Beautiful Drawers of a Storage Bin
This is a storage bin from Henry Flamm’s General Store. According to Findagrave.com, “The name of Flamm is inseparably interwoven with the history of Rexburg and the development of the city and surrounding district and Mr. Flamm is numbered among the energetic, farsighted and successful business men of the city.” Most storage bins were used in the 1900s usually to hold nuts and bolts, but it’s believed this one held thread.
Come Play In Our Interactive Sandbox
The Museum of Rexburg has a sandbox for kids to play in, complete with plastic construction equipment. But this is no ordinary sandbox. It has a projector above it that shows the topographic layers of the sandbox. It changes with the movement of the sand too, so the dips and trenches fill with “water.”
It’s hands-on fun and learning for both kids and adults and it helps teach about the Teton Flood. It reminds us of how the people of Rexburg joined together to clear water, mud and debris out of their beautiful city and made it shine once again.
300 Pieces In Our Collection!
We have over 300 salt and pepper shakers among our other artifacts here at the Museum of Rexburg. They were collected by a woman named Marjorie Grimm. She only had one child, a daughter, who died of appendicitis when she was only 9 years old. in order to help her cope with the loss of her daughter, Marjorie became a recluse and began collecting these salt and pepper shakers.
Idaho is built on the foundations of our ancestors. Our communities were built by hard-working men and women who endured and sacrificed much for us. One such individual is Ann Sharp Galbraith.
Below is a portrait of Ann. She was born in England in 1858 and married Edward Archibald Galbraith. They helped settle the Lyman area and had 11 children together. Ann died in 1942 in Idaho Falls and is buried in Archer.
A Few Trusty Old Guns
The Museum of Rexburg also has a nice collection of guns that aren’t usually on display. We don’t have any history on the gun at the top, but the next one down is a Harper’s Ferry Rifle 70 caliber from about 1827. The third gun is a 12 gauge automatic loader Remington Model II and was patented by John M. Browning around the turn of the century to the 1900s. The next gun is a single shot 16 gauge bolt action rifle donated by Harold Hill.
A Warm Welcome to the Hotel
This horse actually has a twin. Both are made of sterling silver and used to be part of the staircase at the Idamont Hotel that was located on College Avenue in Rexburg. The building became an apartment building just before the Teton Dam burst in 1976. The Craze Fun Zone has been built on the site.
Scaled To Size
The Teton Flood Museum has a scale model of the Teton Dam. It was made the Bureau of Reclamation to explain the terrible events that occurred June 5 of 1976, when the Teton Dam burst. Above it is a poster detailing the events of the day and the times they occurred. Visit the Museum of Rexburg for more details and for first-hand stories, such as Jay Calderwood’s story of being on the dam as it started to collapse as recorded by East Idaho News.
Chores Have Changed
Everyone knows that people used to use feather dusters to clean their homes, but few people still have feather dusters to use. The Museum of Rexburg has a feather duster almost two feet long. It was patented on December 22, 1908 by the Chicago Feather Duster Company, which was established in 1875, according to Infospaze.com.
According to Infospaze.com, feather dusters were first invented when a farmer in Iowa brought a bundle of turkey feathers to a broom-making company and asked to have them bound into a brush. Over time, the feather duster has morphed and changed to become more efficient and easy to use. Ostrich feathers were often used, especially by feather duster companies operating out of Africa, however, this particular duster’s feathers are turkey feathers. Come and see it for yourself!
Unfortunately Missing Information
This beautiful antique gold locket looks like it is set with amethyst. Each link of the chain has a delicate flower on it and the details around the gem are incredible. We don’t know anything about where this locket came from, but there are pictures of two children inside. Unfortunately, we don’t have any information on them either. Can you imagine the stories this locket could tell if only we knew where to find them? Perhaps it belonged to a mother or grandmother who treasured her children enough to keep their images close to her heart.
Has Breakfast Changed?
Can you imagine what breakfast would be like if you had to cook on an old fashioned stove? We can. If you look at this stove below, you’ll notice that not only is there a waffle maker, but a crank butter churn instead of a pump butter churn. There’s a coffee grinder on the top of the stove and a tea kettle as well. Breakfast clearly hasn’t changed all that much in the last hundred years or so.
The Monarch Company also known as the Malleable Iron Range Co. and the Dauntless Manufacturing Company made this stove around the 1920’s. Silas McClure and A.C. Terrell founded the company in St. Louis, MO. This particular color of stove was called “nice-green”.