Cheyenne Lockers Memories

March 16th, 2010 in member junk     
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Since I was in the meat business for 36 years I decided to create a display of what the old time meat market looked like. Originally when I bought the Cheyenne Locker in Hoisington, KS. from my father in law, we used the original wooden meat blocks. On the sides we would hang the various knife trays, scrapers and the old time meat cleavers.

In the 1980's after federal regulations we had to remove the old equipment and replace them with all plastic products. I brought some of the equipment and the blocks back home and decided to make a display that commemorated the golden age of meat cutting. Besides the utensils we created faux meats and the sausage area. Much of the stuffing for instance, the ham, potatoes and the sausage casings are filled with pantyhose.

I added the plastic chuck roast later when I found it at a garage sale. The other meat hooks and cleavers I started to find at various sales. Of course the the meat block wouldn't be complete without spices and sugars cans from that time period, along with the needed crockery below. I am also very proud of the handmade butcher knife in the center as well, as the various wooden meat stompers. Not shown in the pictures are several advertisements from the local Central Kansas meat industry circa the 1920's to 1960's.

Besides a good dusting every now and than I created a small replica meat market that never spoils and reminds me of my origins back at the the meat block. I have these items displayed in my back family room where visitors usually use that entrance to come by and visit. Many of them have not seen some of these items in their lives. I really enjoy this exhibit and hope everyone enjoys it as much as I have had collecting it over the years.

Pattern or design used: My own design
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Comments (7)

LloydsLandingofSears writes: Such a quaint memorial to your profession, and I can tell that you still take pride in the things you do - love the display, and thanks for sharing your story. ~Mary~ Posted: 5:15 pm on July 1st
JunkArchitect writes: Robert thanks for the meat history lesson! With all the things you can do with pantyhose you’ve come up with the best idea yet…stuffing a sausage.

Posted: 9:26 am on March 19th
ninnarae writes: Wow- you did a great job at recreation- I can see your attention to detail! Love the pantyhose- very creative! Posted: 10:54 pm on March 17th
suewhitney writes: What a great story! Thanks foe all of the history on the industry, very interesting. Love the display and the knife is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 6:42 am on March 17th
MakinItHappen writes: Great display! I think it's hilarious that you found a plastic chuck roast at a garage sale! Posted: 4:38 pm on March 16th
alicemom writes: Panty hose! what a hoot! It really looks real. Love the display.
smiles, alice Posted: 3:08 pm on March 16th
grannijo writes: How cool! husband was a meatcutter for 37 years,we owned a supermarket for 13 of those and our meat room looked like father -in-law also owned a small grocery with the same set this! so real looking!...thanks for sharing with us...sharon Posted: 6:16 am on March 16th
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