Soda Fountain

By Janet Frost Smith and R. Edward Frost In the early 1940’s, after our parents had been married a short while, they began looking around for needs in the community. Our parents saw that our ‘high school kids’ were needing a ‘hang out’. With owning a general store that included a drug/pharmacy, it seemed like […]

1924 Ford T Pick Up

Wooden bodies were often fitted to Model “T” chassis to accommodate a variety of commercial uses. This lovely pick up truck features a roof over the bed for added protection. Many owners chose to upgrade their “Tin Lizzie” with various aftermarket mechanical devices. This example sports folding jump seats in the rear bed, supplemental coil […]

Charred School Bell Fragment from School House

This heavy iron fragment, charred black by fire, is what remains of the bell that hung inside the tower of the original Winchester Public School. Built in 1865, the building featured 10 school rooms, an office, and a furnace room. The structure was destroyed by fire on October 4, 1899 and a new school building […]

Scott County Voting Box

The Illinois Municipal Voting Act was enacted in 1913, granting women partial suffrage. They could vote in presidential elections and for local offices not specifically named in the Illinois constitution, but were excluded from voting for state representative, congressman, or governor. The ballot box is designated for men because the ballots were kept separate. Women […]

Winchester Soda Bottle

This soda bottle was created by the Winchester Bottling Works which was located on South Hill street. William I. Woodal, fondly known as “Soda Pop Bill,” produced soda at his factory from 1910 until his death in 1920. The company made sodas flavored with orange, strawberry, grape, creme, and sarsaparilla. Surely the favorite cool drink […]

Threatening Postcard to County Commissioners

The current Scott County courthouse was built in 1885 on the northeast corner of the square in Winchester. A message sent to county commissioner James Coultas reveals that not everyone approved the expenditure of $37,500. This post card reads: “To the County Commissioners of Scott County, you had better go slow in regard to building […]

Harry Herring’s “Trench Art” Clock

During the Great War, or World War I, many soldiers created pieces of art during lulls in combat. “Trench art” was often made from used artillery shells, bullet casings, or anything available. This clock was created by a soldier from Scott County named Harry Herring. He used the hub of a plane propeller to fashion […]

Peter Schuttler High Wheel Wagon

The Peter Schuttler Wagon Company was founded in 1843 in Chicago and produced some of the most iconic wagons known for travel to western territories. The company took advantage of the growing demand for heavy vehicles with the rise of westward migration to California during the 1849 Gold Rush. By the middle of the 1850s, […]