Crane's Adds to Tradition
From spittoons to glass slippers, even ice cream scoops have a place in the new addition.
"Whenever I see an ice cream scoop, I buy a scoop. You never know when you might need one," Joe said.
That's the mentality of the Crane's: Never sell anything. But there are those who try to buy it.
"Pad answer is, what would I do with the money? Then, they look at you kinda funny. I say, I sell it and get your money, then I spend that money. Then, I don't have my stuff or the money so why would I sell it," Joe explained.
Joe buys his treasures at auctions. Looking for museum treasures is a full-time hobby. Joe's wife, Marlene, says it's kept him going.
"When you go home and sit in your rocking chair, you die," Marlene Crane said.
The museum is housed in the same building as Marlene's, a restaurant and ice cream shop.
"Joe always said he was gonna put my name in lights. Without my consent, I came down here and there it was," Marlene said about the neon sign over her restaurant.
"We get a lot of highway traffic from the name on the sign. They assume that Marlene's Restaurant is a local, home cooked atmosphere with good food and clean. And, we are," Jan Gray, the manager at Crane's and Marlene's, said.
Before the museum and restaurant were built two years ago, Crane's-goers got their antique fix and meals from the country store.
"One meat, one cheese, one dollar. We're not making any money, but we're hoping to make friends," Joe said.
The country store has just as much of a nostalgic feel as the museum. You can even buy groceries the old-fashioned way.
"We still do the old charges. Pay by the month, some months, or some never pay," Joe said.
Whether at the country store or in the museum and restaurant, Crane's takes you back in time.
"We hope that everybody understands that we wish to leave this to the community as a part of their history," Marlene said.
The moral of this story is never throw anything away, you never know when you might need it. And if you can't find a place for it, Joe is always looking for new treasures.
The admission fee for the museum is $5 and the pass is good for a whole year.