Thanks to the generosity of an employee of DeMoulin Brothers & Co., the DeMoulin Museum has a piece of company history on display. The factory’s original time clock, manufactured around 1900 by the Cincinnati Time Recorder Company, was recently loaned to the museum by Mark Brooke. The company’s technical manager since 1992, Brooke was given the time clock around twenty years ago by Bill DeMoulin, retired company president. Brooke said he “worked on and off for a year” restoring the clock’s original internal components. After having the time clock as the center piece of the music room in his home, Brooke decided it was time to share it with the DeMoulin Museum’s visitors.
“The stories this artifact could tell,” commented John Goldsmith, DeMoulin Museum curator. “Our best guess is this time clock was used through the early 1950s, which means some of the great characters from DeMoulin history used it.”
One of the time clock’s unique features is a series of cigarette burns on its ledge. Brooke suspects employees placed their lit cigarettes on the ledge while clocking in.
Because the clock still works, the hope is to recreate DeMoulin time cards for visitors to clock in and out with and keep as souvenirs.
Located at 110 W. Main Street, near the Greenville square, the DeMoulin Museum is open Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call (618) 664-4115.