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Vol 21  Issue 1,081     Circulation 5,000      September 12, 2017

Ardmore, Oklahoma

My permanent email address:  butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net

580-490-6823


The following story appeared
on the front page of The Daily Ardmoreite
Invasion of Southern Oklahoma

The Daily Ardmoreite
Monday, August 2, 1965
Ardmore, Oklahoma

Ardmoreites Spot Flying Objects in Sky
Flashing multi-colored objects invaded the skies
Sunday night to hover over Ardmore
and other Southern Oklahoma cities

http://www.oklahomahistory.net/ufo.html

September 1933
Carter County governmental expenses have been reduced 50% in the last 5 Years. That's because the depression has lowered the valuation in the county from $34 million in 1924 down to $19 million at the present time.

September 1933
Carter County Commissioner O.K. Darden says the fall planting conditions are ideal this year. "I cannot make myself see the wisdom of destroying cotton when our people need clothing and I cannot see the wisdom of destroying hogs when people are hungry."

September 1957
Jim Herndon, Cheek, has just constructed an excellent type of hay shed. Several farmers and ranchers throughout the county have already constructed sheds which fit in nicely with hay storage. It is a pole type, 12 feet high, 32 feet wide, and 50 feet long. It cost $730 to build.

September 1962
Mrs. Opie Turner, undergoing treatment for two pistol shots, has been placed on the critical list by her doctors. In addition to the bullet wounds Mrs. Turner is suffering from pneumonia and ailments not related to the shooting. Love County Attorney, Claud Smith, said she told him she shot herself.

A couple of the pavers I sandblasted this week.

http://www.oklahomahistory.net/bricks/JimGravesPaver1.jpg

http://www.oklahomahistory.net/bricks/WillieJacksonPaver1.jpg

You can find current gas prices for a particular Oklahoma town by entering the name or zip code in the GasBuddy search box.
http://www.oklahomagasprices.com/

Q. Where in Oklahoma are 2 very large dog statues?
A.  Billings, Oklahoma in far north central Oklahoma near Ponca City.
https://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/57253

Q. Oklahoma born Woody Guthrie was an American singer-songwriter who is regarded as one of the most significant figures in American folk music; his songs, including social justice songs, such as "This Land Is Your Land", have inspired several generations both politically and musically. Where in Oklahoma stands a life size bronze statue of Woody Guthrie?
A. Answer in next week's newsletter

Below is from This and That newsletter archives of October 13, 2005

This is my first attempt at making a marker and it will go in front of my house at 224 E Southwest here in Ardmore.
http://www.oklahomahistory.net/ttphotos5a/CarmonMarker05d.jpg

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This is the marker I poured last Monday to set at a house my grandfather built in 1935 at 1224 Bixby SW here in Ardmore.
http://www.oklahomahistory.net/ttphotos5a/CarmonMarker1935.jpg

http://www.oklahomahistory.net/ttphotos/1224bixh.jpg
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Here's a letterhead from the old Ardmore Hotel that was located at West Main and C NW. Its says it is fireproof, but I remember when the workers were remodeling it back in the 1980s, the welders caught it on fire, like to have lost it.
http://www.oklahomahistory.net/ttphotos5a/ArdmoreHotelEnvelope.jpg
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"Hey Butch, My grandmother told me she performed at a show of Gene Autry and Dale Evans at the East Main Theater in 1935. She won 1st place at a talent show they were hosting. Her name is Nelda Compton. She is now 81."
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"In answer to Les Gilliam. My husband James said Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were in Oklahoma filming "Home in Oklahoma." It was filmed near Dougherty. Roy and Dale were married on the Liken Ranch south of Davis. If you can find the date of the movie that should answer his question regarding the time." -Nancy Singleterry
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"Butch, Roy and Dale were in Ardmore for that show, I think around 1945 or 1946. I rode by on my bike and saw them go in the auditorium. Just doing a show, as far as I remember, no special event." -Bob Taylor
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"Butch, this is the whole map, but it only shows the railroad lines, so that road from Gainesville to Madill is a railroad. Also, notice the "counties" in Eastern Indian Territory are numbered from the northeast corner near Miami to the south and east from 1-24." -C & DW Wise
http://www.oklahomahistory.net/ttphotos5a/WoodvilleMapIT.jpg

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"Funny you should mention that. Here's a couple of pics (one each side) of a Dalton marker located where Pooleville road dead ends abt 6 1/4 miles east of US76. More specifically, N34?25.194' W97?23.977'
http://www.oklahomahistory.net/ttphotos5a/DaltonHistoricalMarker5a.jpg

Obverse side of the Dalton marker. Location, N34?25.194' W97?23.977' -Garth
http://www.oklahomahistory.net/ttphotos5a/DaltonHistoricalMarker5b.jpg

