BY JOYCE ANDRUS
The museum will be divided into different exhibition areas to showcase items reflective of the economy during the 1940s and 1950s. Some of these display sections will exhibit items relative to farm and dairy; rodeo, cowboys and horses; and Melba businessmen. The military display has uniforms from each branch, including a WWII Army uniform donated by Ila Inselman. A special, memorable item for generations to appreciate and learn from has been given by Francis Adams, a Melba HS 1939 alumni. His WW II Army medals will be on display, including a Bronze Star.
Martha Pettijohn Morrise donated a Kodak Baby Brownie camera with its original owner’s guide. She said it was purchased in 1940 at the Melba Drug Store for a whopping one dollar! The museum has also received a vintage grocery scale; baseball mitts; and a bristle brush with shaving cup for the hotel room display. Among Ann Tomlinson’s donations will be an issue of the Idaho Free Press announcing the assassination of former President John F Kennedy.
If you would like to donate to the museum or join the Historical Society, you can go to their web page at www.melbahistoricalsociety.com for more information. Now you know!