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Kitchen Canister
20140103_0004
provenance
unknown
maker_mark
National Can Company - New York; Empeco
disposition
currently owned as of January 2014
20140103_0005 20140103_0002
Food chopper #72
20140106_0032
provenance
household of Lillie Strahl Cardinal until 1948, then household of Alton and Beatrice Cardinal until around 1975, then household of Peter Cardinal
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#food_chopper

Food Chopper

The food chopper belonged to my mother, Lille Strahl Cardinal, and we used by her until her death in 1948.

Whe he began keeping house, my son Peter took it and continues to use it.

maker_mark
Universal 72
disposition
currently owned as of January 2014
20140106_0028 20140106_0029 20140106_0030 20140106_0031
Bedroom set comode
20140103_0006
provenance
household of Gilbert and Lillie Cardinal from 1901, then household of Alton Cardinal, then household of Peter Cardinal
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#bedroom

Bedroom Set

The set – bed, dresser, comode – was new when my parents (Gilbert and Lillie Cardinal) were married in 1901. The bed no longer exists. The set is made of cherry wood. The dresser originally had a mirror in a frame so that the mirror could be tilted. My mother removed the frame and hung the mirror on the wall in the 1920's. The frame is gone, but the mirror was left in attic at 132 S. Oneida St. until Carl Sippel gave it to me in 1985. The bevel-edge mirror has a broken-out section which my mother concealled with picture post cards.

disposition
currently owned as of January 2014
20140103_0007 20140103_0008 20140108_0065 20140108_0066 20140108_0067
Bedroom set dresser
20140103_0009
provenance
household of Gilbert and Lillie Cardinal from 1901, then household of Alton Cardinal, then household of Peter Cardinal
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#bedroom
[text shown above]
disposition
currently owned as of January 2014
20140108_0063 20140108_0064
Bedroom set mirror
20140103_0010
provenance
household of Gilbert and Lillie Cardinal from 1901, remaining in house after their deaths until 1985, then household of Alton Cardinal, then household of Peter Cardinal
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#bedroom
[text shown above]
disposition
currently owned as of January 2014
20140103_0011 20140103_0012
Blanket chest or trunk
20140106_0008
provenance
unknown, see notebook text
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#chest

Blanket Chest

This chest was the property of my great grandfather, Samuel S. Johnston (1806-1886), and was given to me by his daughter Mary Ann Johnston Cardinal (1842-1935) who was my grandmother.

Blanket Chest

Brought to USA (?) from Ireland by S. S. Johnston (later sergeant in regular U.S. Army including Mexican and Civil wars)

Original color appears to be dark blue. [Perhaps it was a U.S. Army chest.]

Note: Secret drawer

I am not sure of the origin of the chest. It may have come with S.S. Johnston when he emigrated to the United States from Ireland. Or, it may have been an army chest acquired when he served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War and Civil War.

The chest was made of only six boards: one each for bottom, sides, ends, and lid. When I received it (about 1923), the chest was in sound condition except for the split lid. Also, the molding along the front edge of the lid was gone, one hinge missing, one handle missing, lock inoperative, the lid and lock of the inside compartment missing, and the exterior scarred from handling. The original dark blue paint was intact, but scratched. The damaged lid had been reinforced, using cut nails. See the secret drawer under the inside compartment.

Recognizing its value as a family heirloom, my mother and father fixed it up for use in the house. The missing molding was replaced on the lid front edge, casters added, a strap (made from my father's old pants suspenders) installed to hold the cover, and the entire chest covered with a coat of varnish-stain.

I undertook restoration over a period of time ending in 1983. I removed the varnish- stain, retaining the original paint, strengthened the cover with dowels and screws, and applied two coats of paint of a color maatched to the original by the proprietor of Monte's Paint & Decorating. To preserve the wood, I painted the previously unpainted bottom exterior and applied a colorless spray finish to the entire inside. In the process, I had a hinge made by a blacksmith at Heidgen Co. (115 S. Broadway, Green Bay) to match as well as possible the original. The original is on the left and the copy on the right. Leather handles for both ends were made for me by a shoe repair shop; the original brass plates are on the right end, those on the left I made from a piece of new brass plate, screws are new.

note
dovetail joinery
disposition
currently owned as of January 2014
20140106_0009 20140106_0010 20140106_0011 20140106_0013
Round table
20140103_0035
provenance
built by Joseph Cardinal prior to 1913, then household of Gilbert and Lillie Cardinal, then household of Alton and Beatrice Cardinal, then household of Peter Cardinal
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#round_table

Round Table

The round table was made by my grandfather, Joseph Cardinal (1830-1913), and came to my father after Grandpa's death.

As I remember it, the table was a dark color. It was later painted black, and then, still later, gray.

