorite, the largest of its kind ever found in Oklahoma and now ranked as the fifth largest in the world, was found by J.C. Dobson Sr. at Lake Murray in 1933.

Tucker Tower website information.

From the Mailbag

I came across a couple of recipes that you probably will remember from our country cousins. One is Apple & Sausage Cobbler, and of course who can’t forget that favorite Corn Pone. By the way, have you ever had Cabbage Stuffed Possum ?! A favorite of those who lived deep in the ”sticks”. I prefer my corn pone drizzled with raw honey. The country folk I knew baked their corn pone in the ashes of the fireplace. This reminds me of my brother Tom Miller friend’s mother from those days of Marshall County long ago. Mother Landgraf was always cookin’ up country fixins’ for those long nights of card games and dominoes. A favorite of mine was the continuous servings of butter baked pecans. This was a regular occurance for Tom and his friend Leo. I would always want to tag along with my older brother when I knew this weekend event was taking place. Tom and Leo were known for their auto race challenge down ”thunder road” of Marshall County. Much to the chagrin of Ma Landgraf and Sheriff Splawn. This grueling event would always work up a fearsome appetite, of which Ma Landgraf’s country fixins’ would appease….. -Steve Miller

The Daily Ardmoreite
December 22, 1904
submitted by Mindy Taylor

Hidden Treasure

J. W. Johnson of Milo, who has good reasons for believing that he has practically located a hidden treasure near his home, has found a new link by persistent work that will probably result in bringing him to the exact spot where the money was buried.  A. H. Chilton, who lives on Wild Horse and is an old-timer in this country has written the following statement and made oath that it is correct:

“One Sandy Mitchell had possession of a chart which gave the exact location of this treasure.  This was in 1879 when he was living at Eagle Pass, Texas.  This chart was afterward divided between Mitchell and Sandy Fitzgerald of New Mexico and a man by the name of Moore.  The amount of this treasure is said to be $115,000 in gold.  I saw the chart in the hands of Sandy Mitchell.  It was written on Mexican parchment.  I know where two of the marks are that lead to the treasure.

To the best of my recollection Mitchell was in this county in 1868 for the purpose of meeting General Custer in an effort to subdue the Cheyenne Indians at the big fight at Cloud Cliff.

Note:  J. W. Johnson was a prominent farmer, merchant and the post master of Milo at this time. 

Butch, I remember when I was 7 or 8, walking with my cousin along a new road in, I believe, a northeast area of town that was brand new with lots prepared to build on. I found a meteorite the size of a marble laying along the curb in the road. It was around ’57, ’58. I kept it all this time and gave it to my son a few years ago. -Skip Joers

Q. I was doing research on these wells in Oklahoma as I have one on my property, at least I think that’s what it is. I am in Owasso, OK (NE Oklahoma). 

The gentleman next to me lives in the house of the original person that owned all the land around here in the early 1900s, and he was a dairy farmer (I am told his name was McClure – not sure the spelling is accurate). I had quite a few remnants of his operation on my property – barns, a stone building that housed equipment, a pit silo, and I also discovered another well that looked as if there was a large windmill pump at one time (I found four large metal / concrete footings).  

In regards to this artesian well, evidently it is said that people from miles around used to bring wagons to get water from this well.

I have attached a few pictures. You can see that someone put a very large concrete culvert in the ground with a cover, and there is a large hole in the top. Water is at the very top year round, and it very slowly flows out the side. In the snow picture, you can see it on the far right. 

Anyway, I stumbled across your article on wells as I wondered how common these were in Oklahoma. My dad knows a man that drilled wells around this area for a living and he had never seen anything like it in this area.  -Douglas in Owasso OK

A. Very interesting, and thanks for the pictures. The man that drilled my well had been doing it for years. He retired recently. I asked him about artisan wells and he said he only drilled one about 30 miles west of Ardmore, south of Ringling, Oklahoma in all the years he did drilling. No telling how many water wells he drilled, probably 1,000 or more. Here is a link to a webpage I made on my well project.

My water well drilling experience

HAM Talk by KC5JVT via Echolink

I now have all my parts in, including a new antenna. Now to figure out how to get the antenna on top of my 40 ft ROHN radio tower beside my house. Any suggestions or help would be appreciated. I’ve been told one can rent a bucket lift for a little under $250. Ouch! Help!

Below are the 8 HAMs who logged in last Sunday at 8pm 1/21/24 including Net Control Russ Keeton (WD5HCK). Accouding to qrz.com there are nearly 200 licensed HAMs in Carter county. But I know many listed have passed away. I estimate over 100 HAMs still have an active license, come on, where is everyone? Join us this comnig Sunday night at 8:00pm. It’s fun!

