Mary Alice Reporting –
A Dover museum was excited to add another exhibit to the current trains, buttons, and gardens.
The Dale E. Warther Tribute Exhibit: Forged Through Generations featuring unique and distinguished knives.
During the Friday unveiling, Museum Director Kristen Harmon says the display space was the previous viewing area for the knife making process of Warther Cutlery, giving her the idea.
“Over the years we have acquired many of the knives made by family members. By happenstance, our archives hold typewriter written history of the Warther knife making by Dale, so it is his words that will take you through this new exhibit that we dedicate to him, the master knife maker of our family.”
Among the contributors was Robert Snyder, on behalf of his father, Robert P. Snyder, who had joined the U.S. Army in November 1940, three years after graduating from New Philadelphia High School.
“He was a combination radio operator and waist gunner for the B-17G [Flying Fortress], and he had the commando knife in his possession England in February 1945. He adored that knife and I used to, as a kid, play with it.”
Overall, 150 knives made by four generations of the Warther family are featured in the exhibit, spanning over 107 years from the first knife ever made by Ernest Mooney to the last knife made by Dale Warther.
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