Zelma and Clyde Nast
This photo of Zelma and Clyde Nast from the McMullin Collection, at Old Independence Regional Museum, appeared in the Batesville Guard newspaper on October 23, 1954.
The caption printed under the photo read: “Women are coming to the front of the “art” of fishing, as witness this 30 lb. catfish caught at Lock 2 Saturday by Mrs. Clyde Nast, left, who was using a spinning rod with a 11-lb test line. Mrs. Nast had to call on her husband to recover the fish after she pulled it to land, and also to help hold it up for the picture. Mr. Nast, by the way, caught an eel on the trip.”
The Sturch Collection at Old Independence Regional Museum includes items that tell the story of Margaret Young McInteer Miller who was born in New York City on November 19, 1908. Her mother took her to the New York Foundling Hospital, saying she was unable to take care of the infant and wished to give her to the Catholic hospital. Before she left, her mother gave her the name “Margaret Young”. Margaret’s mother never again inquired about her welfare.
The photo shows Margaret at age two years and five months old. When Margaret was two years old, a nun took her and other foundling children to board one of the Orphan Trains, heading west. Margaret was wearing the clothes shown in the photo. This clothing is included in the Sturch Collection at the Museum as well as documents and correspondence related to Margaret’s adoption.
The foundling hospital had received a request for a little girl of the age from a couple (Mr. & Mrs. Patrick McInteer) in Enid, Oklahoma. The hospital sent a notice that the child would be arriving by train to the couple. This notice had a number on it that would match with the assigned number of their requested child on the train. (See ribbon with the number 26 on Margaret’s coat.)
Margaret’s adoptive father was a large property owner and he and his wife had no children so Margaret was welcomed with great love. Mr. McInteer died suddenly before the adoption was complete but it was still approved. She grew up in Oklahoma but moved to Arkansas when she married Herman Miller of Newport. She owned a business “Margaret’s Antiques” until her death in 1983.
A medicine bottle “Nash’s Heal=Oil” an antiseptic dressing for cuts, burns, bruises etc… Nash Bros Drug Company – Wholesale Druggist – Jonesboro, Arkansas. The bottle is clear in color with a cork top. Printed on the bottle “Guaranteed by Nash Bros., Drug Co., under Food and Drugs Act, June 30, 1906, Serial No. 49036.” From the Bryant Collection at Old Independence Regional Museum.
Elihu Crisp Edwards
This is a photo of Elihu Crisp Edwards from the Luoma Collection at Old Independence Regional Museum. He was born March 13, 1836 in Hardeman County, Tennessee, and died September 1, 1901 in Newark, Arkansas. He was one of ten children born to Jacob Lezena Edwards and Sarah Boydstun Edwards. The family moved to the Newark area around 1855. E.C was a Civil War Veteran (38th Arkansas Infantry, Co. I). After the war he owned a general store near the Edwards Cemetery, north of Newark, near the Black River. He built one of the first brick houses in the area and was a large landowner prior to his death.
This is one of two photos taken of E.C. as part of his marriage correspondence with Frances Tennessee (Tennie) Hinkle, after the death of his first wife Sarah Elizabeth Barnes. Tennie was from the Melbourne area of Arkansas. E.C. began corresponding with Tennie upon the recommendation of a mutual acquaintance. They agreed to exchange photos and he had two poses made one of him wearing a hat and one without the hat. E.C. sent the photo with the hat and upon seeing the photo, Tennie’s initial reaction was, “I bet he is bald.” Her observation was not too far off the mark. However, his hair condition did not appear to impede the matrimonial discussions as they married on May 25, 1886.
Student identification tags from 1962, issued during the Cuban Missile Crisis
The Barnett Collection at Old Independence Regional Museum includes this set of student identification tags from 1962. The I.D. Tags were issued to Jimmy & Bobby Barnett during the Cuban Missile Crisis when they were attending Batesville Junior High School. The tags were issued by the school and look like military dog tags. Made of a light weight metal they are embossed with information including address and date of birth.