Below is from my newsletter dated
Issue 197 January 27, 2001

This week a computer gave me all kinds of trouble. The modem would call out and connect to another computer, but something was wrong with the “handshake”, so the modems wouldn’t connect properly. After taking it to two different locations (phone lines) and it worked, I finally decided it was in the phone line. But the phone line worked, you could even plug a phone in the jack and make/receive calls. Come to find out, a mouse had eaten one of the four wires. Boy, if that mouse only knew the headache he caused

Last summer I told about a link to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Felon database. The link is no longer good, but the database is still online at their Website. Just go to the DOC website, scroll down to Offender Information, click Offender Lookup, and your there. Oklahoma is the only state in the Union that offers this info through the Internet, that I know of. https://okoffender.doc.ok.gov/

“My cousin, Bud Caudle, went to OKC and looked this up for me about special agent Alexander being shot by the Love brothers which you mentioned in last week’s TnT. Thought I would pass it along to you. Thanks for the wonderful job you do with the newsletter but also for my birthtown.” -Harold in New Orleans

From The Daily Ardmoreite, Sunday, September 3, 1916, Page 6

In a pitched battle with alleged bootleggers near Hoxbar south east of this city about ten o’clock Friday night special officer Oscar Alexander of this city was shot and almost instantly killed by one of the two Love brothers, who were driving the team in which was being transported nineteen cases of whiskey. Special officer Dow Braziel received a tip that a load of whiskey was being transported into this section and he with his assistants Alexander, Tom Adams, and George McLaughlin went to the vicinity of Hoxbar and laid in wait for the expected wagon. Officer Braziel told his men that these were two dangerous characters and placed them in places where they would be in the least danger telling them to remain there. As soon as the wagon approached the driver was commanded to halt, but instead began firing at Braziel with a shot gun. Alexander seeing the danger Braziel was in started toward the wagon and had his pistol raised to fire when a load from the shot gun penetrated his body under his right arm causing almost instant death. In the general fusillade which followed Mose Love was severely wounded through the shoulder and hip and fell from the wagon. The team with George Love still in the wagon ran away and in passing, Braziel shot at one of the mules hoping to kill or cripple it in order to capture the other brother. The team succeeded in getting away and seeing one of his men dead and Love was so badly wounded that he might die the officers returned to the city in their machine and Love was taken to the Hardy sanitarium for treatment.

Yesterday morning Dr. Hardy stated that Love though severely wounded would recover. George Love was apprehended yesterday morning by the posse of officers who were immediately summoned when the details of the shooting was heard and is now in the county jail suffering from a slight wound in the hip. The father of the two Love boys, William Love and a boy by the name of Williams who were found in the vicinity of where the shooting occurred yesterday were also detained by the officers. When the wagon and team was found yesterday morning one of the mules was dead and the wagon contained nineteen cases of whiskey. The remains of Alexander were taken to the undertaking establishment of Boone Taliaferro and prepared for burial. Alexander was a young man who had many friends in this city who deeply deplore his untimely death. He has been a resident here for over twelve years, coming to Ardmore with his parents from North Carolina where he was born. Besides his mother, brothers, and sisters, he is survived by a wife and one child. The Love’s who have lived in the old Wilson community for many years are well known throughout this section. It is alleged that they have been in trouble on several occassions and officer Braziel stated that he considered them dangerous men to deal with. Love at the sanitarium yesterday morning informed the county attorney that he had nothing to say in regard to the matter at this time. Those of the party confined in the county jail also refused to say much about it. The county attorney is making a diligent inquiry into the whole affair. When the news reached this city last night indignation ran high, the idea of a young officer in the discharge of his duty being ruthlessly slain caused some ugly remarks and for a time matters took a serious look. The coolness of all city and county officers prevailed and all was quiet yesterday morning. The whisky runners have caused the officers of this vicinity more trouble than all other cases combined and a determined effort has been going on for some time to break up the practice and every little while some serious trouble arises from this cause and the Friday night killing will no doubt stimulate every officer in the county and city to greater activity. The wife and son of the slain officer were prostrated with grief as well as the mother, brothers and sisters who reside here, and the entire city was shocked when the facts became known.

I saw a bell in a yard just west of Lone Grove, west of Rabe Road and Highway 70 on the north side of the highway. I’ll get a pic of it pretty soon! By the way, I saw in the paper this week where Mr. Rabe died who owned a dairy years ago on Rabe Road. I used to ride my Moped out there when I was 15 years old just to buy his raw cow’s milk. It had three inches of cream on top!! Here’s a pic I took a couple years ago of what’s left of Mr. Rabe’s dairy.

“Have you had many replies to your inquiry about Webb Studios? I am a niece. It was owned by Ran Webb and was located on 101 1/2 East Main in Ardmore. The stairway up stairs was just west of Daube’s and next to Jones Furniture. He was there in the 1930-40 and into the 50s. He had a wooden leg (a hunting accident) but made those steep, creaky stairs many times a day. Dr. Sain MD and Dr. Adams, Dentist also had offices up there.”

“Hi Butch, Next time you journey to Wilson, Oklahoma stop in at Della’s for another good burger. Her store is located across the street from the schools. I guarantee, you won’t be disappointed.”

Roy Rogers (1911 – 1998), probably the greatest cowboy of modern times. I remember watching him in many movies as a child. I can still hear him yodel. Remember Gabby and then there is Trigger, Roy’s horse? A child might not have known who the President was, but every boy and girl knew the name of Roy’s horse. Roy and Dale Evans were married in the Arbuckle Mountains north of Ardmore on the Flying Healey Ranch on December 31, 1947. Roy was a believer in the Second Amendment. A believer in God, and flag and country and family. I will always picture him and Dale Evans singing, “Happy Trails To You” at the close of their shows. The link below tells much more about Roy and plays a music clip of the “Happy Trails” song. Darn, I wish I’d bought one of those Roy Rogers Daisy BB Guns. It was the fastest selling BB gun in the Daisy company’s history.

“Happy trails to you until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then.

Who cares about the clouds when we’re together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you ’till we meet again.
Happy trails to you until we meet again.”

Happy Trails To You by Roy and Dale Evans 1952

See everyone next Thursday!

Butch and Jill Bridges
Ardmore, Oklahoma