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Donation of the Month


Menu from the Orchard Room
2009.84.1-2
Donor: Wallace Dressler
 
Fine dining is something most of us do only on special occasions.  It is a luxury that one saves up for and dresses for in their best, and then hits the town for a fabulous meal.  How many of us would pick the restaurant behind the local hotel as the place to go?  When it was built, the Orchard Room behind the Harris Hotel was the pinnacle of fine dining.
 
Originally built as the Lane Hotel in 1929 the hotel went bankrupt and was purchased by Earl Harris, owner of the Harris Baking Company.  In 1940 the Orchard Room opened to much fanfare.  The Rogers Democrat wrote it was one of the most “elaborately equipped and beautifully appointed restaurants in the Ozarks region or the state.”  The Orchard Room boasted an unpolished ceiling, copper chandeliers, 15 tables, and a small bar area.  The dishes featured an apple blossom pattern.
 
For fine dining one could choose from several prepared styles of potatoes, relishes, cocktails and appetizers to go with a meal of White River Cat Fish, Oysters, Steak or a sandwich.  Most items ranged from 20 to 75 cents with the exception being the steaks which could run up to $1.25.  Wouldn’t you love to go out for dinner and only spend 45 cents on a half dozen fried oysters!  However, you have to remember it was 1940 and 45 cents was quite a bit of money.
 
If you wanted to go out for a less formal meal, the restaurant also served breakfast which included everything from fruit to waffles.  You could pick and choose from five different meal packages.  For example, No. 2 was a choice of fruit or juice or cereal, one egg (prepared any style), two strips of bacon, toast or roll, coffee, tea or milk, all for 35 cents.
 
The Orchard Room was open even as the hotel continued to change hands.  Today, the restaurant sits vacant along with the majestic hotel.  However, inside it still retains its beautiful wood ceiling, light fixtures, and tables.  One day, the Orchard Room may once again be the place for fine dining in downtown Rogers.
 

More Donations of the Month

Arts & Crafts
Charles Summey Painting
Elsie Sterling Drawings & Photo
Erwin A. Doege pastel
M.E. Oliver’s Strange Scenes in the Ozarks
Roy Harris Carved Wagon
Rogersopoly
Seed Art

War Eagle Store

Household Goods
Andersons Grade A Egg Scale
Applegate Apothecary Bottle
Benton County Wine Bottles
Candles
Circa 1923 Eureka Vacuum Cleaner
First M.E. Church, North souvenir plate, circa 1910
Gasoline powered iron
Grape Press
John Edwards china
Open Salts
Red Wing Crock, 1910s
Rogers Fairgrounds Souvenir
Cut Glass Dresser Box
Marshmallow Toaster
Fairy Lamps
Bubble Up Soda Bottles
Farmers Produce Co. Feed Sack
Butter Molds
Hand Painted China
Flow Blue China
Ritz Christmas Lites
Soap
Stove Top Steamer
Sunbeam Dairy Milk Bottle & Photo

Paper Ephemera, Books, & Photos
Advertising Folding Table
Blueprints
Camp Joyzelle Booklet
Callison-Lough Funeral Home Sketch
1943 Benton County Nursery Company Catalog
Apple Blossom Festival Postcard Booklet, April 1927
B.P.O.E. photo, 1960
Christmas Carols Songbook
Civil War Clothing Ledger
“Coin” Harvey family letters
Edsel Ford Poetry Books
Frisco Railroad Pass
Gold mine photos
Lime Works Stock Certificate
Louise Thaden Note
Menu from the Orchard Room
Cumberland Presbyterian Ladies Cook Book
Rogers Public School catalog, 1892-3
Elizabeth Miller Autograph Books
Discharge Papers
New Year Postcard
Political Campaign Buttons
Women's Study Club Program
Howard Fowler Photographs
Railroad Automatic Car Identification
1933 World's Fair Objects
Tobacco Tax Receipts
Valentines cards
Vandover & Sons Livery Stable Photograph
Printing Blocks
World War II Photos

Toys
Billiken Doll
Russ Troll Doll
Schoenhut Circus Toys
Steiff Teddy Bear
Horse Drawn Wagon
Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb Ring
J.D. Kestner Doll
Winter Sled

Textiles, Clothing, & Clothing Accessories
Confederate Officer’s Artillery Frock Coat?
Apple Blossom Festival Crown
Bicorn Hat
Blackburn Preaching Shirt
Christmas Stocking
Friendship Quilt
Garrett family coverlet, 1860s
Hatpins
Help One Another Club Quilt
Loom
Mary Van Winkle Steele’s Traveling Dress
McClain Family Crazy Quilt
Norman Tailor System dress pattern
Pillbox Hat
Hannah Lumm Dress
Whig Rose Quilt
Celluloid Items
Hair Work Jewelry
Evening Gown
Mesh Hand Bags
Teddy
World War I Uniform
1906 Wedding Gown
Majorette Uniform & Spirit Ribbons

Furniture

1860s Green & Sager Bedstead
Henry Tribble’s Speaker Cabinet
Tom Morgan’s Desk & Chair
W.H. Jewett Piano
Adding Machine Stand
Apple Cider Press
Colonial Revival Dining Room Chair
B.F. Gleason Cooling Table
Grundig Majestic radio

Kroger Shelves

Other
Barbed Wire Samples
Betty Blake’s Composition Stick
Carry A. Nation Hatchet Brooch
Cash Register
Fiddle
Harris Baking Co. Souvenir
“Coin” Harvey Death Mask
KAMO Shovel
Erwin Funk’s Newspaper Convention Badges
Diamond Jubilee Badges
Tracy Lockhart’s Peddler Basket
Van Winkle Lumber
Surveyor's Compass
Remington Revolver
John Deere Corn Sheller
Rogers High School Dedication Stone
Permanent Wave Machine
City of Rogers License Plate
Chaplain's Field Kit
WWI Army helmet & print

Civil War Re-enactor Items
ViewMaster
Lever Action Winchester Model 1892
Silica mining bucket
 

 


 


 

 


 

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