A Coca-Cola bottle, dating back to approximately 1914, reads This bottle belongs to Frank A Lynch of Circleville, Ohio. "When I was a teenager," says Lemon, "I lived next door to Frank Lynch....He owned the Coca-Cola bottling company."
The Coke bottle is just one example of the assorted glassware the museum has on display; the glassware gives us a glimpse of life in the days when everything was still hand-made.
The Ashville Hotel was a central attraction in the town, until it was torn down in 1937. "I remember that room on the left," says Ward-Hines. "We used to go in there and buy candy." The front step of the hotel—the only remaining part of the building—is now incorporated into a small village square next to the museum. The square also contains the front step of the Citizen's Telephone Company—now gone—which was also in town.
Pictured in front of the Ashville Hotel is Ward-Hines' father, who used to don a hula skirt during Ashville's Fourth of July parade.
During the Second World War, everything was in short supply. In an effort to conserve valuable resources, the government issued war-ration coupons. These ration coupons were used for everyday items such as sugar or meat; they were also used for gasoline and tires. Because, during the war, the Japanese cut off our foreign supplies of natural rubber, tires became a precious commodity. In order to save your tires, "you were not allowed to drive faster than 35 miles an hour [during WWII]," recalls Lemon.
It will take little prompting indeed to have Lemon honk the vintage 1910 Ford horn for you.
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