Baker Memories Day draws crowd to Baker Block to reminisce

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Visitors to Baker Memories Day enjoy fresh, homemade ice cream churned by Baker Block Museum volunteer Jerry Champion, right.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 09:17 PM.

BAKER — Memories of days gone by are fresh in the minds of visitors to the Baker Block, who now eagerly anticipate the November Baker Heritage Festival following Saturday's Baker Memories Day.

In the Baker Block Museum, a U.S. Marine Corps dress uniform cover drew John Griffin, 7, to the display of military memorabilia as he and his brother Daniel, 10, explored the eclectic collection.

The brothers, visiting the Block for Baker Memories Day from Holt with their mom, Evelyn, tried on several of the displayed uniform hats, John giving a snappy salute as he donned the Marine cover.

"That hat's too small for you," John said, laughing, as a Boy Scout field cap perched atop his brother's head.

At the end of the Baker Block porch, the Baker Mercantile welcomed visitors, some of whom remembered when the original Mercantile filled most of the building.

"They have some nice things in there," Crestview resident Joann Smith of Crestview said, emerging from the store. "When I was a little girl we'd come in the Mercantile for candy when we'd come to Baker to visit Maw-maw and Paw-paw.

"To a little girl, it seemed like they sold everything under the sun," she added.

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