Out of the Museum

Meet the new Lincoln Area Archives Museum docent

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Where: Beermann Plaza at 640 5th St.

When: Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

Free: Donations always accepted



Do you know what was formerly at the site of Lincoln Woman’s Club on E and Fifth streets? If you know, please send answers to Answers will appear in next week’s newspaper.

As for last week’s mystery scale, Carol Silva, now from Lincoln Hills, knew its purpose.

“My father and grandfather used a scale just like this to weigh sacks of grain,” Silva explained. “The grain was mainly oats as we lived in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. I remember this from the early 1940s.”

Onalee Grout Spoor donated last week’s featured scale to the museum. Her father had the Shell Oil business in Lincoln where the Shell Station now stands on Lincoln Boulevard between 2nd and Third streets. There were tall, storage tanks. Spoor’s late husband, Kelsey, eventually took over the business for his father-in-law. (Just south of Shell Oil was the Standard Oil tanks, which the Williams family operated.)

Spoor donated the scale to the Lincoln Area Archives Museum last month and became a museum docent this month. A longtime Lincolnite and Lincoln High School graduate, she has knowledge of an earlier time in Lincoln and stories about how it has grown.

Drop by the downtown museum, say hi to Spoor, see her scale and another one from the Jansen Grainery.

Lincoln Area Archives Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

- Carol Feineman