Old Sleepy Eye Collectors Club

Official website of the OSECC

Welcome to the OSECC website for 2015-16!

Hello and welcome to the Old Sleepy Eye Collectors Club website, dedicated to the preservation of Old Sleepy Eye antiques, memorabilia and collectibles. We are continuing to update our site, on a mission to inform others about Old Sleepy Eye, and to allow members to exchange and share information, stories, and ideas. Have fun, we do, JOIN THE CLUB!

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OSECC 40th Annual Convention 2015

Sleep Eye, MN / July 30, 31  Aug. 1

The 2015 convention will be held this year July 30, 31 Aug. 1 at the Orchid Inn , 500 Burnside Street SE, Sleepy Eye, MN 56085. Motels and lodging are at Sleepy Eye, MN – New Ulm, MN – Morton, MN  & Springfield, MN.

Anyone can attend by becoming a club member and then filling out a convention registration form. Just click on the membership tab above to find the forms that can be printed out.


Gallery

 Still working!

We are in still in the process of creating a new gallery   system that will document as many pieces of OSE that we can find.  We’re working on ways to implement the process so that new items can be easily added to the display.  We will continue organizing all of the current imagery and information that has been previously gathered.  Please be patient as we work through this process, thank you.

Ultimately, this section will also included our former websites  ‘OSE items’ and the ‘Commemoratives’ sections.

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Item Gallery

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Picture 1 of 14

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Barrel Label

Sleepy Eye Cream Barrel label

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Stoneware Rose Vase, Stein, Salt and Butter

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The onlypieces put into sacks of flour was the stoneware rose vase, stein, salt and butter as shown above. Directors from different Old Sleepy Eye Milling Co. mills visited several pottery factories and decided upon Weir Pottery Co. in Monmouth, IL. They were awarded a large contract in 1903 to produce these pieces and shipped two boxcar loads of these to the OSE Mill at two different times. Each boxcar contained 500,000 pieces, which would mean there were 1,000,000 produced. The stoneware pieces were put into the flour sacks until they were all gone. The myth, the government made the OSE Milling Co. stop this advertising promotion is a falsehood also. How many of the four pieces were made is a mystery, but there seems to be more of the rose jars that survived. The blue and white, as well as the colored pitchers, were made as open stock and wholesaled to the stores of that period. Rex Beech of Sleepy Eye, MN, is considered an expert on this subject since he has many newspaper articles from that time to back up the historical truth on this subject


The following was taken from the book Monmouth Western Stoneware by Jim Martin and Bette Cooper:

“On the 15th of December, 1905, the stockholders of Weir Pottery Company voted to sell to A. D. Philpot for consolidation of their company with others in the formation of Western Stoneware Company. The bill of sale was dated December 22, 1905, at which time the corporate officers were D. S. Hardin, president; W. B. Weir, vice-president; R. H. McCoy, secretary; and J. U. Ranney, treasurer.  The current Western Stoneware Company plant is on the site of the old Weir Pottery Company. This plant was to become known as Plant Two of Western Stoneware Company.”

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Gallery

Still working!

We are in still in the process of creating a new gallery system that will document as many pieces of OSE that we can find.  We’re working on ways to implement the process so that new items can be easily added to the display.  We will continue organizing all of the current imagery and information that has been previously gathered.  Please be patient as we work through this process, thank you.

Ultimately, this section will also included our former websites  ‘OSE items’ and the ‘Commemoratives’ sections.

____________________________________________________________________________

Item Gallery

demi-spoon-300x225

Picture 1 of 14

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Barrel Label

Sleepy Eye Cream Barrel label

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Stoneware Rose Vase, Stein, Salt and Butter

img_5374-c3

img_5384-c3

The onlypieces put into sacks of flour was the stoneware rose vase, stein, salt and butter as shown above. Directors from different Old Sleepy Eye Milling Co. mills visited several pottery factories and decided upon Weir Pottery Co. in Monmouth, IL. They were awarded a large contract in 1903 to produce these pieces and shipped two boxcar loads of these to the OSE Mill at two different times. Each boxcar contained 500,000 pieces, which would mean there were 1,000,000 produced. The stoneware pieces were put into the flour sacks until they were all gone. The myth, the government made the OSE Milling Co. stop this advertising promotion is a falsehood also. How many of the four pieces were made is a mystery, but there seems to be more of the rose jars that survived. The blue and white, as well as the colored pitchers, were made as open stock and wholesaled to the stores of that period. Rex Beech of Sleepy Eye, MN, is considered an expert on this subject since he has many newspaper articles from that time to back up the historical truth on this subject


