Many of the county young people have served in the Armed Forces. Items from the Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I and II, Korean and Vietnam Wars, are included. Old uniforms and firearms, as well as pictures, ration stamps, and auxiliary items can be found.
Wedding dresses and gowns of yesteryear and the hats and bonnets of milady, many lovingly cared for and some well worn, are on display. Children’s clothing and men’s wear are included in the display.
The Doctor’s Office is there with some of the pill bottles, nostrums, and instruments the old family physician used when he made house calls on your grandparents. The operating table may be old but was once the latest up-to-date article.
Next door to the Doctor is the barber with his straight edge razor and shaving mugs and, at one time he doubled as the local dentist, he has ready an old treadle drill to use on an aching tooth. This particular barber-dentist is also set up to care for the lady of the house with an old hair curler or permanent wave machine. He must have had a very busy time.
Culture was not forgotten in Marino County. There are programs for the old Opera House and the many Chautauqua. The radios and Victorolas are much in evidence as are musical instruments and pictures of many local bands and orchestras.
The Library has a fine collection of old atlases and scrapbooks of yesteryear are on display. The genealogical section of the Library is available for genealogy research.
The Indians and prehistoric eras are not forgotten as artifacts and castings attest to the fact that our ancestors were not the first in Marion County. Fossilized ferns and leaves from the various Marion County coal or limestone mines are shown.
County heritage is rich in the telephone field. Mr. J. S. Bellamy’s first phone, where he received quotes on grain prices, is on display as are old switchboards and many types of phones that carried messages and gossip. Directories with phone numbers of 2 shorts-3 longs, 2 longs-1short rings, etc., calling attention to the fact that with many people on one line, not many “private” conversations were indeed private. And who can forget (or remember) the wooden phone booth found in many stores, with folding doors to insure privacy.
There is a display of lighting equipment from candle molds and miners’ lamps to the locally owned electric plant (pictures) that explains why our older folks probably “went to bed with the birds”.