Recent acquisitions for the museum


Elizabeth Hamon for Betty C. Whealy donated a pair of 19th century eyeglasses that belonged to Minerva McCray Norton, Mrs. Allen Gees (Geneva Milton Gee) grandmother, a bullet pouch worn on a belt by William Keylon Norton who died in 1890 in Mercer County, Ky. He was the father of Solonie (Lonie) Norton Milton who was born in 1877, also a wooden bucket that belonged to Lonie Norton Milton and given to her by her sister Mable around 1880. They lived in Mercer County. The bucket contained a heel cleat for a shoe or perhaps it is a miniature horseshoe. Mrs. Hamon also donated a 1911 post card.

J. Hill Hamon donated two anti-gravity flight suits and one regular flight suit with two naval aviators helmets and a knee notepad used when he was in the service from 1953-57. Hamon has a doctorate and was also a professor at Transylvania University and authored with Ash Gobar A Lamp in the Forest, Natural Philosophy in Transylvania University, 1799-1859. He is also a hand-printer of miniature books.

Joan Adrian donated some railroad memorabilia from her travel days in the mid 1940s: a Pullman Company towel, a matchbook for the New York Central System, various menus from Union Station in St. Louis, a 1944 Frisco Lines beverage list, a 1946 Pullman ticket receipt, a Frisco Lines ticket envelope, a Chesapeake and Ohio ticket envelope, a 1945 By the Way publication from the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (Frankfort was listed with a population of 11,500), a June 1946 Frisco Lines train schedule catalogue, and from more recent days brochures from the Bluegrass Railroad Museum and the Nostalgia Station Toy Train Museum in Versailles. She also donated an arrowhead found on their Trumbo Bottom property near the Kentucky River.

William E. Johnson donated a tape-loom that came with the Gov. Charles Morehead house when he purchased it back in the early 1960s.

Josh Toftness, a Frankfort High School senior, was working in Coach Foleys office and found a 1922 Frankfort High School ring between the baseboard and the wall. Thats an interesting find, especially since the ring belonged to someone in the 1922 class who graduated from the high school where Second Street School now stands. The Shelby Street Frankfort High School was erected in 1925, three years later.

Eloise Downey donated a batch of newspapers from the 1978 Frankfort flood, 1979 and 1983 inaugurations, 1980 State Journal, and the I Remember When 1975 State Journal edition.

Steve Brooks donated a Frankfort My City My Home bumper sticker, an M. A. Selbert Jewelers refrigerator magnet, a Sheehy Supply plastic check book holder, and a comb that belonged to Elmo Mo Parrish, long time Parks employee and father of Jim Parrish.

Daniel Green donated a 1972 Horn Drug Company calendar and a bronze Kentuckys Capitol Frankfort pin. He also gave us some material from the 4th Street Kagin sisters estate: some Kagin Bros. Inc. (235 Main Street) store business envelopes, a State Journal leather calendar/check book holder, a Kagin Bros. Store receipt book, a 1943 University of Kentucky Bargains for Brains: booklet featuring Robertson Kagin, a 1940 Kentucky Fraternity Man UK publication featuring photos of all the UK fraternity houses, and a August 31, 1973 Frankfort High Panthers vs. Bardstown Football program when Raymond Webb, Frankfort Stauffer, and Bob Shaw were coaches and Albert Wall was principal. The Panthers were 9-1 that year and they defeated Bardstown 28-0.

A blue hair comb with John Sower for Mayor.

Vince LaFontaine let us scan a 1937 LaFontaine family photo showing them as the American Legion Post 7 drum and bugle corps band. The original drum and bugle corps band had disbanded so Gustave Edward LaFontaine (Vinces father) put his whole family into a substitute band. They wound up playing in the National American Legion Parade held in New York City. At the time, Vince was just two years old. He also brought in a huge panorama photo of the State Champion Man-O-War Post 8 Lexington drum and bugle corps in the front of the nations Capitol in 1950 that contains several musicians from Frankfort.

Louis Metts donated several State Journal I Remember When stories from people like Robert E. Utterback, Rowland Gooch, Elizabeth Hughes Stone, Vivien C. Moore, and others.

Richard Taylor donated a soda bottle from A. L. Coleman Bottling Company, Frankfort, Kentucky. Alex L. Coleman resided at 108 Watson Ct. and his place of business was located at 322 St. Clair St.

Pat McDonald donated a Deposit Bank of Frankfort (307 St. Clair) bank-note sheet, a Buck Run School photo from a 1956 Franklin County News, Dr. M.C. Darnell 1928 death receipt on Sydney Bedford, a 1925 New Capital Hotel envelope, a 1938 D. L. Haly Insurance estimate for Mrs. Thomas Bedford, 1912, 1914, and 1917 tax related documents, a 2001 Keeneland Magazine article on Paul Sawyier, and an 1887 Elkhorn Baptist Association booklet.

Shirley Clark permitted us to scan a photograph of the Frankfort Orchestra circa 1919. This popular Frankfort dance band played throughout Kentucky.

Judy Richards gave us a Bridgeport High School B letter, a 1997 Kentucky Travel Guide, and a 2000 Directory for the Kentucky General Assembly as well as a State Journal 2000 Welcome paper for the General Assembly.

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