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Hamilton County record. (Wells, N.Y.) 189?-1947, January 09, 1947, Image 1

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^anttlfam Cotmfa^ ^grori> CARL L. FRY ESTATE, Pnprietor, WcHsi N. Y «A PAPER TOR THE PEOPLE OF HAMILTON COUNTY” ARTHUR A. HOYT, EdSfoi, V M k , M. YL y o u XLIX NO. 2 WEU4t; N. Y., THUIRgPAY, JANUARY 9, 1947 Colorful Old West Lives Again In Omaha Historical Museum \ fl^sEt/erfts Railroad Exhibit Js Visual Record Of Pioneer Days W N U Features, ■, OMAHA, NEB.—The roaring, ^hectic days of the Old West are n o t dead —^they still live in all th e ir flam b o y ant glory in the Union Pacific’s historical muse­ um located in the company’s headquarters building here. Fascinating documents, maps, irelics, w e a p o n s , fu r n itu r e , books, household articles, fa r m im p le­ ments, personal possessions and •other mementos of the men and • events w h ich carved an empire out •of a wilderness comprise a dramatic •and graphic visual record of the ^struggles, tragedies and triumphs -bf the pioneer West. Portray Progress. Interwoven with the faded relics \fraying the epic record in the build- \ing of the Union Pacific, which 3 )layed an instrumental role in the ■westward expansion of, the empire. Shunning away from the musty and moldering atmos- .phere of the typical “museum idea/’ all the exhibits are de­ signed to preserve all the color and adventure which prevailed in the pioneer days. Since this valuable historical col­ lection was opened to the public in 1939, approximately 200,000 visitors ^representing every state in the union .and 41 foreign countries have regis­ tered at the museum. Reminisce on Carders. Bearded oldsters wander thr< \the^ exhibits musing over which recall their own picturesque \Careers when they-^and the West— were young. In contrast are school children and street - urchins, • in-, “trigued by the drama in the win­ ning of the West. Side by side come scholars and business men, house­ wives and railroad executives, ■while d u ring war years many a .serviceman discovered that brows­ ing around the ejmibits provided an ideal means of whiling away the .-seemingly endleSs wait for trains. Curator of the museum; is Mrs. IRuth Cultra Hamilton, former school teacher who has been asso­ ciated with the railroad for many Lauds Woman’s Role. True to her clan, Mrs. Hamilton :admits that^ her one regret is that Ihe museum collections are almost wholly a memorial to the great men ■of the past. “No one remembers those anony­ mous women who ranked with their, men as courageous pioneers,” she complains. To museum visitors, how­ ever, she can point out a few household articles which serve as mute reminders that eve’s while heroes conquered the West, someone had to cook and HISTORY WAS MADE . . . With the rifles, saddle and other equip­ ment included in this general view of a section of the historical rear chi the farming, f Modern-day nouswives stai devices as candle imiti >rehehdingly at such prii andle molds, a saue kraut stomper, a broom of hickoi itive mry splints, a spinning wheel and reel dating back to 1859. Typical of the ig I hardships which the pioneer wom­ an ■ endured are exhibits of crude farm implements—an awkward flail, clumsy hoe and handmade barley. The old iron Dutch oven and grill in the museum once were the only cooking utensils owned by some Mormon family, which carried them across the plains on th e ' historic migration from Nauvoo, 111., to Utah. ....... . * Becall Indian^ Raids. Many souvenirs of the constant guerrilla warfare between the hos­ tile Indians and workmen who pushed the rails ever westward also are on display. Supplementing the tomahawks and arrows is the handi­ work of Indianv women who en­ gaged in more peaceful pursuits than their warriors. Included in the display are fine baskets and bead- work, tobacco pouches, medicine bags, amulets and other articles fashionedfashioned byy Siouxux womenomen andnd dec-ec­ b Sio w a d orated with embroidery of flattened porcupine quills dyed with roots and berries. i Wild-eyed youngsters gaze in awe at the pistols which spat flame and lead in the hectic early days but which now rest peacefully in the museum’s display cases. m j Guns Shown, ATJ.