My son, Peter, now has the table.

disposition
currently owned as of January 2014
20140103_0036 20140103_0037 20140103_0038 20140103_0039
Bentwood rocker
20140106_0001
provenance
household of Lillie Roy Strahl Whipple, then household of Gilbert and Lillie Cardinal, then household of Alton and Beatrice Cardinal, then household of Peter Cardinal
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#rocker

Rocking Chair

The bent-wood arm rocker belonged to my grandmother, Lillie Roy Strahl Whipple (1860-1921), and it was used by her until her death in 1921. Then it became the property of my mother, Lillie Strahl Cardinal (1877-1948), until her death in 1948. It was constantly used all those years. After Mother's death, the chair remained in our attic until I completed refinishing in 1982.

I removed all of the old finish and refinished with Formby's tung oil finish rubbed into the natural wood. I replaced the seat with new leather tooled by my sister-in-law, Helen Lu Ferslev, in a pattern similar to the original. New tacks were used. Other than minor joint tightening, no restoration was needed.

note
seat replaced again
disposition
currently owned as of January 2014
20140106_0003 20140106_0005 20140106_0007
Sewing rocker
(no photo)
provenance
unknown origin, household of Lillie Strahl Cardinal, then household of Alton and Beatrice Cardinal
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#sewing_rocker

Sewing Chair

This low wooden rocker belonged to my mother, Lillie Strahl Cardinal (1877- 1948). I don't know when or how it was acquired, but I remember it as an old chair when I was a child.

Originally, the chair was finished with a dark brown stain and had a brown cane seat (fragments of the cane are still there). In the late 1920's, Mother installed a dime store plywood replacement seat. At some time, one of the six back splints was broken; I removed the opposite one to maintain symmetry when I painted the chair gray in the 1950's.

disposition
unknown
Child's red chair
20140103_0040
provenance
household of Eva Cady Robinson, then household of Gilbert and Lillie Cardinal, then household of Alton and Beatrice Cardinal, then household of Peter Cardinal
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#child_chairs

Child Chairs

The four chairs have interesting histories.

The green straight chair was bought by her parents for my wife, Beatrice Ferslev, when she was four years old (in 1919). It was used specifically for her to sit on in the one-seated family automobile while her older sister sat between the parents and the younger sister sat on mother's lap.

The other three chairs were given to me after my *cousin's children outgrew them (about 1915). The training chair was a brown color – stain and varnish –; we never had the tray. The "kitchen" chair was red enamel. I remember the rocker as yellow – probably a stained or natural finish. When Uncle Abe Frei brought the training chair from Spokane, Washington, out to the ranch on Indian Prairie, he was embarassed; so he put it in a burlap bag. I named the chairs for ranch horses – Major (training chair), Queen (kitchen), and Flo (rocker) and drove them with string lines. The chair backs and rear legs still show the wear from being dragged across the floor. I still refer to them by name.

* Eva Cady Robinson
disposition
currently owned as of January 2014
20140103_0041 20140103_0042 20140103_0043
Child's rocker
20140107_4600
provenance
household of Eva Cady Robinson, then household of Gilbert and Lillie Cardinal, then household of Alton and Beatrice Cardinal, then household of Carol Anne Grady
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#child_chairs
[text shown above]
disposition
given to Carol Anne Grady 2007
20140107_4601 20140107_4602 20140107_4605
Dagger
20140106_0015
provenance
reputedly taken from dead confederate soldier by Joseph Cardinal during the Civil War, later household of Alton Cardinal, then household of Peter Cardinal
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#dagger

Dagger – Civil War

Taken from the body of a Confederate soldier (killed in action) by Joseph Cardinal (soldier in Union cavalry).

disposition
currently owned as of January 2014
20140106_0016 20140106_0017
Doll
(no photo)
provenance
gift to Lillie Strahl from Hermann Strahl 1879, then household of Lillie Strahl Cardinal, then household of Alton Cardinal
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#doll

Doll

This doll was given to my mother, Lillie Strahl Cardinal (1877-1948), by her father, Hermann Strahl (1830-1880), for Christmas 1879 when she was two year[s] old. Because her father died one week later on New Year's Day 1880, she treasured the doll all her life. Shortly before she died, Mother asked us to give the doll to our daughter, Phyllis, when she became age two.

The doll's head, hands, and feet are china. The body is stuffed with sawdust. She is a blue eyed, black haired lady fifteen inches tall.

Doll Trunk

The doll trunk was my mother's. I'm not sure of its age, but I think it may be as old as the doll (1879). At any rate, it dates back to Mother's childhood, in the City of Fort Howard.

The trunk is [a] small version of a traveller's trunk with lock, leather handles, rollers, metal fittings, and simulated leather (paper) exterior covering. The inside is complete with tray and paper lining. Dimensions are: 14 inches long, 9 inches high, and 8 inches deep.

Doll Furniture

The doll furniture belonged to my mother when she was a child. She was born June 12, 1877, and live on North Ashland Avenue in the City of Fort Howard until she was thirteen.

disposition
given as gift to a Strahl relative
Child's play dishes
(no photo)
provenance
origin unknown, property of Lillie Strahl Cardinal, then household of Alton Cardinal
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#dishes

Child's Dishes

This set of china is a small tea set for children to play with. There are also two pewter castors.

