Thursday, November 6, 2008

Greenville, Ohio --Continued!

The Garst Museum is several museums under one roof plus a geneology library.

The Lowell Thomas Birthplace was closed the day we were there.

Lower Floor is filled with a variety of items used in the past. It includes a display of sewing machines made over the last 200 years, early laundry equipment, a surrey with a fringe on top, farm equipment, and the "Iddings Special. This car was built in Greenville & raced at Indianapolis by a local driver, winning in 1948

This is a picture of an antique cash register. Wires were strung throughout the store connecting each check-our area with the store's business office. Money/checks received at the check-out area were put into the metal container and it was sent to the office. Change or a receipt was put into the container and sent back to the check-out for the customer! Yes, it was used at a JC Penney near us, but also in a small-town store in our community when I was growing up. It was fun to watch the little metal container travel all over the store!!

A machine from the Corning Company showed the molds used to make glass ware for cars.They manufactured the covers for headlights as well as pyrex ware.

The Annie Oakley Center

Annie Oakley,born in a log cabin near Greenville, was named Phoebe Ann, but her sisters called her Annie. Her father died when she was young. She learned to use her father's 40-inch cap and ball Kentucky rifle to hunt game to sell during her teen years.

As her reputation grew she was pitted against Frank Butler, a champion marksman whom she beat and eventually married. She took the name Annie Oakley. They went on the road to entertain eventually joining the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show.

One of her acts was to ride into the arena on a bicycle while shooting targets thrown in the air.

She taught women to shoot a gun for sport and to protect themselves.
She and Frank literally lived out of a trunk, coming back to Greenville to visit family whenever possible.
They carried an Armstrong Table Stove for cooking. It was a portable electric toaster and egg cooker. No McDonalds so had to make their own egg McMuffin!

Her motto: "Aim high at a high mark and you will hit it.
No, not the first time, nor the second, and maybe not the third.
But keep on aiming and keep on shooting.
For only practice will make you perfect.
Finally you'll hit the bull's eye of Success."

The Village's Wing

Nineteen rooms set up as stores as seen in late 1800's thru the early 1900's including a telephone office, apothecary shop(drug store), Doctor & Dentist office, Post Office, Barber Shop and Beauty Shop.

Wm. A. Lohmann was a wagon maker whose sons studied astronomy & optics (science of light). Two years after his son, Ed, graduated from High School he started a business of making telescopes in his dad's shop. In 1895 he built his first telescope. During the next 40 years, Ed helped build some of the most famous telescopes still in use today in US & European capitols.
The biggest lens he built was shipped from Greenville on a flat car and is part of Mt. Wilson Observatory Telescope in Los Angeles, CA.

Military History

This exhibit contains military uniforms from Army, Navy, marines, Air Force, & Coast Guard along with memorabilia from every war since the War of 1812, with the exception of the Mexican American War.

The exhibit of Lt. Commander Zachary Lansdowne, Captain of the USS Shenandoah, a Navy dirigible shows pictures of the crash. The USS Shenandoah was on a promotional flight to the midwest which included flyover of 40 cities and visits to State Fairs.

Commander Lansddowne, a native of Greenville, had protested the flight because of the violent weather conditions that were common in Ohio in late summer. His pleas for cancellation only led to postponement because his superiors were anxious to publicize airship technology and justify the huge cost of the airship to the taxpayer.

While passing through an area of thunderstorm and turbulence over Ohio early in the morning on September 3, 1925 the airship was torn apart and crashed in several pieces. The Commander and 13 others were killed. Twenty-nine survivors succeeded in riding 3 sections of the airship to the ground. It is believed that because the airship contained helium, which does not react chemically with air, it did not burn.

Indian History Section

Darke County, Ohio has an active archaeological dig. Artifacts from as early as the 1700's are in the exhibits.

The Indians planted the 3 Sisters, corn, beans & squash, together. The corn stalk became a support for the bean plant and the squash would cover the ground to keep the weeds from growing! Let's try that next spring in our garden!

Greenville was home to the Great Indian leader, Tecumseh, for several years. He was a Shawnee chief, a commanding speaker who tried to organize a mighty Indian confederation against the English. He did not sign the Treaty fo GreeneVille in 1795.

In the Ohio and Great Lakes region the Indians lived in very much he same manner as did the first white pioneers who settled in the west. The Indians in the Nothwest Territory, however, were basically nomads. They had a simple hunting and agriculture economy because of being on the move. This and the conflicts between tribes contributed to a limited population.

American History Section

Do you remember the Treaty of Greene Ville from history class?

As the frontier of settlement along the Atlantic Ocean filled in, the pressure of increasing population pushed some people westward. The mountains were a barrier until the American Revolution. As the white people moved west into the home lands and hunting grounds of the Indian tribes it was inevitable that there would be conflict. When the Americans began to enter the Ohio Valley, the Indians felt pressed to defend themselves.

Forts will built in the area and recruiting began for the start of an army for the United States.
In 1790,President George Washington sent an army against the Indians. Finally in 1794, General Anthony Wayne defeated the Indians. He built several forts in the area and recruited men to build up an army for the United States.

General Wayne invited the Indian tribes to Fort Greene Ville to a peace conference. From January to July, 1795, tribal representatives came into the headquarters camp. General Wayne was responsible for providing for the soldiers & their families as well as about 1100 Indians that came for the peace negotiations.

After smoking the Calumet, or Pipe of Peace, the treaty was signed on August 3, 1795. This opened up settlement into what was called the Old Northwest Territory.

Another page in our country's history.
Again we felt "overload" from all that we had seen and read.
The "home magnet" was pulling as we headed west for the Interstate to take us back to our Prairie Home!

Thanking the Lord for another adventure,

Prairie Schooners

1 comment:

Dagmar said...

Good post! I really like the Annie Oakley part! : ] Sounds like an awesome trip!! See you soon!