Article about David Smith Fletcher's antique shop
impounded Among His Souvenirs the h ' o, ' ; I per' i I pre| i Here's a man with time on his hands--in fact, all kinds of time. Time of day, day of month and of year David S. Fletcher, one of Utah's arch collectors, stands with relics surrounded in his shop. Over the years he's forged a long chain of links with the past, the tie that binds present in a curious mixture of old and new. the Antique Collector Fills Quaint Shop With Valuable Mementos Larry Evans ; Fleeh- ! 1863. 'dafnot Â·Â·Â·Liverpool, England, to Ogden 'in It crossed the ocean in a veÂ«l Â«d long ago wanting to buy a rai-e old pioneer plate -- she had the other five. But Mr. Fletcher wouldn't sell. The lady offered $5, $10, $15 and $20. Finally, in desperation she went up to $37. Still no soap. I can't understand what's the wagon. Owner was Mrs. Sidney Stevens. Referring to the collection, Mr. Fletcher says: "In starting the collection I had In mind more the relic value of the piece than the antique value. I collected those items connected matter with you," she said peev-, with the early pioneer life in Og- ishly. "I've offered much than it's worth." Loves Relics Â· same thing's the matter with me! that's the matter with you. I love | every old relic and antique in this ! store. I'm as fond of my one plate you are your five and it I sell to you I would feel the loss as keenly as you would if you lost your five." The lady considered this for a moment, then said she was sorry being upset. "I didn't realize," she said, "that somebody else might feel as I do about old things." It's probably not so rare an "itch" Mr. Fletcher has, but he's been "scratching" it so long he's a storcful of everything from Franklin stoves to pickle cruets. It's a quaint little world of old dressers, dark brown cabinets and coffee pots. Niched back in among the furniture is a desk where Fletcher often pores over old city directories dating back to more' den and Weber county and if possible possible those with interesting pioneer pioneer stories. Not all the pieces having local relic value have an- value, but many have rela- by Dr. Chester E. Coulter about years ago to heat his office above the old Horrocks store at 2427 Washington. Fletcher also has the kerosene lamp with green overlay shade used by Dr. Coulter to light his office. ' In the gay nineties baby-buggy making was a fine art. There's a ] high-wheeled perambulator in the collection made of wicker upholstered upholstered in green velvet. The proud parents were Mr. and Mrs. James McFarlane, formerly of 1624 Washington, Washington, A past salesman for John Scowcroft Scowcroft and sons company, Mr. McFarlane McFarlane won the buggy 58 years ago during a Utah sales promotion campaign put on by the Heekins Coffee company of Cincinnati, Ohio. Like all truly imbued collectors, Mr. Fletcher isn't interested in selling selling anything. He just likes to it around. He's got : teas. There's dairy equipment: Churns (rotary and dasher) wooden bowls, spoons, paddles, skimmers and butter moulds. In most early-day kitchens were coffee grinders for grinding beans as needed. There were spice cabinets cabinets hanging on the wall with separate lettered drawers for each spice. Towels were draped from wooden rings on comb and brush cases. Spinning: Wheels and Kettles They had spinning wheels and later the hand washing machine. All these items are in the collection. collection. Bottoms of the older tea 1883, old L. D. S. church books, ] kettles and coffee pots are pressed even Weber college Acorns and Og-! down about an inch. high Classicums back to 1904. In use the lids of the stoves were tor years ago. And such pictures! Oils, pastels, charcoal and crayons. Kensingtons and samplers by Ogden and Utah artists. Pictures that hung on the walls of early local pioneers. There's an oil "Kittens at Play. painted by Carl Anderson, early Ogden artist who lived at 2646 Jefferson. Jefferson. He taught at Weber academy and was art supervisor of the Ogden city schools when he died. Painting!!, Photographs A beautiful landscape in oil was done by Edgar DeLamaster, who, born in California, came to Ogden 1871 when he was 12. Then there are photographs of the Ogden fire department of the days beyond recall, football teams and other venerable gatherings preserved preserved forever in faded browns grays. He's got an exciting statue of Venus de Milo about four feet tall brought to Ogden by Luke Crawshaw. Crawshaw. very popular Ogden sculp- c g n e d Crawshaw used the statue as a model for one he did just like it be presented to Weber stake academy. Presentation was made 21, 1899, and accepted by Louis 'Moench. But for the past 40 years it has been missing. Mr. Fletcher would probably give one of his prize caster cruets get hold of it. Meanwhile, he contents himself with contemplating the one