Annie Oakley & KitchenAid

Posted by on June 25, 2017

June 22 & 23

Adding the new map back to the slide wall

We stayed home Thursday and didn’t do a whole lot.  Michael did work in the basement some…just organizing this to his liking mostly.  We kinda just threw stuff in its general home when we unpacked the U-Haul so we’ll have more of that kinda stuff to do.

Since Heartland replaced the side wall on our door-side slide we had to replace the decals that were on it and I finally got a chance to put our map up.

Lasagna assembly

I also tried a new Instant Pot recipe…lasagna!  I was a bit apprehensive as I’ve tried all kinds of different lasagna recipes over the years and was never really happy with any of them.  However…this one was very easy and turned out great…so much so that I’ll make it again…and probably again…  If you’re interested in the recipe, click HERE.

Friday we were out the door about 8:30 am as we were headed to Greenville, Ohio about 50 miles north.  Unfortunately, it started raining before we left home and pretty much rained all day.  Thankfully, much of our destinations were indoors so the rain didn’t dampen the day at all.

Annie Oakley – dubbed ‘Little Sure Shot’ by Sitting Bull

When we arrived in Greenville we stopped at Annie Oakley Memorial Plaza…just a small square on the center of town where the town has erected a statue of the tiny sharp shooter.  While Annie wasn’t born in Greenville she was born about 11 miles north in Brock…the town claims her as their own.

The Garst Museum opened at 10:00 am and we wanted to be there as close to that as possible so that we could see as much of it as possible before we need to be at the Kitchen Aid factory by 12:15 pm.

Michael could have spent a lot more time in the military area…

We arrived a few minutes before 10:00 am and waited for the rain to slow a bit before paying our $10.00 admission.  We were given a brief overview of the museum by the woman at the front desk and then began our self-guided tour.

The museum covers several different subjects:  Annie Oakley, the military, the Greenville Treaty, Lowell Thomas and Commander Zachary Landsdowne and the crash of the Airship Shenandoah.  They also have quite a few village rooms set up to reflect what they would have looked like in the early 1900s.

This just touches the surface of the artifacts and memorabilia to be found at the Garst Museum.  We could have spent quite a bit more time there but had an agenda to follow so had to speed things up a bit.

Just a small section of drive up wall…

Before moving on to the KitchenAid factory we stopped at the Maid-Rite Drive Through just down the street from the Museum.  I’d found this little hole in the wall on Roadside America but not so much because of the sandwiches but more because of the gum covered drive up wall.  I have to tell you it really isn’t an appetizing sight!

An Iowa Maid-Rite with cheese & pickles

We’d tried Maid-Rite sandwiches once before in Iowa…where I believe the originate.  It was several years ago and neither of us thought much of them but thought we’d give them another try.

This time around we both enjoyed them very much.  Just a ‘loose-meat’ sandwich on a bun with the option of adding cheese, mustard, onions and/or pickles…kinda like a sloppy joe without the sauce.

Michael got everything on his except for pickles and I went with just cheese and pickles.  We both agreed we’d get them again.  This place was more of a ‘mom & pop’ type place while the first time we had them was at more of a franchise…maybe that’s what made the difference?

Ready for our tour!

The KitchenAid tour was due to start at 12:30 pm but because so many people arrived (no reservations necessary) they had to break us up into two groups.

There was quite a bit of disorganization and confusion in trying to get another tour guide and helper wrangled but they finally made it happen.

Finally, after donning our headsets & safety goggles our tour started about 30 minutes late.  The gentleman who was our tour guide was very knowledgeable but spoke very fast, trying to get everything in in the allotted time, that it made the tour a bit of a downer for me.

There are currently 80 different colors for KitchenAid mixers!

It was still interesting to see all the parts and being able to see what they looked like before and after they went through paint.  I also decided that assembly line work was definitely not for me.  Workers were stacked one after the other and had 28 seconds to do whatever job it was they needed to do.

Interestingly enough neither Michael or I knew that KitchenAid has been around since 1919 and first started out as a door-to-door business.  Those first KitchenAid mixers weighed 65 pounds and cost $189.50!!

Annie is second from the left…the others are family members

After the tour, we headed north to the Brock Cemetery to pay our respects to Annie Oakley.  Definitely not a hard grave to find as it’s a small cemetery and Annie’s grave is very well marked.

By the time we got to the cemetery it was raining pretty hard so we donned some hats and made our way to the grave, took a few pictures and scurried back to the dry inside of the truck!


As we headed back to Dayton we made a stop for a United Dairy Farmers (UDF) malt.  Our friend, Donna, grew up in Ohio and told us we had to try one…so we did…chocolate for me, strawberry for Michael.  A nice treat to end our day.



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