Gun collection focus at outdoor show

The Warren County Historical Society is putting together an exciting exhibit for the Warren County Outdoor, Travel and Gun Show at the Warren Mall this Saturday and Sunday. The popular annual event is scheduled for January 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Numerous guns from the DeFrees Antique Gun Collection at the Wilder Museum of Warren County History, Irvine, have been selected by curators Rodger Shattuck and Skip Trumbull to be on display. Drilling rifles, sporting rifles, dueling pistols, a 17th Century matchlock, and many more rare weapons will be available for viewing. Of particular interest is the pistol used by Norman Moon when he shot and killed sitting Judge Allison Wade in 1954. These unique artifacts are certain to be interesting and educational.

A new exhibit highlighting Warren’s largely unknown contribution to cigar manufacturing will also be available to peruse. This display features cigar-making tools such as cigar cutters, molds, a patented “spray dampener,” many locally handmade cigar boxes from brands such as the Steber Cigar Factory (Warren’s premier cigar manufacturer, 1874-1937), and more. Remnants of the Steber brand can be still be seen downtown. While on the Hickory Street bridge and stopped at the red light at Pennsylvania Avenue, one can look to the right at the back of the buildings lining the river and see Steber’s name faintly visible on brick veneer, a lingering allusion to Warren’s past.

Copies of maps dated as early as 1895, numerous books, and Warren County Historical Society’s tri-annual publication Stepping Stones will be available for purchase. For more information, call 723-1795, visit www.warrenhistory.org, or like the Warren County Historical Society on Facebook.