The following was taken from the book Monmouth Western Stoneware by Jim Martin and Bette Cooper:

“On the 15th of December, 1905, the stockholders of Weir Pottery Company voted to sell to A. D. Philpot for consolidation of their company with others in the formation of Western Stoneware Company. The bill of sale was dated December 22, 1905, at which time the corporate officers were D. S. Hardin, president; W. B. Weir, vice-president; R. H. McCoy, secretary; and J. U. Ranney, treasurer.  The current Western Stoneware Company plant is on the site of the old Weir Pottery Company. This plant was to become known as Plant Two of Western Stoneware Company.”

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Willie L – Copy (440×800)

Willie L - Copy (440x800)

Willie R – Copy (408×800)

Willie R - Copy (408x800)

Web 7 (800×394)

Web 7 (800x394)

Convention

Back to Sleepy Eye for the 40th annual convention!

Held at the Orchid Inn, 500 Burnside Street SE.,  Sleepy Eye, MN / July 30, 31 August 1, 2015

Come see the Sleepy Eye Flour Milling building that is still standing thanks to a local owner that took the time and money to preserve it.  Also visit the local museum for more interesting things concerning the history of the town.

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OSECC 39th Annual Convention 2014

July 24, 25 & 26 / Iowa City, Iowa

This central location works out well for many of the club’s membership so the convention will be held here for the second year. The officers and board members are looking forward to seeing everyone again this year. There will be another very nice commemorative for all those attending the convention. Come join us for all the fun. Bingo and a silent auction were added last year and was so well accepted that they will be a part of the  program again.

 

OSECC 38th Annual Convention 2013

July 25, 26 & 27 / Iowa City, Iowa

Every year we hold our annual convention in a location important to the history of Old Sleepy Eye, and this year is no exception! This year’s convention events will include the exhibition and trade of OSE items, seminars, silent auction, the annual club business meeting and banquet, the auction, and the 2013 limited addition Commemorative. Remember, only registered convention attendees are entitled to receive their Commemorative, and all those attending the convention must be OSECC members.
To become a member and/or register for the convention please see our
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OSECC 37th Annual Convention 2012

July  26th, 27th & 28th Des Moines, Iowa

Our 2012 convention was held at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport in Des Moines, Iowa. By all accounts it was a great success.  The sales tables were booming with activity as several rare peices exchanged hands privately.  Rex Beech presented a great speech on the history of the Sleepy Eye Flour Mill.  Greg Steffens’ presentation on Fort Dodge Stoneware was full of great photos and information.  The Saturday morning auction was well attended, with a good number of bidders and sellers.   The banquet and banquet auction was a great success.  A huge thank you for all of those who attended.  We look forward to next year!

Rex Beech gave an educational seminar on the history of the Sleepy Eye Mill. His slide show consisted of amny newspaper ads from the 1890′s and early 1900′s. He demonstrated the five variations to the Chief Old Sleepy Eye logo the mill used over the years. He also dated the envelope opener in a December 21, 1900 article.

Greg Steffens gave a very detailed presentation, along with a great slideshow, of many beautiful and rare pieces of Fort Dodge Stoneware for the other convention seminar. Western Stoneware purchased Fort Dodge Stoneware in January 1906 and it was entirely destroyed by fire on December 13, 1906.

Chad Ries givng the new member orientation to some

new members that attended the convention.

 

 

 



Convention

These club members are from the town of Sleepy Eye and will be there to welcome all that attend the convention!

Back to Sleepy Eye for the 40th annual convention!

Held at the Orchid Inn, 500 Burnside Street SE.,  Sleepy Eye, MN / July 30, 31 August 1, 2015

Come see the Sleepy Eye Flour Milling building that is still standing thanks to a local owner that took the time and money to preserve it.  Also visit the local museum for more interesting things concerning the history of the town.

____________________________________

OSECC 39th Annual Convention 2014

July 24, 25 & 26 / Iowa City, Iowa

This central location works out well for many of the club’s membership so the convention will be held here for the second year. The officers and board members are looking forward to seeing everyone again this year. There will be another very nice commemorative for all those attending the convention. Come join us for all the fun. Bingo and a silent auction were added last year and was so well accepted that they will be a part of the  program again.