Crawshaw brought home with him from France. It sits on the stair landing of Fletcher's Fletcher's house in all its creamy plaster glory. But the clocks -- they toll and tick away in a time all their own. There's a hand-carved black, walnut walnut cuckoo made in Germany about years ago. Not only does the cuckoo come out every hour but a quail and boblink pop up every 15 minutes. William R. Smethers, past principal principal of Pingree and Lincoln schools, brought it here in 1902. was old then. There's a French clock, a fine specimen in bronze, adorned with small cast figures and Grecian mcdal'ions. Calendar Clock Those -perennial old clocks in black walnut cases seen in so many Ogden homes even today are there with china clocks and one calendar clock -- a real wonder. It not only tells the time of but also the day of the week, of the month and month of the year. The day changes every midnight the months on tbe last day. leap year is accounted for. A music box, harpsichord and old cylinder record Edison. phonographs are there too. The music box has two carved doves the cover and .was brought from finger of stone risen up out of the land of dur fathers. Sheriff Picks Up Stealing Suspect A 21-year-old Salt Lake City man has bÂ«en arrested by Sheriff Mac M. Wade and special deputies on charges of theft in regards to interstate commerce shipments. Being held in the county jail here for federal bureau of investigation investigation agents is Floyd Harris, 21. He was arrested In Salt Lake City by Sheriff Wade, and Special Deputies Deputies Clair Buttars and Hyrum removed so the depressed bottoms sat nearer the flames. He has a toddy kettle of this type called nowadays a five o'clock tea. He bought it from Mrs. Ethel R, Lewis, 614 Twenty-first. The little brass kettle over the five-o'clock hangs from a wrought iron hook over a small alcohol burner. It was used when grandpa grandpa wanted a hot toddy and there was no fire in the coal stove. auto supply company in which The Dewey XXX hand washer i Harris, was reportedly Involved ders. Investigation of the case was started here following the recovery of loot taken in the thefts. Investigation Investigation is also being made into the burglary of the 'Salt Lake was made in Ogden in 1898. named for Admiral Dewey oÂ£ Spanish- American 1 war fame. In Mr.-FIetch- er's 3902 Ogden city directory the ad reads: "A wonderful invention. Cleans soiled clothes without the least injury injury to the finest fabric. Does the Faculty members Â«..- ,,,..,,,...,. work in half the time required by I body officers were introduced Faculty Presented At Weber High ' any other machine, crated by a child." It can be op- j day"to several hundred Weber i school students at opening-day Two new teachers, Leonard Rowley, Rowley, social sciences, and Mrs. Shir ley Sullivan, home economics, were iÂ»troduced and spoke briefly. Principal Principal Roy Metcalf also talked. Student bodv officers arc Brent president; Sharon Stcph ens, vice president; Laurene Budge, secretary, and Don Hull, treasurer. There are china are different silver When a father is killed in an auto accident, the family often often is awarded 510,000 or more for loss of support dur- Â· Ing the growing years of the children. Does this mean that the $5000/$10,000 cover- small frame building on the corner of Twenty-fifth and Washington, where the Broom hotel now stands. age is not enough to protect a driver today? Fletcher got it from Wade's sister, Mrs. Isabell Allred, a native Blackburn-Jones Go. He's also got the genuine Franklin Franklin portable fire place, designed by lightning-rod Ben to be moved from room to room as the occasion demanded. demanded. There are three, one used Then there are different kinds \ sembly. of sad or flat irons -- some heated | on the top of a coal stove, Irish irons heated with charcoal and Geneva flutters made in 1886 used to iron ruffles. He's got all kinds of pottery and china. There are caster-cruet sets by the dozens, early American glass, silver plate, tea pots, sugar bowls, creamers, spooners, celery vases, pickel cruets, butter dishes, glass novelties like hats, slippers, hcn-on-thc-nest and ink wells. Moustache Cups, Too Among the cups and saucers are many moustache cups both tea and coffee and friendship saucers with their quaint mottoes lettered in gold. ~ and porcelain plates . painted floral and fruit designs, in- eluding a set of blue English plates --made --made for W. H. .Wright and Sons and given to their customers one a year for six years. There are differei china shaving mugs and German and Swiss beer mugs. One very large German mug embossed with a picture of Teddy Roosevelt riding riding an elephant was made in 1908 to commemorate Teddy's wild animal animal hunt. A glass ink well belonged to W, A. Wade, druggist, who in the late seventies owned a drug store in a Mr, pioneer.