Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fruit Picking Pail - Object of the Week

John S. Barnett of Central Point, OR patented this fruit pail design in December 1910 [1]. A 1916 advertisement for the "Barnett Fruit Picking Pail" claimed "No Bruised Fruit if you use the Famous Barnett Pan," due to its canvas-lined bottom inside the galvanized iron pail [2]. Northwest Fence and Iron Works of Portland, OR sold them for $1.50 each [3]. How does this compare with fruit picking systems today?

Fruit Picking Pail, c. 1915
Galvanized iron, canvas
Donated by C. B. Corby

[1] John S. Barnett, "Fruit Pickers Receptacle," US Patent 978,429. Filed February 16, 1910, and issued December 13, 1910. Google Patents, http://www.google.com/patents?id=1a9OAAAAEBAJ&printsec=abstract&zoom=4#v=onepage&q&f=false, accessed August 30, 2011.
[2] "Barnett Fruit Picking" in Better Fruit XI, no. 3 (September 1916), 30. http://www.archive.org/stream/betterfruit11wash/betterfruit11wash_djvu.txt, accessed August 30, 2011.
[3] Ibid.

Advertisement from The Oregon Grower 3-5 (1921). http://books.google.com/books?id=HclNAAAAYAAJ, accessed August 30, 2011.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Object of the Week!

Would you decorate with hair? The Holland family did in the late 1800s - Mrs. Mary Holland and her daughter Mary Lorina Hall collected hair from every family member to use in this wreath. Curled into many recognizable forms, the hair takes the shape of flowers and plants.

Hair wreath
Hair, wire

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Object of the Week

Talk about conspicuous consumption! With feet allowing this dinner bell to rest on the table, those using it wouldn't even have to lift it. Simply and daintily tap the rod, and the bell would chime, summoning servants to the table. Representing Victorian excessiveness and a desire to display wealth, this dinner bell is one of many objects created for a single and specific use. Etched with the initials "M. L. R.", its original owner was Mary Louis Ross, rumored to be the first white girl born in Jacksonville.

Dinner bell, c. 1880
Manufactured by Reed and Barton of Taunton, MA
Donated by Harold Heldreth

Monday, August 15, 2011

Lake Creek Community Forum, September 20th, 5:30pm

SOHS invites you to participate in a Community Forum during the Community Potluck at the Lake Creek Historical Society on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.

What do you feel are the most pressing and preoccupying changes that Lake Creek faces today? How far back into the community's roots do these issues reach? Join your neighbors and SOHS for a public forum and workshop to explore these changes. The results of this discussion will form the basis of a community exhibit designed by and for the people of Lake Creek! History: Made by You is a program developed by SOHS designed to involve the community in traveling exhibits. Come be part of the fun while sharing your insights and exchanging ideas. Don't forget to bring a dish!

This stimulating workshop will begin with an engaging discussion of current concerns to identify relevant exhibit topics. Experienced exhibit planner, Alice Parman, will lead the group through the process of discovering the history behind the issues and identifying community resources that can help develop a meaningful exhibit.

While this forum will focus on topics relating to Lake Creek, everyone is welcome to attend!

When: Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Lake Creek Historical Society at 1739 S. Fork Little Butte Creek Road, Eagle Point, OR 97524

This program was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH's grant program.

For more information, please contact Amy Drake at amy@sohs.org or (541) 858-1724.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Object of the Week!

We're starting a new feature on our blog! Each week we'll feature an object from our collection and a short description. Let us know what you think!


This miniature kayak, with its narrow, wooden frame, must have been designed to glide gracefully and quickly through the water. But unlike the traditional double-bladed kayak paddle, this orange oar only has one blade! One of the defining features between a kayak and a canoe is the number of blades on the oar, so why do you think this model would have a paddle with only one blade?

Miniature Kayak
Skin and wood
Donated by Judge and Mrs. Herbert Hanna