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Vol 14  Issue 706      Circulation 5,000       August 5, 2010

PO Box 11

Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402

email address:  butchbridges@oklahomahistory.net

580-657-8616


 

From the Indian Territory and Carter County Pioneers book - 1983:

A.A. Brooks, T.M. Jones, G.M. Ladd, T.J. Smith, John Hopman, N.C. Thomas and D.B. Shepherd were farmers in Chickasha in 1899

William N. Taliaferro came to Pickens county in 1886 and farmed 600 acres, later to become Madill.

Robert L. Murry came into Indian Territory in 1857 and settled 4 miles north of Colbert in Panola County. He married Louie Collins, Chickasaw, daughter of Dan Collins.  He was sheriff of Panola County, served in the Chickasaw Senate, and later became a U.S. Indian Policeman.

C.W. Tillerson moved in near Marlow, Pickens County, in 1890 and farmed.

J.L. Jordan came to the area later to become Ardmore in 1872, but moved to 8 miles southeast of Marietta.  In 1893 he married Mollie Love, daughter of Overton Love.  He was a city recorder and permit collector in the Chickasaw Nation.

Smith Paul, T.F. Waite, George Gardner and T.A. McClure settled on ranches near Pauls Valley.

The Muncriefs settled at Old Beef Creek.

J.C. Worley established his home at Whitebead.

Jim Colbert and Joe Camp settled in the Florence community.

James Gardner and John Walner settled in what became Wynnewood.

Emmit McCaughey, livestock owner born in Mississippi, and Jerry Carson, born at Fort Gibson on April 15, 1846, settled at Fort Arbuckle, then Erin Springs, Jerry Carson's father, Lindy Carson, was a brother of Kit Carson, the famous Indian fighter.

We have about 3 places out front by the road that are pretty much bare of grass, and I was having a hard time getting something to grow there.  I went to Washita Sod north of Dickson, Oklahoma (at Baum, OK) and picked up a half pallet of Bermuda grass.  Its doing fine, but I sure have to keep it wet during the evenings in this hot weather.

This customer was ahead of me picking up a pallet of Bermuda grass in his pickup.

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Here the crew is cutting up my 1/2 pallet of grass.

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This is a close-up of the blade cutting the grass and sending it up the belt to the 'stackers'.

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A couple of pics and overview of the irrigation system. Zac told me they have 2 pumps at the Washita river about a mile north of the pictures.  One is about 135 HP and the other 110 HP. The larger pumps the river water into a pond on the property where the smaller one pumps it out to the irrigation system.

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Washita Valley sign at the highway, about 5 miles north of Dickson, north of the Washita River.

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I snapped this pic of my 1/2 pallet of Bermuda grass in the back of my old pickup.

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We have spoke about Dr Leonard Hock at Madill in past issues of T&T.  His brother, Joe Hock, sent in some photos of Dr. Hock.  This first one pertains to Dr. Hock and his Central High School and University of Oklahoma Alumni.

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Dr. Hock bought this submarine and painted it yellow and used it as a landmark so patients could find hid Medical Office. Leonard was the Doctor and Margaret was the RN. Dr. Hock used the Hospitals in Ardmore, Madill, Durant, Sherman Texas and McKinney Texas.  He was on the Kingston School Board for about 15 years and brought hundreds  into the world at their birth. At times he saw as many as 80 patients a day and many from the State Lodge at the Lake Texoma.  Dr. Leonard Hock built this Doctor's Office with the Yellow Submarine in Kingston, Oklahoma. Here is an aerial view of his office and surrounding area.  The Methodist Camp on the lake called Cross Point would use Dr. Hock's  services  when  someone was injured.

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Dr. Leonard Hock & Margaret Brown Hock Leonard's Purple Heart and Margaret's Bronze Star
Both were from Central High School and Oklahoma University.

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Poor Girls cafe has long been a popular spot to eat in Sulphur.  They just opened up a second place on the east side of Davis south side of the highway.  We stopped a couple weeks ago and got a hamburger.  Just like the ones they cook at Sulphur, delicious.

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Jill and I were over at Tishomingo a couple weeks ago, here are some pics I took. This first one is Pennington Creek running through town, and the park just south of Main street, called Pennington Park.  Really a nice park, picnic tables, cook stoves and all.

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With the dry, hot weather, there is plenty of dust for our chickens to take dust baths. Here is one of the Speckled Sussex hens taking her daily dust bath.

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Speaking of our 9 hens (5 Speckled Sussex and 4 Barred Rocks) are back to their pecking order game.  They have pick out this one Speckled hen and almost have all her tail feather plucked out.  She looks so funny.  I have named her Two Feathers.  lol

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Today I received a letter in the mail from Wilson, Oklahoma with no postage on it.  You won't see that happen very often. Usually the computer catches it and its stamped "Postage Due" when the addressee get its.

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Q.   What was the name of Wiley Post's airplane?
A.    The Winnie Mae

Q.   Who developed the Cherokee written language?
A.   (answer in next week's issue)

Gas prices today in the Ardmore area......

