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Artifact of the Week — February 7, 2019

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 … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week – January 31, 2019

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 … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — January 24, 2019

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 10, 2019

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 … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — January 3, 2019

This photo from 1912 shows the Batesville Moose Band. Left to Right: Shelley Jarret, Noley Kinman, “Brick” Jordan, Arthur Jordan, Bill “Ducks” Landers, unknown, unknown, Chas Mosby, Marion Jordan, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, Bob Mosby, Carl McMillan and unknown. The band is dressed as cowboys or Indians and are holding musical instruments. This photo is … Continue reading »

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