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Artifact of the Week — March 11, 2021

Four carpenter augers for use with wood, mounted on board and covered with burlap. Largest auger 14″ x 17″, smallest 13″ no handle. Measurement of entire board: 18 1/2 x 26 1/2.  Owned by James S. Smith, suveyor for Independence County 1869-1872.   Burge/Deere collection

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Artifact of the Week — March 4, 2021

On March 4, 2021 we celebrate National Pancake Day!   In Batesville, the word “pancakes” may bring to mind the well-established Kiwanis Club Pancake Day.  The following excerpt is from an article by Dr. O.E. Jones in The Batesville Daily Guard on October 8, 1971: “In July the Board of Directors of the Batesville Kiwanis club … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — February 18, 2021

Children at Central School PTA and Halloween, 1968, Batesville. They are shown eating and drinking bottled Coca Cola.  Both white and black children at dining tables. (OIRM Estate of John Purtle collection)

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Artifact of the Week — February 11, 2021

Wedding  photo of Samuel T. Finley and Bessie Gravelly.  They were married in the Lafferty Methodist Episcopal Church in Batesville on Dec. 28, 1904, in full wedding dress.  The minister was William H. Morris. (For the Gravelly family history in Izard County, see Independence County Chronicle and the Finley family file in the museum’s surname … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — February 3, 2021

Finley family home on Rock Street in Batesville with family in front, taken about 1922. Chickens are in the yard with a small barn in back.   L to R: Frank Denton Finley (died as young man), Charlie Richard Finley, Carl Leviticus Finley, Gravelly Eugene Finley, Samuel Tisby Finley, Jr., Bessie Gravelly Finley holding Effie Magnolia … Continue reading »

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