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Lockridge Files
Contributed by Mary Ellen

In extreme southwestern corner of Logan County. A post office from November 7, 1903 to November 30 1928.
The name is a coined word, referring to a ridge at the corner of the four counties, Logan, Oklahoma, Canadian,
and Kingfisher.  The Lockridge Newspaper was located in Oklahoma County.  

Lockridge Cemetery

Information Extracted From The
Daily Oklahoman, June 6, 1999
By Judy Kuhlman, Staff Writer
Intersection Holds Memories Of Passed-Away Town's Past
Interviewed: Mabel Cline, Helen Lenhart and Ron Sparks.
Lockridge exists only in the memories of those who shared the joys and heartaches of the close-knit community that took its name from the four counties whose borders meet near the old townsite. Lockridge's name was derived from the first letter of each of the four counties whose boundaries meet on a ridge.
Homesteaders started the town in 1889, shortly after the Land Run. Mack MASON donated some land from his homestead for the town. The town's founders didn't think the intersection was such a good spot for a town. So, the town was planted on the prairie down the road.
One of the town's founders was John LENHART, John and his father built a store near the railroad in 1889.
In its heyday in the early 1900's Lockridge had five general stores, a drugstore, a hardware store, two saloons, a train depot, two grain elevators, a cotton gin, a creamery, a post office, a service station and garage, and a telephone company.
In 1922, the St. Louis, El Reno and Western Railroad asked to discontinue the rail that had brought the little town to life. The rails stayed, however, and a gasoline powered engine known as a "doodle bug" carried the mail from Guthrie to Lockridge. In 1925, the tracks taken up, several smaller businesses continued to operate in the town in the 1930's


These five children are buried in Lockridge Cemetery in unmarked graves. It is told that the father, Tom Lynch dug the graves himself and never got over the loss of these children. He died four years later on December 7, 1903 and is also buried in Lockridge Cemetery.

The Edmond Sun-Democrat April 28, 1899
P. 2, Col. 2
Vol. Title: Edmond Sun-Democrat, 1899

FIVE CHILDREN DIE
Sorrowful Affliction in the Family of  Thomas Lynch
In a country cemetery eight miles west of Edmond are five newly made graves, and there sleep five children of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lynch, all of them having died in the space of three weeks-Charlie, aged 16; Nellie, aged 12; Alice, aged 3; Lucy, aged 4, and an infant aged 10 months. They all had measles, followed by pneumonia, and in addition to the great sorrow following death after death, there are four other children sick and their lives almost despaired of. Charles was the last of the five to die; and he retained his faculties, while life lingered. He made an oral will, bequeathing to his brothers and sisters his pony, saddle, hog, dog and a small sum of money he had saved up. The calmness and deliberation with which the boy made his bequest rendered it all the more pathetic. The bereft parents have the heartfelt sympathy of all who know them.


Lockridge News

1902

MURPHY - HOGAN Wedding
What was probably the largest wedding held in this neighborhood occurred Monday. The wedding ceremony was in the morning, Father Van Deraa officiating; but the wedding dinner was at the home of the bride"s parents on Deer Creek. The guests numbered many over a hundred, and it was from noon until after five o'clock before everyone had eaten dinner. As it was then near supper time the table was continued until after nine o'clock. There was plenty to eat, and more; still a 35 pound beef roast, three large turkeys, innumerable chickens and other things to eat looked as if someone had been hungry.

The bride was Miss Ella Murphy, daughter of M.D. Murphy, the prosperous Deer Creek farmer and stockman. She was nineteen years old the day after her marriage and has been known as one of the brightest girls and handsomest young ladies on Deer Creek.

The groom was Dan Hogan, the eldest son of J.V. Hogan, one of  the best known farmers in the county. The groom is a stately appearing industrious young man and the congratulations of the community are with the newly married couple.
Mr. Hogan staked a claim in the new country and they will take a bridal tour overland to their new home next week.

The bride's maid and best man at the wedding were Miss Mamie Hagan and William Murphy.


1923

BERESFORD
William Beresford, born Jan. 6, 1845, in Waterford county, Ireland, a worth son of old Erin, died Oct. 24, 1923, changing the Misery of this earthly life for the Glory and happiness of the just In the life to come.
He was united in marriage Oct. 16, 1888, to Catherine Elizabeth Hogan at Sheldon, MO. To this union three children were born, the oldest having died in infancy.
He leaves two daughters to mourn him, the Misses Mary and Kathleen Beresford, whose numerous friends join then in the sorrow that has come to them.
The funeral was held in St. Patrick's church, Lockridge, Okla. In his last moments he could say with the great Apostle:
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; as to the rest, their is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord, the just Judge, will render to me in the last day." 2 Tim. 4-7, 8

Card of Thanks
We wish to thank our many friends for their kind assistance through the last illness and death of our beloved father, also for the floral offerings.
Mary and Kathleen Beresford.


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