Can you identify these farm tools?

Mar 11, 2016

Slotted Screwdriver

Butter Press

Meat Grinder

These vintage tools are part of the History Center’s farming collection. They all came from the Berta Ranch where they were used for decades in ranch operations. They are, from left to right:

  • This tool is an early 1900s slotted screwdriver made by the Swallow Airplane Co. of Wichita, Kansas who also made several notable airplanes during the 1920s. Its aluminum handle incorporated a hinged lever that, when opened, provided a fulcrum to allow a greater torque applied to the screw. The hinged lever is shown open in the photo.
  • This tool was known as a butter press. Its function was to squeeze butter into rounded sections to facilitate packaging for sale and storage.
  • This tool is an “Enterprise Tinned Meat Chopper, No. 22” made in Philadelphia in the late 1800s. It was used to manually produce sausage or other ground meats. Front plates with different hole diameters were used to make coarse or fine grind meats.

Come visit the History Center to discover more about our farm implements. You may even decide to volunteer to be a docent or other fun task!

50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

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New on the Board

New on the Board

L-R: Gary Tate, Kim Williams, Dave Terdy, Cherie Ohlson, Richard Barratt, Elizabeth Barratt, Maxine Callihan, Jeff Ohlson At their May 8, 2019 Board of Directors meeting, the Historical Society welcomed new Board members Richard and Elizabeth Barratt. Both Richard and...

Historical Society Annual Meeting

Historical Society Annual Meeting

The Society’s yearly All-Member meeting held on Saturday, April 13, 2019. All were presented with a “State of the Society” overview by President Kim Williams followed by a great lineup of beverages, fruits, and cookies while catching up with old friends as well as meeting new ones.

Marilyn Sanders’ “Rosie and His Cracker Barrel” now available

Marilyn Sanders’ “Rosie and His Cracker Barrel” now available

In 1962 Marilyn Sanders (1932-2108) and her husband Jim settled in Carmel Valley where they raised their family and were both very active in community affairs. Having had a long penchant for history, she wrote her history of Rosie’s Cracker Barrel in the 1990s and it became a best seller on the Peninsula.

Carmel Valley Centennial Newspaper Now Available Online

Carmel Valley Centennial Newspaper Now Available Online

Now for the first time you can download a full 56-page file of the Centennial Newspaper for your enjoyment. This rare issue contains many historical articles about Carmel Valley, such as: Ranching, Native Indians, noteworthy families, old schools, Valley Library service history, fire departments, churches, parks, and much more.

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