Perkins Home, 902 South Main Street
Marlin Perkins seen outside 902 South Main, circa 1917-18.
Digitization on CLIO is part of Powers Museum's "Digital Carthage" project in honor of Carthage's 175th Anniversary Celebration (March 28, 2017 through March 27, 2018).
Funding for the Walking in the Wards tour was made possible by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Spring 2017.
Backstory and Context
The Perkins family also had a "country house" located west of Carthage on what is now Fairview Road just west of Interstate 49. In his autobiography, Marlin Perkins described the farm as "a great place for kids and particularly for me because it was full of all kinds of animals. I'd follow the hired hand when he was plowing and watch the creatures that were uncovered by the plow. Grubs, earthworms, beetles, a nest of baby mice, thousand leggers, and once a toad. Many of them went into my pockets (1)." Back in town, it was not uncommon for snakes to be in his pockets to the surprise of school mates and other acquaintances.
Perkins, Marlin. My Wild Kingdom: An Autobiography. New York City NY: E. P. Dutton, Inc., 1982. (1)
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Perkins photograph in Powers Museum Collection.