This double baby carriage in the picture was purchased to be used by the Koehn family of Galva, KS who gave birth to twin girls on April 2 of 1914. The carriage stayed in the family and was used as a toy by the twin girls as they grew. It was kept in the attic of the house for most of its years of existence. When the Koehn Sisters Partnership put the farm up for sale, the carriage was sold along with the other items accumulated on the farm.
At the time of the auction it was folded up, dirty, worn, and needing attention. It was purchased by Butch and Carolyn Gibson of Lindsborg for $10.00. It was one of the last items sold.
The Gibson’s restoration of the carriage included cleaning up the original metal and replacing the canvas, rubber, and leather portions of the carriage. In addition to the new materials and paint, pillows, blankets, and coverings were created, and Carolyn provided dolls and clothing to make the carriage realistic as a conversation piece in their home.
Mrs. Gibson was born and raised in the Galva area and knew of the sisters and the family.
This is a beautiful antique, with local history and uniqueness.