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

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

I have registered to ride in the 90 mile LIVESTRONG CHALLENGE Bicycle Ride in Austin, TX on October 24, 2010. This is by far the most ambitious bike ride I will attempt in all my years of being a bicycle enthusiast however, it is for a great cause. It a fundraiser for 7 time Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong's LIVESTRONG which supports Cancer research and funds resources for current cancer patients.

Each rider must raise a minimum of $250 to participate. You can donate directly online at my LIVESTRONG participant webpage listed below. If you like, you can also download the form from my page and mail in a check attached to the form so it will be credited to my fundraising. Just include my name and Participant ID in the Memo section.

Seattle raised $1 Million dollars collectively. Let's show them how its done in the south by exceeding that. I appreciate your support and I pray each and everyone of you never have to face this battle.

-Bryan Pullen in Davis, OK

LiveStrong.org Donate Page


"I'M SURE YOU'LL HEAR A LOT ABOUT DORIS DUSTIN WHO WAS OUR P.E. TEACHER FOR THE GIRLS IN ARDMORE.  I THINK SHE TAUGHT BOTH HIGH SCHOOL AND JUNIOR HIGH P.E.  HER " CIRCUSES" WERE A BIG DEAL EVERY SPRING AND WERE HELD IN THE CIVIC AUDITORIUM TO ACCOMMODATE THE LARGE CROWDS OF PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, AND FRIENDS.  IT WAS EXHAUSTING PRACTICING OUR ROUTINES UNTIL DARK PLUS THE DRESS REHEARSAL, BUT WE WERE ALL PROUD TO BE A PART OF IT.  SHE WAS A GREAT TEACHER AND ALLOWED NO FOOLISHNESS BUT WAS ALWAYS FAIR TO EVERYONE."   R.
HELMS, CLASS OF '55

"Interesting photo taken in Sulphur a long time ago! Sulphur has a very interesting history and an active historical society and museum. I think some of us who are younger than 80 need to start learning about the history and taking advantage of the Arbuckle Historical Society. The people in their 80's know a lot. How much do we know? Arbuckle Historical Society has meetings at 7:00 p.m. at the museum on the 3rd. Monday of every month in Sulphur; program and refreshments first with the option of staying for the business meeting that follows. The comment I usually get is -- "Museum? What museum?" It's on East Muskogee across from the First Christian Church and is open in the afternoons on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. OK local folks, I've issued the challenge. See you at the museum in Sulphur!" -Mary Lou

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"Butch, All those comments about Cedarvale, Blue Hole, skating rink, etc, etc, made me homesick. The "rope drops" into the creek were located just south of the Baptist Retreat. The summer of 1943, my parents operated a souvenir shop just below the horse shoe curve with a sign outside it reading "Bar C Ranch," and my dad cooked at the Cedarvale Restaurant. Daily I got free rides in the nearby hills on the burros that the owner rented for something like one dollar per one hour ride. (Sigh!)"  -Donald Bridges
Abandoned and little known airfields in central Oklahoma.

http://www.airfields-freeman.com/OK/Airfields_OK_C.htm


"something killed one of my lambs.. ate half of it.... big cat tracks... I now have the animals behind steel top and sides with game cameras." -Jimmy Dale Martin, South Canadian River
"The Arbuckle Historical Society Museum has just recently received a refurbished Coke table and four chairs which were used at the City Drug Store in Sulphur, OK during the 1950's! We need some coke artifacts to decorate the area on and above the table.

If anyone has any items to donate (or sell at a reasonable price), please contact me at ursm_17848@yahoo.com   (In the Subject space, be sure to use COKE PRODUCTS, otherwise your email will not be opened.) Thanks."  -C. Roland Earsom

The Daily Ardmoreite - June 27, 1919

Consumers Erecting Smokestack 180 Feet High, Concrete-Built

What will prove to be a landmark in the vicinity of Ardmore for many years to come is being erected at present at the plant of the Consumers Light & Power Co. in the form of a concrete cyclone-proof smokestack. This is designed to replace the five steel smokestacks which were destroyed at this company's plant during the severe windstorm last April, and which themselves have been a landmark in the city for the past generation.
The new smoke-stack will be 180 feet high, 15 feet in diameter, at the base and 10 1/2 feet at the top. The stack is designed to furnish draft to the extent of 3,000 boiler horsepower. It will be built of reinforced concrete throughout and will be visible for many miles. It has been designed to withstand a wind of 100 miles an hour.
The stack is being erected by the Heine Chimney Co., of Chicago, who began work on the structure a week ago. They already have completed the foundations and about 25 feet of the stack walls and expect to have the work completed in thirty days. The Consumers Company is making every effort to have the work rushed to completion as the reserve boiler capacity has been cut down to a large extent by the destruction of the old smokestacks.


Angels Amongs Us - Alabama 1993

Oh I believe there are angels among us
Sent down to us from somewhere up above
They come to you and me in our darkest hours
To show us how to live
To teach us how to give
To guide us with a light of love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WENJbSPSmqg

See everyone next week!

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

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