By Floyd Ingram/Chickasaw Journal
HOUSTON – Chickasaw County has a rich history, and soon there will be a place to put that heritage on display.
Dirtwork and grading have been completed, and work on the Chickasaw County Heritage Museum is under way at the site in Joe Brigance Park.
To mark this milestone, two items have been donated for display to the Chickasaw County Historical and Genealogical Society and the community.
“‘T’ Dendy was tearing down a house that belonged to his family recently and found a powder horn in the wall,” said Joe Criddle, a spokesman for the Historical Society. “We also had a gentleman donate an antique replica of a European carriage.”
Criddle said Historical Society members are tracking down the history of both artifacts and documenting what they know.
“My grandparents lived in the house on County Road 90 and I really don’t know how old it was,” said Dendy. “We were knocking it down and Stacy Park and I were looking around. Stacy spotted this old powder horn covered with dust in a wall and pulled it out.”
Dendy said he has talked with family and nobody remembers losing a powder horn or who might have stuck it in the wall for safekeeping.
“That part is a mystery,” said Dendy. “I’ve never seen anyone find something like this in a wall and we were glad to let the Historic Society check into it.”
Criddle said the powder horn appears to be made out of tin and has a hunting scene on both sides. He said the original spout is gone but the horn does have a handmade stopper.
“We believe it to be Civil War era, but the powder horns used in combat were bigger,” said Criddle. “The hunting scene also leads us to believe this one was used for hunting.”
Criddle said similar powder horns found online are selling for $2,800 with those in mint-condition fetching $5,500.
“What is important to the Museum is how it was found and the fact it was found in Chickasaw County,” said Criddle. “The history is always what is important to us.”
The carriage was donated by David Sheley, of Chickasaw County, who said it sat on the desk of Hugo Edel, when he owned the Fortune Club in Las Vegas.
“Sheley said Edel was from Italy and loved Italian antiques,” said Criddle. “It was given to Edel by his grandfather and we believe it is more than 200 years old.
“If this thing could talk, I’m sure it could tell some stories,” Criddle added.