Sample of hand written pages in "Pipeography of Men"

The “Pipeography of Men” was written by Bernard M. “Bun” McPharlin of Hastings, Michigan from 1966-1976. This hand written document catalogs his large collection of pipes. He put a number or letter on each pipe in his care and, rather than describing the pipe itself, described the original owner of the piece. It is a unique book that gives us a glimpse of Barry County, Michigan life from around 1920 – 1970.

Bernard “Bun” McPharlin lived and worked in Hastings for most of his life. He was born in Cadillac, Michigan in 1907, the son of George and Marie McPharlin and they moved to Hastings when Bun was still young. He had one child with his first wife Nellie; they divorced in 1927. Bun was a veteran of WWII and served as a rifleman and was discharged in 1943. He married his second wife Gracie in 1950, and she gave him many pipes for his collection.

From old city directories, we know he worked for Consumers Power Co. and sold pipes at Baird’s Clothing Store and Water’s Clothing Shop, which was located at 138 E. State St. in downtown Hastings. He opened his own clothing business, Bun McPharlin’s Clothing Store, with a number of associates in approximately 1957. Bun ran the store until he retired in 1972. He retired to Sarasota, Florida where he passed away in 1990. He is buried in Hastings Riverside Cemetery.

Charlton Park is lucky to have this well cared for and documented collection of 82 pipes. Below are images and Bun’s personal descriptions of a few of the pipes in his collection.

Sources:
McPharlin, Bernard M. Pipeography of Men. c. 1976.
Barry County Historical Society. Barry County Veterans of the World War II Era. J-Ad Graphic, Hastings, MI. 2002.
“A Man and His Collection: Bernard McPharlin and His Pipes” – 1995 Charlton Park Exhibition, prepared by Sue Pufpaff.

 
 
 

This pipe was used by "Ray Branch". This pipe was a gift to Ray from "Bing Crosby" while he was President of a National Theater Organization. Ray was a member of the Hastings Country Club. Hastings Rotary life member B.P.O.E. He operated the Strand Theater in hastings for many years. Organized the Hastings Hotel Corp. The Hastings Locker Plant. His sons are Ray-Robert & Richard. Smoked and owned by Walter A. Spaulding, Postmaster of Milo-Farmer and grain mill operator. Walter's grandfather was one of the early pioneers of Milo and Doster area. The Spaulding farm was owned by the succeeding heirs for over a hundred years. This pipe and several others of his were given to me after his death in about 1934 to 1936. (Corn cob)

This pipe belonged to Charles Smith "Scottie". Born in Alexandria, Scotland. His trade in the Mother Country was a fabric - blockprinter. He came to the United States and later to Hastings, Michigan in 1923. He worked for the Hastings Manufacturing Company in piston ring production until his retirement. He is the father of Agnes - Industrial Nurse at Hastings Mfg. Co. His religion - Presbyterian. Pipe given to me 11/20/(19)58.

Given to me by Angelo Spiris. Angelo Spiris was a native of Greece. He obtained the pipe for me while visiting the home land. He was a veteran of WWI, a member of the American Legion, and also a commander of the local post. He operated a tavern on Jefferson St. from the late thirties to the early fifties and later a restaurant on West State St. in the Hendershott Bldg.

Pipe owned and smoked by Dr. Chas. (Charles) McIntyre. He left it in the store one day while using the telephone. I informed him that I wanted it for my collection. Very humorous and interesting man. A school teacher. Operated a drug store in the Village Woodland and later an M.D. One of the best. No one to compare with. Both of his sons were medics: Dr. Kenneth McIntyre and Dr. Charles McIntyre. Dr. McIntyre was one fo the co-founders of the Hastings Savings & Loan, and a booster of the Pennock Hospital and the first enlargement.

 

Given to me by Joseph Kidder, son of Arthur Kidder. First met Joe at Saint Rose School when the family first moved to Hastings from Nashville. Later in high school the four years together like two brothers. The pipe is Austrian in origin. I received it about 1925. His father, Arthur E. Kidder, law partner of Attorney Kim Sigler Office, City Bank Bldg., Hastings. (Hunting scene painted on the ceramic pipe bowl)

Smoked and owned by Walter A. Spaulding, Postmaster of Milo-Farmer and grain mill operator. Walter's grandfather was one of the early pioneers of Milo and Doster area. The Spaulding farm was owned by the succeeding heirs for over a hundred years. This pipe and several others of his were given to me after his death in about 1934 to 1936. (Corn cob)

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This edition’s artifact concerns a Civil War era photo. The members of First Michigan Engineers and Mechanics Co. C are seated on Lookout Mountain in northern Georgia. Wright L. Coffinberry served as Captain of Co. C. James Cutler of Hastings, who enlisted in Marshall on Dec. 24, 1863, sent this photo home to his wife Julia Cutler. Co.C apparently took a cannon to the top of the mountain but could not lower the muzzle enough to fire on the Confederates.

