Can you identify these farm tools?
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!
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.
This year’s annual Christmas Party was another success. The Christmas Tree was trimmed by members Cherie Ohlson and Josh Scheid and several members pitched in with wine and finger food. We all look forward to this annual event to reacquaint with old friends!
Don’t miss our newest exhibit, coming soon: THE GEOLOGY OF CARMEL VALLEY. Plan to join us on Saturday, September 22nd from 4:00 – 6:00pm and enjoy light bites & a beverage while you learn about this fascinating subject. This exhibit explores, in an interesting and understandable…
Please join us on Saturday, April 21st, for the Historical Society’s Annual Meeting & New Exhibit, “Rusticating in Carmel Valley: 1870s–1940s,” a story of the resorts, ranches and camps of the time period and the activities (wild & otherwise) that enticed people “to take in the rural environment.”
The Carmel River Watershed Conservancy sponsored this visit by the Tularcitos School 3rd graders and some parents on March 9th. Afterwards they were treated with a tour of the old San Clemente dam site.