Artifact of the Week — May 13, 2021

commemorative plate, circa 1970s
commemorative plate, circa 1970s

This commemorative plate, circa 1970s, is 10″, cream colored with a gold border.  The drawing on front of the plate is reddish-brown.  On the back of the plate is a description of the drawing.  The plate was produced by World Wide Art Studios of Covington, Tennessee.

 “First Presbyterian Church, Batesville, Arkansas, Organized May 12, 1842” 

The original house of worship was erected in 1849 on what is now Fourth and Main Streets at a cost of $2,500.  The building was 36′ by 60′. (OIRM, Independence County Historical Society collection)

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Artifact of the Week — May 6, 2021

Nurses Alma Engler and Hester Gray
Nurses Alma Engler and Hester Gray

Photo 1: Nurses Alma Engler and Hester Gray. Date unknown (Dr. Wesley J. Ketz collection)

Nurses “Shorty” and Merle Suiberth

Photo 2: Nurses “Shorty” and Merle Suiberth, probably taken late 40s to 50s. (Dr. Wesley J. Ketz collection)   

Glendolyn Tichnor and Minnie Scott
Glendolyn Tichnor and Minnie Scott

Photo 3: Glendolyn Tichnor and Minnie Scott in nurse uniform, in front of log home.  July 1942. (Jarvis, Shirley collection)

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Artifact of the Week — April 29, 2021

A boy and girl dual puppet
A boy and girl dual puppet

A boy and girl dual puppet, dressed in Swiss costume with jointed legs and with their arms joined together. The girl wears a crepe paper skirt. Wires indicate they were meant to jiggle-dance. A wire suspends them. Puppets are made of wood and a type of mache. Probably played with in the Williams family pre-1900.  (Williams, Frances collection)

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Artifact of the Week — April 22, 2021

Picnics are timeless events as you can tell by these Guion photos taken decades apart.  (OIRM Sellers, Joan collection)

Easter Picnic by the River at Guion, circa 1910 near Lock III. Note on the back of photo says "went on a barge."
Easter Picnic by the River at Guion, circa 1910 near Lock III

Photo 1:  Easter Picnic by the River at Guion, circa 1910 near Lock III.  Note on the back of photo says “went on a barge.” 

Group photo of Guion Church Picnic, 1973
Group photo of Guion Church Picnic, 1973

Photo 2:  Group photo of Guion Church Picnic, 1973 

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Artifact of the Week — April 15, 2021

Today is April 15th, which means it is national tax day! Even our forefathers bore this responsibility. Check out these images from the Independence County tax record in 1848. OIRM houses some of the county’s earliest records which are stored safely in our vault but are accessible to the public.

Apr 15 Tax book full page
Apr 15 Tax book full page
Apr 15 Tax book left side
Apr 15 Tax book left side
Apr 15 Tax book headings
Apr 15 Tax book headings
Apr 15 Tax book names
Apr 15 Tax book names
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