Saturday, November 20, 2010
We bring a weekly photo from the Harper-Freeman collection, which is now maintained by the Village of Cary.
From the Village of Cary weekly email, The photo is of two decorative 6-1/4" advertising Dresden china plates from the early 1900's. The plates are signed by the artist. The plates were from M.J. Skokan's store at 44 Crystal Street. Martin J. Skokan was the Village shoemaker. The plates read "Compliments of Martin J. Skokan, Cary Station, IL." All the above information and the photo, was provided by the Village of Cary, via their weekly email.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Weekly entry of the Harper-Freeman collection, which is maintained by the Village of Cary.
The wall clock is dated from the late 1800's and is the original wall clock from the first Cary Station Train Depot. The clock is in amazingly good shape. All above information and photo shown, was provided by the Village of Cary, via there weekly email.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
We bring you a weekly photo of artifacts from the Harper-Freeman collection, which is now maintained by the Village of Cary
From the Village of Cary weekly news email, "The photo above is of the stop sign that Betty Freeman utilized as a Crossing Guard for the Village. The sign was issued 45 years ago in 1965. Mrs. Freeman was in the group of residents who served as Cary's first official School Crossing Guards. Village records indicate that she served for 23 years, from 1965 to 1988. The stop sign was made in the U.S.A. of metal and wood. As you might expect,today's Crossing Guard stop signs are all made of plastic." All information and photos have been provided via the Village's weeklys news email.
Friday, October 15, 2010
This week brings us a tool used to harvest ice from the Fox River.
To harvest ice from the Fox River, Cary residents would use this ice cutter to do so. The ice was used to keep food cold in homes and businesses and in boxcars shipped to Chicago transporting Cary produce. This cutter was in use more than 100 years ago.
Monday, October 11, 2010
From the Harper-Freeman collection, this first-edition poster is from a baseball game in Cary Ball Park.
The poster is a promotion of a baseball game between Algonquin and Cary on Aug. 1, 1894. Admission was 25 cents, and the purse was $100. Cary has many more items on display in the main lobby of its village hall. The village sends out a weekly update sharing items in its collection.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
This column will profile artifacts and photos related to Cary collected by Bob Harper's Family over the decades.
Bob Harper's family has been collecting items related to Cary for many decades. The late Henry Harper and the late Betty Freeman-Harper has helped preserve Cary's history through their massive collection. They have obtained over 1,000 historic items, including pictures, documents, and village signs. Harper has given the collection to the Village Hall, in which they will display a few items in the main lobby.