Artifact of the Week — February 7, 2019

John Shackleford Cowdrey house, Yellville, Arkansas

The John Shackleford Cowdrey house was located in Yellville, Arkansas. Cowdrey died in 1928 and his father who was a surgeon in the 144th Arkansas Infantry in the Civil War died in 1866. The family lived on the 1st and 3rd floors of the house and the 2nd floor served as a hospital. This photo is part of the Marion County Historic Genealogical Society Collection at Old Independence Regional Museum.

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Artifact of the Week – January 31, 2019

“Cowboy Griddle”

This item is known as a “cowboy griddle” and was used to make pancakes over an open fire. It opens to allow the batter to be poured in and fastens closed with a hook. The wooden handles are scorched and bear testimony to its use. This object is part of the Wilson Collection at Old Independence Regional Museum.

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Artifact of the Week — January 24, 2019

Cattle buyer inspecting a herd in Cleburne County
Cattle buyer inspecting a herd in Cleburne County

This photo from the 1920s shows a cattle buyer inspecting a herd in Cleburne County. You can see a house and outbuildings in the background. This photo is part of the Bechdoldt Collection at Old Independence Regional Museum.

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Artifact of the Week — January 17, 2019

three booklets from the Ozark Poultry Festival 1970-1972

The Museum houses three booklets from the Ozark Poultry Festival 1970-1972. This festival was held in May of each year and was sponsored by the Batesville Jaycees, Jaycettes, and the Ozark Poultry Federation. The poultry princess pageant was held at the White River stadium. Each booklet includes advertisements from local businesses as well as a schedule of events. These objects are part of the Harelson Collection at Old Independence Regional Museum.

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Artifact of the Week — January 10, 2019

Tiddley Winks game box from the 1940s

This is an empty Tiddley Winks game box from the 1940s. It measures 7×7 and has a colorful picture on the front of a cow and horse holding hooves while skating. The game was created in 1888 and was patented by Milton Bradley in 1901 and as of 2010 was no longer listed as a product of the company. This object is part of the Gray Collection at Old Independence Regional Museum.

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