This and That Newsletter

Vol 12  Issue 602     Circulation 5,000      August 7, 2008

PO Box 11

Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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Toll Free Number in Oklahoma:  580-215-4333

Across the street from the old Ardmore High School at 2nd and North Washington is a vacant building that used to be the Mulkey Hotel.  The Mulkey Hotel has been infamous through the years.  Its the location where in 1972 Sheriff Robert Denney had to shoot a man he and Deputy Bud Hunt were arresting.  The man had grabbed Hunt's gun and was about to shoot him when Denney saw what was happening and in a split second drew his pistol and took the Marietta robbery suspect out.  Back in the 30s this is the same hotel where my uncle, Harry Carmon, went to buy heroin while attending the high school.  Years later Harry Carmon died from complications of his long time addiction that started at the Mulkey Hotel. This is the present day Mulkey Hotel.

Before statehood (1907) the Mulkey School was located about 5 miles north of Dickson, Oklahoma. The school was first known as "Buttermilk School".  The Mulkey Hotel and Mulkey, Oklahoma were named after a well-to-do family by the same name who lived at Mulkey, Oklahoma north of Dickson.

Among the teachers who served the Mulkey School was John T. Spears (also tax assessor), Dee McCoy, Bessie and Birtie McCoy, Lee Hightower, Edna Waters, Madge Walker, Genevieve Jones, and Alvin Barber.  The principal in 1923 was Mrs. Jessie Dunn. Board members were Clyde Hughey, Joe Sanders and A. E. McKee.

Below are the scanned the pages about the Mulkey School from the 1923 Carter County School Journal.

My cuz in Korea, Ralph Leon Ford aka Poss, mentioned the Gibble Gas Station in Davis, Oklahoma back in the 50s when he was a kid growing up there.  I had never heard of Gibble Gas, but when I did a search on google, I found the following photos. Also I found where there is still a Gibble Gas at Drumright, and maybe even Cushing, Oklahoma.  I wonder if we ever had a Gibble Gas in Ardmore?

A friend contacted me this week trying to locate a soldier boy who in April 1966 was stationed at Ft Sill, Oklahoma.  He was sent from Ft Sill with others to help with the April 1966 crash of the American Flyers plane NE of Ardmore.  All that is known is his name and date of birth.  You'd think there would be a military database of some kind online that might lead to this man's whereabouts, at least a starting point.  I did a google search and didn't turn up anything.  If you think you can help find this Army soldier from 1966, send me an email.

Speaking of Ft Sill, in 1858 about 25 miles due west of Ft Sill was Camp Radziminski.  Camp Radziminski was established September 1858 by four troops of the crack 2nd Calvary under Major Earl Van Dorn. Named in memory of Lt. Charles Radziminski, a former member of Regiment E., Kirby Smith, Cornelius Van Camp, Fitzhugh Lee, W. B. Royall all served there. Permanent type buildings were never erected; post abandoned by Army, Dec 6, 1859.  Radziminski was a Polish veteran of an ill-fated revolution against Russia and was self-exiled to the U.S. in the mid 1830s. He served the U.S. Army in the Mexican War and as an engineer in surveying the US-Mexican border afterwards. He was included in Jefferson Davis's (Sec. of War at the time) search for the best possible officers for the Second Cavalry. Radziminski died of TB in 1858, a month or so before the camp was named in his honor. The Second Cavalry also was staffed by many famous men of Civil War times as well as those mentioned above i.e. Albert Sidney Johnston, Robert E. Lee.  - from the book 'Jeff Davis's Own' by James R. Arnold

While we're on Oklahoma camps, I guess everyone has heard of Ft Washita, just east of Madill, Oklahoma.  But  have you heard of Camp Washita?  It was located also along the Washita River, about 25 miles south on down stream from Ft Washita, it's location now under the waters of Lake Texoma.

And while we're talking about the Washita River, Doug Williams sent in a photo he took of the Washita River north of Dickson.  You can tell we have been in a prolonged drought, the water is really green.  Hopefully after Wednesday's rain shower, the drought is broken and the Washita River no longer green.

Doug also sent in an email Tuesday evening to tell about the death of Jake Hollenbeck's son:  "Jake Hollenbeck's adopted son, Joe Wyatt (Shackelford) Hollenbeck, passed away Sunday night at the Carl Albert Indian Hospital at Ada.  He was born in the Chigley mansion at Davis.  His mother was a Chigley and when she died he went and lived with Jake and Juanita Hollenbeck."

