A desk made for four students,
with indentations for pens and four ink
donated to the museum by Jim
Waechter, in honor of the late Bob
Schmidt. Jim knows the desk is from a Jay County common
school, but does not know which
An army trunk and pictures of Ralph and Mildred May are on display in the War Room and are among the many items the family has donated to the museum.
Also a cart was recently donated to the museum by rural Bryant resident Larry Stults. It is from the Jay Garment. We are told the cart was used to move clothing from one station to the next. It is rounded to better hold the pieces of the garments which are being made.
Did you attend the old General Shanks School on South Meridian Street in Portland? In 1963 or 1964, when the school was being torn down because the new General Shanks had been built, items from the old building were being tossed into a trash pile. Diane Kinsey Hanlin, a teacher at the school, asked Mr. Callahan, the janitor, if she could have his rocking chair. He said to take it and keep it. The rocking chair and other items are now in our school room, thanks to Diane.
903 E Main St.
Portland, Indiana 47371