In last week's newsletter I mentioned the Allen Speake memorial granite in the front lobby of the courthouse
getting a facelift, white letters to make it much more readable.
In this issue I want to show you the
remarkable before and after picture of the granite plaque in the lobby in which
the inscription is in Latin by the
Roman poet Virgil
HAE TIBI ERUNT ARTES
PACISQUE INPONERE MOREM
ET DEBELLARE SUPERBOS
These will be your talents:
to impose law and order in peace,
to spare the conquered,
and to war down the arrogant.
A T&T Reader sent in a business card Frank Powers
who was a reserve deputy sheriff in Love County years ago. Mr. Powers title at the
sheriffs office was Captain L.C.R.T. I did a google search for L.C.R.T. and
didn't find anything. Anyone know what those initials stand for?
This is a Oklahoma tag for the year
Photo of a 1925 Boy Scout camp
located at Ardmore.
In June 2003 I planted a small
empress tree in front of the house my grandfather, Stanley Carmon, built around 1970
at 224 E Street SW in Ardmore. The Empress Tree is the fastest growing tree in
the world. In 14 months it grew to 14 feet high. Amazing.
Nearly 12 years later it's much
taller than the house. Below is a picture I took this week.
Last fall 15 people made donations to
make possible a granite memorial for Healdton police
officer James Hutchison
who died from a gunshot wound as a Healdton police officer in 1930. This week I
turned in to Wilson Monuments in Lone Grove what I call my "rough draft" of how
I think the memorial should be sandblasted. Now that winter is over and warmer
weather is here, I we can get the memorial in place at Healdton very soon.
This is a photo of the 36" X 36" X
8"thick granite memorial ready to sandblast.
I pulled my belt up another notch
this week. Me and many others have been have good results in weight loss using
TruVision. If anyone wants to try it
give me a holler. "I'll meet you at the
Walmart mailbox!" Join us and check
it all out at the link below.
With the hot days just around the
corner, my OKie Power Saver will help keep my electric bill as low
as possible when I crank up the air conditioning this summer. I'm ready to combat that sky high electric bill. I
have created a webpage to tell more about the OKie Power Saver at the link
below. You really have nothing to lose except a high electric bill to try the
power saver. I am guaranteeing the unit to save you money or your money back.
Give me a holler for more information.
Amazing tour of the space station.
Q. Where was Cedar County,
Cedar County was part of the Choctaw Nation before Oklahoma became a state
in 1907. It included present day Pushmataha and McCurtain counties.
Q. A relatively young city
for Oklahoma, this town was incorporated as a city in 1912. The initial
beginning of the town was a tent housing orphaned children. The town itself lies
in a hilly area in northeast Oklahoma. Can you name this city?
A. (answer in next week's T&T)
From This and That
newsletter archives of April 24, 1999:
The Carter County Court Clerks Office is all
smiles this week. They received new computers from the State Supreme Court in
Oklahoma City. The 350mz Gateway computers with Windows NT will make way soon
for image scanning. It's going to be nice to pull up the actual legal document
that's attached to a record, and even print that document out! Plus the new
computers have made internet access possible to all the employees including
email capabilities within the state-wide court system as more courthouses come
online. Right now there are ten courthouses in Oklahoma online with more being
added each month.
"If memory serves correctly, Queen of
Three Valleys is named after the valleys formed by the three river bottoms, in
the Durant, OK area: Red River, Washita River and Blue River. The book cover
shows these three rivers"
"Could you or someone help me with this
picture? This is the Electrical Line Crew in Ardmore Oklahoma, for Oklahoma Gas
& Electric Company. The year I don't know and the only person is #1 kneeling:
JOSEPH ELMER FRANKLIN (my father-in-law). I understand he was lineman and truck
driver for this group. Any information on others, and date of picture would be
greatly appreciated. Thank You n' God Bless." Charline Franklin, 431 Thunderbird
Pt. Pittsburg, TX 75686 email@example.com
I was in Gainesville, Texas this week and
noticed the Cooke County Courthouse is getting a face lift. The $210,000 project
will bring the north and south sides of the courthouse back to its original
Gas prices today in the Ardmore
Non-ethanol gas (pure gas) stations
in the Ardmore area.
Some mail from this week's MAILBAG.....
"I grew up in Greensburg, Kentucky (1950 - 1962). At one time,
we rented a big old house with a room in the attic. In the attic was some items.
I found this note from Oleta Littleheart and because I was fascinated with
Indians, I kept it. There were other things in the attic that I didn't bother
and after we moved, the house was emptied of all the loose items and remodeled.
What a shame. But, I am so glad I kept this note. I do not know what to do with
it. It is very fragile but if there is a museum that would like to have it, I
would like to see that the note goes to proper hands." -Dixie Rutledge
Note: Dixie has donated the original flyer and letter she
found in the attic years ago to the Arbuckle Historical Society of Murray
County, OK museum in Sulphur, Oklahoma.
"Congratulations to all 1955 Ardmore High School grads who are
celebrating our 60th year reunion this weekend. Sadly some are no longer with us
and some couldn't be here except in spirit. We may need to have another in two
years when we all turn 80!" -R. Helms
Butch, There was a Hamburger Inn in El Reno also.
Ross Davis owned and operated the Hamburger Inn on Route 66 in
Downtown El Reno. Davis began making fried onion hamburgers in the twenties
during the depression. Since onions were cheap and meat was expensive, Davis
would add a half shredded onion atop a five cent meat patty and smash the burger
with the back of his spatula. It made the burger look bigger, while adding a
tremendous amount of flavor.
As I look back over the years and see
how some of this country's famous entertainers have butchered the National
Anthem when they performed at national events, I am ashamed of their performance
of something so sacred. But there is an entertainer from Oklahoma Americans can
be proud of the past 40 years. Thank you
"I had lots of breaks. I guess the
one that got my foot in the door was singing the National Anthem at the National
Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City in '74." -Reba McEntire
See everyone next
Butch and Jill Bridges
PO Box 11
Ardmore, Oklahoma 73402