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? This rocking chair belonged to the janitor, Mr. Calihan. 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. Calihan if she could have the chair. He said to take it and keep it.
Mr. Calihan was also the school nurse as he applied bandages and treated all the minor injuries for the children. He also used the bell hang-ing on the chair to call the children in at the end of recess.
These items are now in our school room, thanks to Diane.
903 E Main St.
Portland, Indiana 47371