Some of you will remember Jake Hollenbeck's Skelly Service Station stood on North Commerce where the Walmart store is located today.  When I first worked for the ambulance service we bought a lot of our gasoline for the ambulances at Jake's and had them serviced on a regular basis at his station.  Jake was a fine man.  Here are a couple pictures Doug Williams sent in of Jake standing in front of his Skelly Station and another of him by his gasoline truck.  Jacob Elmer Hollenbeck 11/04/14 to 10/10/98

In about 1850 after migrating to Indian Territory, the Nelson Chigley family settled in the Davis, Oklahoma area, eventually acquiring nearly 2,000 acres of land. The land would be called Chigley Flat. When the Santa Fe came through in 1887-1888, railway officials made arrangements with Mr. Chigley to survey part of the land into lots, so began the town of Davis. These lots were chained off by government surveyors and sold for $5.00 for a 50 foot lot. Mr. Chigley, a civic minded man, donated four corner lots to be the Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian and Christian denominations, and no doubt, the land on which the Davis city park is located.

Mr. Chigley built a two story house in the east part of Davis in 1891. He hired teachers and boarded Indian children in order that they might have an education. That house still stands today, and is known as the Chigley Mansion.

In June 1999 I received the following email concerning the Chigleys of Davis.

"Hello, I'm looking for anyone with a connection or who knows someone from this family. It begins with Jessie and Mary Hoffman. Jessie came from Texas at the age of 16 and married Mary who may have been the adopted daughter of the wealthy Chickasaw Indian, Nelson Chigley, who built the Chigley mansion in Davis, Oklahoma which is now a B&B. They had a number of children."

Two or three weeks ago I had a picture of what was thought to be a bell.  The bell is located in Ardmore.  A Reader wrote in and solved the mystery.  It is not a bell at all, but a 'horn' used in a park somewhere by kids to talk through, to another 'horn' just like it in the park.  Kinda like we did as kids, talking through 2 tin cans with a string attaching the cans together. When I tried that I couldn't hear anything, but then I think you have to have the string pulled pretty tight.  Someone has placed a ball inside the tube, making it resemble a bell.   Oh well, I got an adrenalin rush for a minute.  lol

There are a lot of free ways to print address labels.  MS Word can even print them from within that program.  I stumbled across a website that lets you print your  return address labels with ease, right from your computer and its free too. All you need is blank sheets of labels in your printer.  Choose colors, fonts, borders, images, you can even upload your own image before printing.  And of course if you just want to print labels, not address labels per say, that can be done too, just enter your wording and print!

Visit the Oklahoma History Boards, start a topic if you want too!

Q.  The first villages seen by the Spanish explorers belonged to what people?
A.  The Plains Apaches

Q.  In 1892 a coal mine explosion occurred in what town?
A.  (answer in next weeks T&T)

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

"Butch, I thought you and some of the faithful readers might be interested in an area artist (Now living in Texas). Mary Redman Emerson is fast becoming a very popular artist. She is married to Dean Emerson of Wilson and she is from the Ada area, graduating from East Central and is a PHD. Go to Mary's web and visit her. Just google her at Mary Emerson Artist and you can view all of her accomplishments."  -Ken Kemp
"Hey Butch and all others, here is a old barn with advertising on the side in Sapulpa, Oklahoma and the statue of a firefighter is carved out of a tree and is in Bristow, Oklahoma on Route 66."  -Doug

"Dear Butch, I enjoyed your information on Rexroat.  Back in the 50's we Healdton Bulldogs knew them as rivals and eventually some as schoolmates after consolidation.  They added a lot to HHS. Interesting, while being an educator for 35 years, I attended an educational conference in Phoenix, AZ.  The guest speaker, who gave a great, motivational education oration, was the one time State of Arizona Superintendent of Schools.  She was a Rexroat!  Possibly her dad was U.T. Rexroat, I am not sure, but that year 1990 approximately would have been right in my guesstamation of her age.  I enjoyed getting to know her and wish that I had better records as I do not remember her first name. She too was a fine representative of Oklahoma's Carter County."  -John Welcher in Bayfield Colorado
"Butch, you may already have this information on how each county in Oklahoma was named but thought I would send it in case."  -Mike Pennington
"Groceries in the 1930s -- Suddenly I remembered Newman & Boucher's grocery store on the NW corner 3rd Ave NE & Caddo in Ardmore. Probably the biggest grocery in town before Safeway opened up on D & Broadway in mid-30s.

