Tuning fork, Turner, ca. 1855

Contributed by Sterling Hinkley through Turner Museum and Historical Society

Tuning fork, Turner, ca. 1855

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Horace True of Turner used this tuning fork for many in his singing schools that he conducted in Turner and surrounding towns.

In 1905, True told the Lewiston Journal, “It was made by our village blacksmith especially to my order, more than fifty years ago.”

The paper reported that it was five times as heavy as any 1905 tuning forks and five times as durable.

True said, “The last singing school I kept was over in Minot and East Hebron. That was just ten years ago, this December to a week. Nobody knows how I miss the schools, these winter evenings, but I’ve got the old singing books and occasionally I get them out and look them over just for old time’s sake----“

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About This Item

  • Title: Tuning fork, Turner, ca. 1855
  • Creation Date: circa 1850
  • Subject Date: circa 1850
  • Local Name: South Turner
  • Town: Turner
  • County: Androscoggin
  • State: ME
  • Media: Iron
  • Dimensions: 12.8 cm x 1.7 cm x 1.2 cm
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Turner Museum and Historical Society
98 Matthews Way, Turner, ME 04282
(207) 225-2629

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