The current window display at the Grove City Area Historical Society and Museum showcases items that might appear foreign to a younger generation, but will evoke many memories to the middle-aged or older people in the area, particularly for farmers and their families.
Easily identifiable is the rotary blade lawn mower, the feedbag, and S.L. Black’s milk can, and the lantern. Less common is the posthole digger, the corn husking peg, the milking machine, or the beam boring drill used between 1860 and 1900.
The dairy industry was very prominent in the Grove City area, and at one time there were nearly a dozen local dairies. Many local farms provided the milk product that those dairies processed.
Also featured is a picture of Cloe the cow and the picture taken in the late 1870s of the Harvey H. Humphrey farm in Liberty Township. The house was built in 1864, and the kiln used to make the bricks for the home still remains on the property.
Ed Uber, the current owner, affirms that the barn floor, which was originally just dirt, was eventually concreted, and the family farm’s initials and name, “HHH-Humphreys,” were cast into that concrete in 10-inch letters that can still be clearly seen today.
The display also contains a picture of a Mr. Daugherty using his wheelbarrow to haul those milk cans from the barn to the springhouse and a picture of a Pioneer Dairy milkman on the job.
Pioneer was one of the local dairies; others were Lewis Dairy, Clover Crest Dairy, Campbell Dairy, Young’s Dairy, The Grove City Creamery, H. C. Hodil Dairy, and Lone Pine Dairy.
Milk supply from local farmers also went to process milk for Sealtest, Isaly, and Borden dairies.
This window will be on display until mid-August. The agriculture and business rooms are on the second of the museum, which is open noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.