I didn't find Newman-Boucher in your list.

My grandfather, HC Ledbetter (Ledbetter-Jones Insurance) had them as a client and we would now and then stop in to buy a little something or to pay the bill. When a bill was paid, they would give me a candy bar.

Further South on Caddo, between Broadway & Main, on the East side, the "Farmer's Market" of the time where farmers brought in their produce to sell. Small cantaloupes, 2 for a nickel, big ones and little watermelons the size of a bowling ball (we called them knots) were a dime.

Grocery stores then didn't handle much that was perishable and most everything that wasn't dried, canned or packaged was seasonal. Safeway was probably the first here to open what we later came to call a supermarket. I recall shopping there Saturday nights when my mother bought three big sacks of stuff and complained bitterly on the way home that it cost $6. That was for my parents, grandparents, my sister and me. We lived together where I was born, the address where I live today.

Safeway would bring in shrimps from the Gulf, in barrels of ice. We bought and cut them up for fish bait, big shrimps the size of a chicken drumstick. Lake Murray had come into being and we would go out and camp overnite and run our trot lines baited with shrimp. I recall people looking at shrimp and saying, "Can you imagine, people actually EAT these things?"

Times have changed.

Bread was ten cents a loaf and 'day-old' was a nickel at the bakery. Milk was furnished by several small dairies that delivered daily to your door, as was ice till we got a refrigerator. My aunt came down with typhoid, blamed on milk, which converted our family to pasteurized milk by Colvert's or Tom Cooper's.

As I said, times have changed."   -R.H. McCrory

"Hey Joh in Sulphur, I have noticed the decline in those beautiful butterflies, too. I just love to watch them darting from flower to flower or chasing each other across the grass. Unusually long stretches of rainy weather will reduce the population of butterflies in a roosting group, because cool temperatures hinder their mobility and therefore their ability to escape from predators. Butterflies need good flying weather. This year's unusually rainy season has grounded them. Thunder storms with gusty winds and large raindrops will have them darting into protective vegetation or scrambling under leaves (their night time shelter). Heavy winds and raindrops poses a direct threat to them. It can cause injury or death. The cool air associated with storms also reduce temperatures below the thermal threshold for their flight. When the skies darken, butterflies seek shelter in their night time homes. If you have been experiencing rain like we have that could be the reason. Of course I am not an expert, but gathered that little knowledge from what I have read about them."  -Leona M. Mars, Goldsby, Oklahoma
"Joh in Sulphur, mentioned that there were no butterflies this summer.  I have noticed that there are none here in Ardmore where I am.  Last year, there were no bumblebees, but this summer we have a few.  Has anyone else noticed this?  Is this just a local condition?"  -Pete in Ardmore
"Dear Butch and Jill, enjoyed the quote by George Washington Carver. We have visited the Tuskegee, Institute, in Alabama. There is a museum featuring George Washington Carver and the home of Booker T. Washington is on tour, which the students built along with the other buildings. It is a very picturesque setting. Well worth the time and effort to visit. It is not commercially advertised, a little jewel sitting there. In Grade School at Washington Elementary in Ardmore, I remember studying about Carver quite vividly in about 3rd grade maybe with Mrs. Rippotoe. When we began to make the trip from Baton Rouge, to Atlanta, we have stopped there. It is a small college and I have heard they take only the best students and it is not easy to get in."
"Corn field east of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma." -Doug

Rain in Summer by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807-1882

How beautiful is the rain!
After the dust and heat,
In the broad and fiery street,
In the narrow lane,
How beautiful is the rain!

How it clatters along the roofs,
Like the tramp of hoofs
How it gushes and struggles out
From the throat of the overflowing spout!

Across the window-pane
It pours and pours;
And swift and wide,
With a muddy tide,
Like a river down the gutter roars
The rain, the welcome rain!

See everyone next week!

Butch and Jill Bridges
Nashobish Ikana
PO Box 11
Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

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Oklahoma Bells:
American Flyers Memorial Fund - Administration Webpage
Official American Flyers Memorial Website
Ardmore Army Air Field/Ardmore Air Force Base Website
Mirror Site of the Ardmore Army Air Field/Ardmore Air Force Website
Carter county schools, past and present
Carter County Government Website

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