These items belonged to my mother, Lillie Strahl Cardinal, and date back to her childhood in the 1880's. I do not know exactly how or when she got them, but they were among her prized possessions.

disposition
unknown
Match box
(no photo)
provenance
origin unknown, household of Gilbert and Lillie Cardinal in 1920s, then remained in house after their deaths, then household of Alton Cardinal
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#matchbox

Match Box

This match box was used by my parents for many years. I don't know its origin, but I remember it in the basement at 132 South Oneida Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin, from the mid-1920's. It was mounted near the furnace and remained there when the house was sold to Carl and Marian Sippel in 1950 or 1951. They continued to use the box for matches in the basement until 1982. They gave it to me for Christmas 1982. It continues in use for matches beside our Franklin stove.

The box is wall-mounted of cast iron, and is of self-closing design. It measures about 3¾″ × 2¼ × 1″ – just right for a handful of wooden kitchen matches. These words are cast on the lid: Self Closing – for matches &c. – Patented Dec. 20, 1864 – D.N & Co. – New Haven. The bottom is made rough as a place to scratch the matches. The remainder is coated with black enamel.

In 1983, I removed the original enamel and recoated it with new black enamel.

disposition
sold with house at 412 North Locust Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Comode
(no photo)
provenance
household of Mary Ann Johnston Cardinal until 1913, then household of Gilbert and Lillie Cardinal, then household of Alton Cardinal
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#comode

Comode

This piece of furniture was my Grandmother Cardinal's. I don't know its previous history, but she gave up house keeping in 1913, so it must have been old then. It was a dark stained finish, painted white in the 1920's for use in our bath room. One of the towel rack bars was broken as early as I remember and has been removed.

disposition
unknown, probably sold 2005 $85
Gameboard
(no photo)
provenance
purchased by Gilbert Cardinal 1918 or 1919, then household of Alton Cardinal
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#gameboard

Game Board

This game board measures about 29″ square with mesh pockets at the four corners. It was patented by The Carrom Company, Ludington, Michigan. This is Style E, No. 1 Archarena. It is designed to play Carroms (registered) and checkers on one side and croquinol on the reverse side, as well as many other games. It came with an instruction book (now lost) covering 57 games (I think). Playing pieces are wooden rings in red, green, and clear, black. There are also two wooden cues 26″ long.

The game set was bought in 1918 or 1919 by my father, Gilbert Cardinal, while we lived at Oneida. He particularly enjoyed playing Carroms with my mother and me.

A few of the rings have broken.

disposition
unknown
Moustache cup
(no photo)
provenance
unknown
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#moustache_cup

Moustache Cup

From the home of Gilbert Cardinal. History not known.

disposition
sold 2005 $15
Billfold
(no photo)
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#billfold

Billfold and $1 Bill

Owned by Gilbert H. Cardinal. [Large size bill; 1923 silver certificate.]

disposition
unknown
Bill, silver certificate
(no photo)
provenance
owned by Gilbert Cardinal and retained by the family
note
large size 1 dollar silver certificate, 1923, M19174682B
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#billfold
[text shown above]
disposition
currently owned, kept with important papers
Meat cleaver
(no photo)
provenance
unknown, see notebook entry for story
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#cleaver

Butcher's Clever with sword handle

Used in Napolean's army.

The sword handle was probably a replacement, used instead of a regular handle because no other was available.

It was later found in a Wisconsin blacksmith's trash pail.

The rescuer brought it home and his wife used it to cut kindling. (Early 1800's.)

It travelled with them to Washington [state] and back, when it got its real workout chopping wood (1930's).

disposition
sold 2005 $32.50
Spanish American War diary
(no photo)
provenance
used by Gilbert Cardinal during Spanish American War
note
Gilbert saw little action, military or otherwise
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#diary

Diary

Gilbert H. Cardinal

Mostly during War with Spain (1898). He served in Porto Rica [sic].)

disposition
sold 2005 $8
Spanish American War mess kit
(no photo)
provenance
used by Gilbert Cardinal during Spanish American War
note
Gilbert saw little action, military or otherwise
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#diary
[text shown above]
disposition
sold 2005 $75
Spanish American War uniform
(no photo)
provenance
used by Gilbert Cardinal during Spanish American War
note
Gilbert saw little action, military or otherwise
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#diary
[text shown above]
disposition
sold 2005 $37.50 with related items
Spoon
(no photo)
provenance
unknown
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#orange_spoon

Orange spoon

For eating oranges cut in half.

disposition
unknown
Pen stamp
(no photo)
provenance
property of Lillie Roy Strahl Whipple, around 1900
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#pen_stamp

Combination Pen, Pencil, Stamp

Mrs Frank Whipple

probably 1900

disposition
unknown
Pen
(no photo)
provenance
unknown, see notebook entry
notebook_reference
OldThings.html#pen
[text shown above]
disposition
unknown
3-prong fork
20160727_0001
provenance
unknown, believed to have been from household of Lillie and Gilbert Cardinal, then household of Alton Cardinal, then household of Peter Cardinal
note
used as a gardening/potting fork
condition
very good, rusting, one tine lost small part at tip
disposition
owned as of July 2016
20160727_0002 20160727_0003 20160727_0004

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