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Vol 28 Issue 1,411 February 15, 2024

The grave below is in Row 4 of the confererate section of Rosehill cemetery in Ardmore. I checked with the cemetery office, they looked in their old yellowed book and there is no name recorded for that particular spot. I hope some super sleuths out there can help find who is buried here. All is known is who is buried on each side of this grave cover as noted in the photo below.

I have found the obiturary of C. R. Roberts who is buried on the north side of this unmarked grave above. He died of pnemonia (Spanish flu epidemic of that time period). If we could find any of his kin (maybe son?) still in the Reagan, Oklahoma area, maybe they know who is buried next to C. R. Roberts.

From the Mailbag

Butch, in last week’s T&T you had a picture of a hitching post.  This post came from Iowa.  When I was a kid it was in front of our house.  We had an acreage just outside of town and when I rode my horse to town I would tie them to this post.  I moved it to Oklahoma when my folks sold the house. -Rick Woodbridge

I was reading in your newsletter under Oklahoma News about the UFO Scare in August 1965. My family and I lived in El Dorado Ks and on this August evening had left our home and going north to Potwin, a small town, when all at once something flashing very bright lights came in sight, darting here and there. We stopped the car, along with another car, and got out to watch

It stayed in view a few minutes, sort of hovering, then darting quickly, then left going south. I’m guessing it was a part of what OK and other states witnessed. Quite exciting and kind of scary too. -Elisabeth

HAM Talk by KC5JVT via Echolink

The past few days I have been working on a webpage for GMRS information. A GMRS license rquires no test and the $35 license from the FCC is good for 10 years. GMRS is really gaining popularity.


Eddie Collins W5WBB in Ada as a GMRS repeater online.
Repeater WRQB991 The Ada 550  462.550  141.3 tone

Below is those HAMs who check-in last Sunday at 8pm. Hope to see more HAMs checking in on the 970 Net.

Below is from my newsletter dated
February 17, 2001 – Issue 200

Regarding last week’s mention of the Wishing Well at Cornish, a Reader told me if I had travelled on west down the Cornish Main street, and back north, I would have found another well. A well with the coldest water in Jefferson county. Guess I’m going to need to take another trip over there!

Here’s a recent pic taken by an x-Russett, Oklahoma resident, Paula Stout, of the old Russett, Oklahoma school.

Back in the late 50s and early 60s when I went to Washington elementary school, there was a little grocery store across the street north in the NE corner of 6th and G street NE here in Ardmore. It was owned and operated by Basil Moran. I talked to Mr. Moran this week and he said he let me scan a photo he had old grocery store.

When Bud Jr (and Victoria) Hunt was alive, he lived out by the refinery in the NE part of Ardmore (not Bud Hunt the Carter county deputy). Bud moved the old Moran Grocery wood store he bought from Mr. Moran from 6th G & 6th street NE to just east of Refinery Road and Highway 142 near the refinery and used it in his business. Recently the wood building was either torn down or moved again. I remember going to Bud Hunt’s house in the refinery addition in the late 1960s and putting freon in his refrigerated water cooler. Bud was so proud of that water cooler… probably the only person in Ardmore at that time to had a refrigerated water cooler in his kitchen!

A friend brought me a photo taken around 1915 south of Leon, Oklahoma at an area called Rock Bluff next to the Red River. It is a photo of her kinfolk’s ferry that was used to transport people, horses and wagons back and forth across the river. One can see in the photo the “rock bluff”…. so the location would be easy to find, even 85 years later.

I received an email this week inquiring if there was a cemetery located near McLish street SW here in Ardmore before 1900. I contacted the number one authority in Ardmore on Carter county cemeteries, Bill Hamm, and below is the reply from Bill:

“When Ardmore became a city in 1887, the cemetery was on the west side of town and was called Old South. As the city began to grow the city leaders realized that the cemetery was too close to the community and decided to move it to another location. The cemetery was moved about 1895 or 1896 to its present location south of the City and the new cemetery was called New South Cemetery, later it was named Rose Hill Cemetery. When the graves that were in Old South Cemetery were moved, the workers were only able to move the graves that had markers and the rest were left behind. The area of the Old South Cemetery is now part of Central Park, the Episcopal Church and the houses west of the area. When that area was being developed it was not unusual for the builders to dig into a burial site. I have found several people who had been buried in Old South Cemetery, but could not find any record of them as being moved to Rose Hill Cemetery.”

“My (frequently faulty) memory tells me that Lay’s bought Morton’s. Or it might have been the other way around. Anyway, I remember Morton’s, then Morton-Lay’s, then Frito Lay’s.”

“Butch, Amazing! Here I am out here in California, searching on the internet for a Seth Thomas Ship’s clock and I get a page from some guy from Ardmore who goes to HAM club at Howard Robinson’s house. Now I heard stories all the way out here in San Francisco that someone in Ardmore had found out over the internet how to fix that courthouse clock. So you’re the one. I just wanted to say hello while I’m at your page. That courthouse brings back very fond childhood memories.”

“I am a journalist working for The Western Mail which is the national newspaper of Wales, UK, and I am trying to get some details about the town of Gene Autry, formerly known as Berwyn. Berwyn in Welsh means mountain range and, clearly, the town was originally founded by Welsh immigrants. I would like to know more about them, if that is at all possible. Do you have any background information? Or, could you put me in touch with someone who has studied the history of the town? I would be very grateful for this information – it will probably make a nice story for my newspaper (as a youngster I was a big fan of Gene Autry). My e-mail address is,” Colin.hughes@wme.co.uk

“Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one’s trundle-bed.
So shut your eyes while mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.”

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod (Dutch Lullaby)
by Eugene Field (1850-1895)


See everyone next Thursday!

Butch and Jill Bridges
Ardmore, Oklahoma