Dibble House museum receives heirlooms
The Dibble House museum recently had some visitors from the Beck branch of the Robbins family. They came bearing family heirlooms for the museum archives.
Among them were a countertop display case from the Robbins store that was used to display thread and notions, an 1891 ledger from the store, and a large box of ephemera – various papers, photos, stereoscope cards, and yearbooks, according to the Molalla Area Historical Society.
"I can't wait for warmer weather so that the accessions and library team can further explore and document these treasures," said Iris Riley, MAHS president.
The store ledger is a special treasure, Riley said, providing a day-to-day glimpse into the lives of the early denizens of Molalla.
Did you know that Annie Stubbs Clifford, first Postmistress of Molalla, worked at the store before she was married? Per the historical society, her $20-per-month salary went for stays, vests, shoes, hats, ribbons, fabrics, and everything a young lady of the day would need to be well turned out.
Mrs. Julia Dibble traded her butter and eggs for candy on a regular basis. Indian Henry traded his tanned buckskins, gloves and hides for bacon, flour and sugar. Everyone "traded" at the Robbins store.
Of course, the Becks wanted to view their family "trail quilt," the Oregon Rose. This quilt is an esteemed part of the museum's quilt collection. It was made in the early 1850s by Indiana neighbors of the Jacob and Sarah Robbins family for their 1852 overland journey to Oregon.