Foot Selfies Wanted

We’ve got a brand new exhibit at the Weyerhaeuser Museum and we want you to be a part of it. The exhibit is called “Saunter: On the Path of the Pedestrian” and it focuses on feet, legs, and perambulation. There are lots of great shoes in the exhibit, along with crutches, a polio leg brace, and a baby carriage.

Another portion of the “Saunter” exhibit is devoted to foot selfies. We’re interested in showing visitors how people dress their feet and legs today. That means we want to see your shoes, socks, casts, prosthetic legs, wheel chairs … whatever you use to saunter about.

We have a number of foot selfies already on exhibit, but we have  more space to fill. If you visit the museum and want to be part of the exhibit, staff will photograph your feet and make a print.

If you’d rather, you can email a foot selfie to contactstaff@morrisoncountyhistory.org and we’ll print the photo for our exhibit. We’re including only first names, the month and year on our photos, so unless you have very unique feet or legs, your identity is safe with us.

Come on in to the Weyerhaeuser Museum and see how we “Saunter.” The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday year-round, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Collections Carousel – Marian (Frisk) Karhula’s Braided Rug, Circa 1945

Marian (Frisk) Karhula’s Braided Rug. Circa 1945

Women’s cotton stockings, in colors ranging from white, cream, tan and brown to dark grey and black, were the materials used to make this 30″ diameter flat braided rug. Donated to the Morrison County Historical Society in 2010 by Marian (Frisk) Karhula, the rug represents a centuries old handcraft that can be found in various cultures across the world. Braiding is a simple, versatile technique that is well suited for rug making and is especially adaptable to rugs such as this one, which are made from used or worn clothing or other textiles. The technique involves cutting strips of material that are folded and woven into braids. These are then tightly wound into a flat, usually oval, rug. The braids are held in place through hand stitching, as is the case with Marian’s rug, or by looping a string through folded strips on opposite sides of the braids. Practical, durable and decorative, the making of braided rugs has typically been handed down from mothers and grandmothers to their daughters and grandchildren.

Marian (Frisk) Karhula may have made this rug as a young newly wed for use in her new home. Marian and her husband, Eli, were married on June 18, 1936, in Little Falls, Minnesota. Rag rugs or rugs made from worn textiles were popular during the 1930s. Marian was born on January 28, 1916, to Carl and Selma Frisk. Marian grew up in Randall, Minnesota, and moved to Little Falls with her parents in 1935, one year before marrying Eli. Eli was born in Parkertown township in Morrison County, Minnesota, on August 3, 1909, to Matti and Anna Karhula. Eli helped his father on the family farm until 1935, when he became the sole owner and began farming on his own. Eli and Marian did not have any children. Eli’s father lived with them until one year before his death in 1964.

Marian (Frisk) Karhula’s Braided Rug (detail), Circa 1945

Collections Carousel – Planet Jr. Walking Cultivator, 1919

Planet Jr. Walking Cultivator, 1919

The growing season has finally arrived in Minnesota after a long hard winter. Farmers and gardeners who are madly rushing to care for their quickly growing tender new plants might wish they had this nifty tool, a 1919 Planet Jr. walking cultivator. Manufactured by S. L. Allen & Co., Inc. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the walking cultivator was part of a line of farm and garden tools sold under the Planet Jr. name that were known for their quality, durability and innovative design. Depending on which attachment was hooked to the frame, the cultivator could be used as a hoe, plow, seeder or cultivator. Designed by Samuel Leeds Allen (1841-1918), inventor of agricultural implements and company founder, this labor-saving device was touted for its indestructible slotted steel high arch frame. The frame design allowed for the various attachments and for working around larger late season plants. Allen was awarded almost three hundred patents during his lifetime, receiving his first patent for a seed drill when he was twenty-seven. His most famous invention was the Flexible Flyer, a snow sled with steel runners that could be easily steered. The flyer was patented in 1889 reportedly as a way to keep the business from having to lay off its employees during the winter months. Allen was known as a progressive and caring business owner. His company was one of the first to offer disability and retirement plans for its work force. Established in 1868, the company remained in business until 1968 when it was sold to Leisure Group of California.

The Planet Jr. walking cultivator was donated to The Morrison County Historical Society by A. L. Ozzie Schwegman of Little Falls, Minnesota.

Planet Jr. Walking Cultivator, 1919

Planet Jr. Walking Cultivator,1919 – Frame Arch