Ever been to Calumet, Michigan? Its a wonderful little town, especially it’s main street. There are several shops of interest for me. I found myself, as usual, looking for “Lincoln” or “Civil War” treasures. I was not unsuccessful!
The first item is a total mystery! I purchased it for five dollars. I asked several other store owners if they had ever seen anything like it. They all replied in the negative. I searched on-line for information but came up with nothing. What is it you ask? An empty Club Soda pop bottle—made by the Lincoln Bottling Company out of Chicago. Yes, images of Abraham Lincoln have been everywhere and on everything! I’ve never seen or heard of it-or the Lincoln Bottling Company-have you? Please share if you have. Here are a few pictures of the bottle:
Next item for consideration is a Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) flag stand. These cast iron flag stands were used for flags or banners in the local GAR posts all over America for the meetings of the Union army veterans who had returned home honorably and wanted to “keep green the memory” of what they did in the War of 1861-65. Can anyone tell me what flag or banner would go in the GAR stand? I would guess it would have been the post banner? Anyway, it was a real find for me:
And speaking of the GAR, I picked up a delegate GAR medal. The ribbon is not original but the other pieces are. Nice find!
Finally, I visited the Lakeview Cemetery in Calumet. There is a beautiful Veteran’s Section there-with- lo and behold-Union soldiers buried there! There were over a dozen I’d say. The centerpeice of the section is a monument of a Union Soldier with dedication to those who served in the Civil War and the Spanish War. This really made my day:Mail this post