 

OSECC 38th Annual Convention 2013

July 25, 26 & 27 / Iowa City, Iowa

Every year we hold our annual convention in a location important to the history of Old Sleepy Eye, and this year is no exception! This year’s convention events will include the exhibition and trade of OSE items, seminars, silent auction, the annual club business meeting and banquet, the auction, and the 2013 limited addition Commemorative. Remember, only registered convention attendees are entitled to receive their Commemorative, and all those attending the convention must be OSECC members.
To become a member and/or register for the convention please see our
_______________________________________

OSECC 37th Annual Convention 2012

July  26th, 27th & 28th Des Moines, Iowa

Our 2012 convention was held at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport in Des Moines, Iowa. By all accounts it was a great success.  The sales tables were booming with activity as several rare peices exchanged hands privately.  Rex Beech presented a great speech on the history of the Sleepy Eye Flour Mill.  Greg Steffens’ presentation on Fort Dodge Stoneware was full of great photos and information.  The Saturday morning auction was well attended, with a good number of bidders and sellers.   The banquet and banquet auction was a great success.  A huge thank you for all of those who attended.  We look forward to next year!

Rex Beech gave an educational seminar on the history of the Sleepy Eye Mill. His slide show consisted of amny newspaper ads from the 1890′s and early 1900′s. He demonstrated the five variations to the Chief Old Sleepy Eye logo the mill used over the years. He also dated the envelope opener in a December 21, 1900 article.

Greg Steffens gave a very detailed presentation, along with a great slideshow, of many beautiful and rare pieces of Fort Dodge Stoneware for the other convention seminar. Western Stoneware purchased Fort Dodge Stoneware in January 1906 and it was entirely destroyed by fire on December 13, 1906.

Chad Ries givng the new member orientation to some

new members that attended the convention.

 

 

 



Convention

These club members are from the town of Sleepy Eye and will be there to welcome all that attend the convention!

Back to Sleepy Eye for the 40th annual convention!

Held at the Orchid Inn, 500 Burnside Street SE.,  Sleepy Eye, MN / July 30, 31 August 1, 2015

Come see the Sleepy Eye Flour Milling building that is still standing thanks to a local owner that took the time and money to preserve it.  Also visit the local museum for more interesting things concerning the history of the town.

____________________________________

OSECC 39th Annual Convention 2014

July 24, 25 & 26 / Iowa City, Iowa

This central location works out well for many of the club’s membership so the convention will be held here for the second year. The officers and board members are looking forward to seeing everyone again this year. There will be another very nice commemorative for all those attending the convention. Come join us for all the fun. Bingo and a silent auction were added last year and was so well accepted that they will be a part of the  program again.

 

OSECC 38th Annual Convention 2013

July 25, 26 & 27 / Iowa City, Iowa

Every year we hold our annual convention in a location important to the history of Old Sleepy Eye, and this year is no exception! This year’s convention events will include the exhibition and trade of OSE items, seminars, silent auction, the annual club business meeting and banquet, the auction, and the 2013 limited addition Commemorative. Remember, only registered convention attendees are entitled to receive their Commemorative, and all those attending the convention must be OSECC members.
To become a member and/or register for the convention please see our
_______________________________________

OSECC 37th Annual Convention 2012

July  26th, 27th & 28th Des Moines, Iowa

Our 2012 convention was held at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport in Des Moines, Iowa. By all accounts it was a great success.  The sales tables were booming with activity as several rare peices exchanged hands privately.  Rex Beech presented a great speech on the history of the Sleepy Eye Flour Mill.  Greg Steffens’ presentation on Fort Dodge Stoneware was full of great photos and information.  The Saturday morning auction was well attended, with a good number of bidders and sellers.   The banquet and banquet auction was a great success.  A huge thank you for all of those who attended.  We look forward to next year!

Rex Beech gave an educational seminar on the history of the Sleepy Eye Mill. His slide show consisted of amny newspaper ads from the 1890′s and early 1900′s. He demonstrated the five variations to the Chief Old Sleepy Eye logo the mill used over the years. He also dated the envelope opener in a December 21, 1900 article.

Greg Steffens gave a very detailed presentation, along with a great slideshow, of many beautiful and rare pieces of Fort Dodge Stoneware for the other convention seminar. Western Stoneware purchased Fort Dodge Stoneware in January 1906 and it was entirely destroyed by fire on December 13, 1906.

Chad Ries givng the new member orientation to some

new members that attended the convention.

 

 

 



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