«AAJ M U U 9 A huge .69 horse pistol is' on display, along with flintlocks dating back to the American revolution and pepper-box types, derringers, ball and cap and muzzle-loading types. In one case are guns taken from train robbers while another case contains bullet molds,- cartridge loaders, powder flasks and horns. EN ROUTE TO PROMISED LAND . . . Mormon pioneers used these crude farm implements and household utensils on their historic trek from Nauvoo, 111., to Utah. shot pouches and other pieces of hooting, wing th from Texas to Ellsworth, Kas., one equipment used in pistol shooting. A rare old book showing the trails of the roaring “cow towns” of the ’70s, and a collection of branding irons highlight the mementos of the day of the cattleman and coWf Mute symbols of a stiU earlier day when the buffalo and bison roamed the western plains by the THE WILD AND WOOLLY WEST . . . Is re-created for goggle-eyed youngsters in this display of guns and knives. millions are the watch and scissors used by “Old Jim” Bridget and a money belt and autographed pic­ ture of “Buffalo Bill” Cody. The epic migration of pio­ neers over the Mormon trail, Oregon trail and other path­ ways to the West is represent­ ed by many relics. Attracting major interest is an original map issued to westbound pio­ neers, showing every place across the prairies where food could he obtained and the loca­ tion of blacksmiths. Rare and original photographs of the Great Emancipator hold the spotlight in an extensive Lincoln col­ lection. A replica of the Lincoln funeral car also is displayed. Tribute to Rails. With the building of the West ir­ retrievably linked with the develop­ ment of rail transportation, the mu­ seum features mementos in the his­ tory of railroading. Principal item is a yellowed tele- mit.” Thii viUe M. Oliver Am( ’romontory Sum- issage, sentent by-Gren-y is message, s b ■ Gri Dodge, chief engineer, iver Ames, then president of the U. P.j signified completion of con­ stru c tio n work, and on the follow­ ing day the Golden Spike was driv­ en to join the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific as the first trans­ continental railroad linking the East and West. BUndness No Han^cap, Indastrious Ohio Man Proves give chiropractic treatments, re- ir chairs and sell greeting cards. PAINESVILLE, OHIO.—Although blind since he was seven, Robert Bixel is one of the most industrious men in this community. After work­ ing ^throughout the week at a rub­ ber plant, he continues the pace Sunda/ ------- ’ Not content with these regular plant, ne continues the pace on day by rushing off to church, sre he is an evangelist and Sing- JNot content with these regular activities, Bixel utilizes a guide dog to help him around the community pair chairs and sell greeting card: At home he mows the lawn, fires ,the furnace and helps with house­ hold tasks. An ardent sportsman, Bixel rides goes fishing and coon he asks only horseback, hunting. On coon hunts for a stout club about four feet in length and “I’ll get along all right by myself.” Blind since seven years of age as a result of being struck by a stone thrown by a playmate, Bixel refuses to acknowledge the handicap. He now plans to learn typing to permit him to keep up with his immense amount of correspondence. Formerly the regular preacher at Riverview church in nearby Nov­ elty, Ohio, Bixel turned the pastor­ ate over to a brother-in-law and now acts as a traveling evangelist. PREMIER-PRESIDENT AND NEW FRENCH CABINET . . . Premier-President Leon Blum, '74-year-oId SociaUst, Is shown with members of his cabinet as they appeared after approval by the assembly. Front row, left to ^ight, Felix Gouin, Mme. Andree Vienot, Premier-President Bluni, Guy Mollet, Augustin Lan^ rent,t, Edmond Naegellenaegellen and Andrendre LeTrouqulr.Trouqulr. Rear row, M.. T.. Prigent,igent, P.. O.. Lapie,pie, Paulaui Bechard,ecnaru, Paulaui ren Edmond N and A Le Rear row, M x pr p u Jja p u p Ramadier, Jules Moch, Andre Phillip, Lamine Gueye, Eugene Thomas, Albert Galier, Daniel Mayer, Jean Biondi, Max Lejeuue and Pierre Segelle. SHE ONLY WANTS TO SEE . trie Anzalone, at the Massachi for Christmas was “one eye—even a RESCUED