Artifact of the Week
This newspaper clipping features the Bump family. Five generations of the Bump family were involved in the chair making business. The article tells the history of the family’s involvement in chair making staring with Guy Bump’s grandfather, Wylie Rouse who began the business shortly after the Civil War. This newspaper article is part of the … Continue reading
This photo features the Beaty-Baugh Washer for processing manganese ore. The photo is from around 1917-1919. The Washer was located on the road between Sandtown and Cushman near present day Lee’s Chapel. This image is part of the Powell/Guard Collection at Old Independence Regional Museum.
This bottle was found near Batesville and appears to be a syrup bottle. It is in either the shape of Carrie Nation or a snowman. It has an umbrella and a purse. This item is part of the Bryant Collection at Old Independence Regional Museum.
This simple black line map of unknown origin shows the layout of Batesville in 1841. The map features the Polk Bayou, White River and Miller Creek waterways. Sites noted on the map include Jesse Bean, John Miller, Catalpa Hall, John Ringgold, Ramsey Ferry and Engleside. It also shows the basic street layout of Batesville. This … Continue reading
This photo chronicles the beginning of the Westmoreland Manganese Plant that was located near Cushman. The Manganese industry itself began in 1917 and the back of this photo is labeled “1917-1918.” This image is part of the Powell-Guard Collection at Old Independence Regional Museum.