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"Hello Butch, This was quite an interesting letter. It has been a long time since I last wrote to you. I was living in CA at the time and finally got moved to MO. Got my computer hit by lightning twice. I also sent for a tape your brother made. Can't remember where he lived now. I was interested in the Dalton Story. I was wondering where the Dalton was sent to in CA to be buried? I am not related to them but I wanted to tell that -there is a big Dalton ranch in the Madera County Foothills. These Daltons moved out there from someplace in the MidWest I believe. I used to know their history but don't remember a lot of it now. In the Genealogy Society in Madera, CA they have information on them. We used to go by their ranch a lot when we went to the foothills going to Raymond or Coursegold. Hope this helps someone." -Evelyn Sell in MO
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"Hi Butch, wont be long before we can make persimmon bread. Will you pass along a recipe for me. thanx." -Ken Updike at Wilson
http://www.oklahomahistory.net/ttphotos5a/Persimmons092205a.jpg

http://www.oklahomahistory.net/ttphotos5a/Persimmons092205c.jpg
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"Hello Butch, I hope this drawing comes through okay. My husband was raised in Hewitt and was a neighbor of Mrs Cowan. She often told him of Bud Ballew living in a dugout in Hewitt and told him where it was. This is a drawing of the location." -Melinda Taylor, Wilson, Oklahoma
http://www.oklahomahistory.net/ttphotos5a/WilsonDugout.jpg

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Some mail from this week's MAILBAG.....

"Any readers remember a Colvert dairy salesman named "Mac"?"
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"Butch, here is the complete map. Sorry I just sent part of it before. It is a railroad map. It was made when some of the counties were just numbers." -Dale
http://www.oklahomahistory.net/ttphotos17b/AtokaIndianTerrRailroadMap.jpg
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Going thru old files I came on to this from back in the day -

A picture of a well bucket about 5" diameter & 3 foot long got my attention. Funny how something awakens a series of memories. The 'torpedo bucket' name they called it is new to me but that was the only kind of bucket that could go down a bored well. Looks like it would be hard to pour out the water but it has a ring at the top that you pull to let the water out the bottom.

Bored wells were about six inches in diameter that were bored or drilled by machine. Usually they had a galvanized iron casing, About 1930 my uncle sank a well in his place about half mile East of the turn-off to Gene Autry out East of town. It had to be bored bigger because he used cypress wood casing he considered the latest and greatest. It was made by six fitted planks about an inch thick. Probably cost him a lot. Water had a strange taste for a while.

Galvanized was probably good enough because in my back yard is one 115 feet deep sunk in the 1920s, still OK as far as I can tell.

There were also 'dug' wells but rarely seen around here. A dug well had to be 4 or 5 feet in diameter because it was dug by manpower. It had to be big enough for a man, down in the hole, to bend over and dig and shovel the earth while someone else pulled it to the surface. The hole could have the walls lined with bricks or stone depending on the ground it was dug in.

Another kind of well drilling used in the oil fields was the 'spudder' that just pounded its hole into the earth. The "Fort Worth Spudder" was being replaced by the rotary rig in the 1920s. I recall spudder's 'walking beam' going up and down as it pounded its hole, while water carried its mud out into the slush pit. The rotary rig (drilling rig), modernized is used today. My Dad had worked in the oil fields and took me out around Healdton where he knew a lot of the people, rough-necks, drillers, pumpers, etc. Reminds me of a pump station with a huge one cylinder natural gas engine, 12 inch cylinder bore and 6-8 foot flywheels. It powered a turn table that pulled rods going out several hundred feet to the pumpjacks 6 or 8 wells at a time. Today mostly replaced by diesel or electric pumps at each well. -Robert McCrory

April 11, 1996 (CNN) -- Every child in America, and almost every adult, knows the Hokey Pokey. You just put your right foot in and put your right foot out to perform one of the best-known circle dances in American history. Its popularity belies its age, and conceals its author. The man who wrote the song, Larry LaPrise, died last week at 83 in Boise, Idaho. He wrote the tune for the Sun Valley, Idaho, ski crowd in the late 1940s, but it took a recording by big band leader Ray Anthony to make the Hokey Pokey a nationwide phenomenon. (It appeared on the B side of the "Bunny Hop" single.) LaPrise didn't receive royalties for the song until the 1960s, when its rights were purchased by country star Roy Acuff's publishing company. In recent years, LaPrise worked in the post office in Ketchum, Idaho. Children often wrote him notes addressed to "The Hokey Pokey Man."

The Hokey Pokey by Larry LaPrise 1946

You put your right foot in,
You put your right foot out,
You put your right foot in
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey
And you turn yourself around,
That's what it's all about.
You put your left foot in,
You put your left foot out,
You put your left foot in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey
And you turn yourself around,
That's what it's all about.
You put your right hand in,
You put your right hand out,
You put your right hand in
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey
And you turn yourself around,
That's what it's all about.
You put your left hand in,
You put your left hand out,
You put your left hand in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey
And you turn yourself around,
That's what it's all about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgoWNbe3tjA

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges

"Friends Make Life Worth Living"

PO Box 2
Lone Grove, Oklahoma 73443

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Vicious Dog Attacks in Oklahoma
http://www.oklahomahistory.net/viciousdogs.html
Oklahoma Bells: http://www.OklahomaHistory.net/bellpage.html
Bill Hamm's Cemetery Database
http://www.usgwarchives.net/ok/carter/cartercm.htm
American Flyers Memorial Fund - Administration Webpage
http://www.OklahomaHistory.net/crash66.html
Official American Flyers Memorial Website
http://www.brightok.net/~wwwafm
Ardmore Army Air Field/Ardmore Air Force Base Website
http://www.brightok.net/~gsimmons
Mirror Site of the Ardmore Army Air Field/Ardmore Air Force Website
http://www.OklahomaHistory.net/airbase/
Carter County Government Website
http://cartercountyok.us

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