FROM FLAMES . . . Nurse Maria Zalesak ministering to Dorothy ! Frasier, 2, left, and Jane Frasier, 5, at Detroit receiving hospital where the two youngsters were taken after being rescued from their flaming home. When rescued, Dorothy was unconscious. U. N. Is Offered a Home Njew York will fight to hold IT. IL if it takes Rockefeller’s last nickeL Johli D. offered an $8,500,000 six- block water-front site to keep Ihff United Nations in the big city. Alad­ din has stepped into the picture in U. N.’s housing crisis. The only question is whether there is any­ body in the United Nations who caa veto a lamp. Prom ' Flushing , Meadow to it ‘Her center in one blue­ print is quite Rockefeller center in one mue- print is quite a travelogue, ^ l e liiiute U. N. seemed like B . . . Janice Charlotta Lis comb, 10, Bar Harbor, Maine, shown with nurse, Bea- ;husetts Eye and Ear infirmary, wrote a letter to Santa Claus that all she wanted —even a fairly good eye.” Janice lost the sight of one eye'. lorn G. I. searching for an pied Quonset. The next minute he was having six blocks of New York’s choice real estate handed him on a gold platter, NO cover charge. If there were long months when Mii^s. United Nations thought New York was cold to her, she now must realize she is being suddenly pur­ sued with $8,500,000 worth of love and six blocks of unmortgaged, pas- Ra' Knickerbocker might have le t her go to California, but to pass iip Gotham for Philadelphia . . . n e v » t Pa knew'that a city that coiild hold as many five-star attractions, as it had always be^n able to hold would look cheap gettmg a rejectiCMi glc The proposed site has many advantages. It is located where the diplomats may see a poor- house from one window, Ea.sf Side life from anothjer, the very lieart of New York from another find some society residential see- ^ r s from another. If the view doesn’t ^give^them a democratie ipteriningling:' o f “s c c a l c / e f - . fjccts, characters and types of living, nothing will. The rich, the poor, the middle classes, the “haves and the have nots” ; the limousine and the sub­ way sets, the people who have the veto and the people who merely have the corner delicatessen and Grogan’s b^r . . . they’re all visible there on. a clear day.. The six-block area now is mostly the habitat of meat packers and slaughterers and is known as the . beef zone. There are those who sist U. N. possession won’t change that name. • Any day you can stand in this zone and henr the doomed sheep bah-h-ing they are led to slaugh­ ter. We commend the sound to some of the more selfish and obstreperoua figures in U. N.^ Personally we are not too sure about a super peace center in the heart of Manhattan as a brotherly love influence. It seems to. us that the world or­ ganization needs an atmosphere of calm, leisure and dignity rather than one of speed, traffic Jams, general jostling and higb- pressure chaos. We would say card-index I like Bethlehem and starry would do better iwith .a back- big business, efficiency and ground less like und card-inder night. M en engaged in the greatest ^Oh of history, the bringing of peace and the brotherhood of nian to a blitzed and baffled globe need some­ thing more than express elevators, 38 floors of de luxe offices, spe­ cial lighting, adjacency to the sub­ way and an opportunity to lunch a t the Busy Bee cafe between debates. Still a home is a home and it’s nothing,to sneeze at. And as Grant said, “Let us love peace”-revery eight minion dollars will help. T SAID I WOULD WALK AGAIN’ . . . Mary Drury, 13, of East Orange, N. J., on the fourth anni- ■ versar'y of the day she lost both legs under a speeding train, proved she was right when she insisted that she T^as going to walk again and attend school. The U.. N. on a winter’s day -Fled the meadow, sweet with hay; So swiftly was the lady’s pace She found a home near BCefc- man place.. The U. N. subcommittee’s enthu­ siasm for the Rockefeller offer of & siasm for home is £ so hilarious that it may be called “Hooray-dio City.” On the other hand if those scraps between United Nations' diplomats keep UR, the headquarters may h a v e to be tagged “Sock-A-Feller Cen­ ter.”

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