In a letter dated Sept. 12, 1864, Cutler writes his wife, “…as for me i am tough and well as you will see by this picture that i send in this letter” and lists those seated on the rock. Starting at the point: Captain [Coffinberry?], William Roberts (Rutland Twp., MI); George Dannat (Hastings, MI); Wiset [?]; Andrew Beers (Irving Twp., MI); Thomas Heney (Rutland Twp., MI); Abraham H. Drake (Ionia County, MI); back of him Jefferson Turner (Hastings, MI); Charles Wooding (G. Rapids, MI), James Woodruff; Oscar Young; James Cutler; Russ Allen [?]; all of Hastings, MI. Cutler was stationed on Lookout Mountain in April of 1864. Co. C built a steam mill, cut their own lumber and built “homes” for themselves during their rainy stay.

Charlton Park’s Civil War exhibition, “Test of a Nation: Honor of a County”, is on display in the stone Museum Building.

This archive features a recent Charlton Park donation. Although donation of items for the collection is limited, we felt that they were important to the Hastings, MI community. Four pieces of souvenir porcelain depict Hastings landmarks (City Hall, Union School, and the Barry County Courthouse). The images are black transfer and the edges are gilded. The underside of the saucers read: Made by Fr. B.Taylor Co. manufactured for J. F. Whitney & Co. Hastings, Mich. Any company information you may have would be greatly appreciated!

These pieces were donated by Carolyn Loucks Moore and Emelie Loucks Horsley.   They date from around 1900. The pieces originally belonged to LouAnna Poucher Johnson Patton (1866-1954), the donor’s step-grandmother. She lived in Hastings until 1908 and moved to Cloverdale, MI when she remarried. LouAnna and her husband ran the Cloverdale General Store until the late 1920’s. We are pleased to have these items in the collection!

Antique carnival glass was manufactured between the early 1900s and early 1930s, by various companies around the United States and abroad. Carnival Glass received its name because it was used as prizes at carnivals.   

Molten glass was pressed in a two part cast iron mold. The mold was locked together and then a plunger was inserted after the glass was poured in. The plunger was pushed down by a hydraulic press to make sure that the glass was well distributed throughout the mold.  

Once the glass had cooled, it was removed from the mold and reheated so any ruffles or shaping could be added. While it was still hot the surface was sprayed with a metallic salt solution (dope) to give it the irridescence or oil on water appearance.  

There are over 2,000 known carnival glass patterns, most were made by American companies such as Dugan Glass Company, Fenton Art Glass Company, Imperial Glass Company, Northwood Company, U.S. Glass Company, and Millersburg Glass Company. Some companies sold their molds and many were remanufactured starting in the 1970s. To be a true collector, you must do your research! Patterns come in many shapes and are often interchangeable. Discovering the pattern of your Carnival pieces may seem like a treasure hunt, but you will enjoy the search.  

The value of carnival glass lies in its color, which can be determined by holding it up to light and looking through the bottom. Carnival glass items can be found in green, marigold, red, amethyst/purple, aqua, white, cobalt blue, smoke and many shades in between. Carnival glass comes in all the colors of the rainbow!  

Charlton Park has only 17 pieces in its collection, which are fairly standard pieces. Here are some examples from the collection:
 


  • 1. “Imperial Grape” Pattern, in marigold
    Imperial Glass Co.
    Production began in 1912
    8″ diam.
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  • 2. “Triplets” Pattern, in marigold
    Dugan Glass Co.
    Produced between 1904 & 1913
    2.5″ tall, 7″ diam.
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  • 3. “Rococo” Pattern, in marigold
    Imperial Glass Co.
    Production began in 1909
    3″ tall
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  • 4. “Vintage” Pattern, in marigold
    Fenton Art Glass Co.
    Production began c. 1910
    2″ tall, 5.5″ diam.
    Known as a “fernery” bowl, has 3 feet

 

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  • 5. “Grape Arbor” Pattern, in marigold
    Northwood Glass Co.
    Produced between 1910 & 1914
    12″ tall

 

Want to learn more? Check out David Doty’s site: http://www.ddoty.com/index.html. You will be overwhelmed by the shapes, patterns and colors of Carnival Glass!

Sources:

Carwile, M. Standard Companion to Carnival Glass. Collector Books: Paducah, KT. 2007.
Edwards, B. and M. Carwile. Carnival Glass: The Best of the Best. Collector Books: Paducah, KT. 2004.
Edwards, B. and M. Carwile. Standard Encyclopedia of Carnival Glass. Collector Books: Paducah, KT. 2006.
Quintin-Baxendale, M. Collecting Carnival Glass. Francis Joseph Publications: London, England. 2002.
Schroy, E.T. Warner’s Carnival Glass. KP Books: Iola, WI. 2004.