Artifact of the Week
This cast iron sewing machine is part of the Cook/Morrow Collection at Old Independence Regional Museum. The brand called “Baby” was last patented March 27, 1894. This toy was used by V.Y. Cook’s young daughters in the 1890s.
This leather receipt book was made in 1867. When donated it contained three stamps inside: 50 cents, $1 Entry for goods, and $5 Charter Party (all Internal Revenue). It also has a small flat knife that might have been used as a letter opener. Written on a paper inside “Draft in favor of E.R. McGuire … Continue reading
A 6 oz. Nu Grape drink bottle that was bottled in Batesville, Arkansas is part of the Bryant Collection at Old Independence Regional Museum. The bottle was found in the Batesville area by the Bryant’s who were avid bottle collectors. The bottle was patented on March 9, 1920. It has a greenish tint and appears … Continue reading
This photo shows the devastation to the Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church after a tornado in March of 1904. You can see people standing in the rubble. This photo is part of the Smith Collection at Old Independence Regional Museum.
J.A. “Andy” Pate was born in 1866 in Jamestown, Arkansas. He got his pilot’s license in 1896 and went to Alaska in 1898. He served as a boat captain in the Alaskan rivers, the Bering Sea, and the Arctic Ocean for six winters and nine summers. For four winters he carried the mail by … Continue reading