Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana


May 31, 2013

Cookie jars set Guinness record

BATESVILLE — METAMORA – Who doesn’t love cookies? And you have to store them someplace.

Eva Fuchs has adored cookie jars ever since her husband Paul’s dad gave the couple an Albert Apple container. Cookies for the kids were kept in Albert’s apple-shaped belly. Years later, “I still have” the sentimental favorite that began her quest for more.

Soon the owner of Grannie’s Cookie Jars and Ice Cream Parlor, 19041 Lovers Lane, had collected 2,653 receptacles. Fellow shopkeeper Steve Collier wondered if that wasn’t some kind of record.

Specifically, a Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Collection of Cookie Jars.

He asked Franklin County Commissioners Tom Wilson and Scott McDonough to help with the paperwork. “They had to count 2,653 cookie jars and convince themselves they were all different.” McDonough told close to 100 well-wishers on the shop’s patio May 17, “We probably spent two or three hours counting the jars,” which are displayed in a series of rooms on shelves two or three deep. “At the end of the day, it was quite a collection.”

Bill Smith, Gov. Mike Pence’s chief of staff, presented Fuchs with a framed Guinness World Record at the gathering. He reported, “Eva and I are cousins. It’s always a thrill to visit ... It’s not often in my official capacity I get to be with so many people I love.” He told Fuchs, “You have more paparazzi than Angelina Jolie!”

Fuchs thanked Collier for submitting the Guinness application and also her daughters, Janie Reynolds and Connie Ragle, for helping to operate the shop and her sons, John, Terry and Bill Fuchs, for renovating it. John Fuchs presented his mother with a bouquet of yellow roses, saying, “If I have a thousand of these, it probably wouldn’t be enough for all the people you’ve helped.” Ragle admitted, “It’s a lot of work” to keep the jars inventoried and sighed that the 3,000 or so duplicates “all have to be dusted yet!”

Then Smith presented Fuchs with a Distinguished Hoosier award signed by the governor, which stated that the honoree has made “significations contributions to the community” and “reflects the best of the state of Indiana.” According to Smith, “She is a lot more than someone who collects ... or serves up a dish of ice cream. She’s a special woman.”

What was served at the reception? Cookies, of course. Some were provided by the honoree, who baked “bunches of them, dozens!”

Fuchs reminisced that the first jar she ever bought was a McCoy lamb in the 1950s or 1960s. “McCoy is what they call the king of cookie jars. They made a whole lot ... in a short period of time.”

The 26-year Franklin County Community School Corp. bus driver mused, “I used to bake cookies all the time. My favorite was peanut butter cookies. Sometimes I put chocolate chips in them. Now that the kids are grown up, I don’t make them a whole lot.”

When her husband was injured in a car accident, “the doctor said, ‘Find something to do.’ We started flea marketing. We took stuff out of the house we weren’t using” and sold it. Fuchs noticed, “All my cookie jars sold.” A friend told her why: “‘You’re not charging enough.’” The merchant now has 13 cookie jar books that detail values. Fuchs reported, “I love going to auctions,” so they began hunting for jars in Cincinnati and Hamilton, Ohio, and Seymour and Columbus, Ind.

The Metamora native opened her shop in 1999 and moved to the current location two years ago. She always loved the historic building and its addition, constructed in 1844 and 1850. “When I grew up it was a hardware store, then The Lace Place.” The shop is called Grannie’s Cookie Jars and Ice Cream Parlor “because I had three of my grandkids live with me” for a while. Mulling over names as they were painting the business, “that’s what they wanted to call it.”

Her jars are priced from $20-$800. The Pillsbury Dough Boy is most popular. “It just seems to go no matter how many I get.” At $45, “it’s not the most expensive, but it’s not the cheapest either.” Hopalong Cassidy, which boasts real gold, is the one with the $800 price tag. Only 250 were manufactured in the 1990s.

The oldest jar, made in the late 1920s or early 1930s, depicts a stout man wearing aqua pants and an orange hat. Reynolds reports, “We call it ‘The Old Man,’” but the jar also is known as The Waiter or Amish Person.  She explained, “Back then they didn’t mark them. Two different companies claimed it,” American Bisque Pottery, Williamstown, W.Va., and Robinson Ransbottom Pottery, Roseville, Ohio. A woman gave the “very ugly” jar to Fuchs when she moved away, saying, “‘I want you to have it. I know it will have a good home.’”

Her favorite is Roy Rogers and Trigger. “I had him years ago and then I sold him. It took me six years to find another. I hope to never get rid of him” unless someone makes her an offer she can’t refuse.

Fuchs, who relaxes by playing bingo in Rushville, offers advice to other fans: “If you start to collect ... (them), go get a cookie jar book so you know what you’re doing.”

She welcomes visitors at her store, which is open daily. “They don’t have to buy a cookie jar ... If they just want to come and look at them, that’s fine.”

After the formal presentation, Eva Fuchs said her feelings were “undescribable” upon receiving the awards. “I’m going to put them right here in my shop where everyone can see them!”


Text Only
  • nws - bv081214 - schebler A Wales of a time While most college students covet having the summer off, Emily Schebler, a Ball State University sophomore, has spent the last six weeks delving deep into everything Welsh.The daughter of Rob and Marta Schebler, Batesville, was selected to participat

    August 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv081214 - schebler A Wales of a time While most college students covet having the summer off, Emily Schebler, a Ball State University sophomore, has spent the last six weeks delving deep into everything Welsh.The daughter of Rob and Marta Schebler, Batesville, was selected to participat

    August 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv080814 - EC orientation ECHS freshmen welcomed ST. LEON – East Central High School administrators and staff members decided to try something different on the first day of school. In the past, motivational speakers have discussed various topics with students, but this year, after the teens went to

    August 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • How county seniors stay young BROOKVILLE – “You don’t stop being active because you get old, you get old because you stop being active.” That’s how the modern altruism goes and that’s the reason behind the Franklin County Senior Center, according to executive director Cathy Pelso

    August 8, 2014

  • nws - bv080114 - roell car Retired farmer wins a new car Floyd Roell had a feeling. Last year, he bought a ticket for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, but had no premonition. This year, the giveaway kept popping up in front of his face, reminding him about his granddaughter, but still no sixth sense.“This

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv072914 - kids kick drugs (new) 'You can say no' to drugs About 50 youngsters participated in the Southeastern Indiana YMCA’s Kids Kick Drugs program July 26. Master George Dwenger (a person receives the title of Master after completing the 4th Degree Black Belt) told the youngsters, “First and most importa

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv070814 - muething RAA gave theater founder his start When John Leo Muething was 5 and living in Batesville, his three older siblings and parents, Dr. Steve and Meg Muething, starred in the Rural Alliance for the Arts production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” but, much to his dismay,

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv070814 - jeffers West Point graduation Jeffers savors West Point experience Tom Jeffers, a 2010 Batesville High School graduate, recently graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The Fort Sill, Oklahoma, resident is the son of former Batesville residents Tom and Kathleen Jeffers, Alexandria, Virginia,

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv062714 - STEM - sara bauer Students learn valuable STEM skills Two area students attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s Middle School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Workshop June 2-5.Alexandra Cottingham, Batesville, daughter of Rebecca Krieger Cottingham and Michael Cottingham,

    June 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws - bv062014 - Eckstein family Cancer hits home for local family Cancer survivors and those who have lost their fight with the disease will be honored during the June 21-22 Ripley County Relay for Life. One local individual who will be remembered is Mark Eckstein, Batesville, who worked for the Batesville Water an

    June 20, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
AP Video
Manfred, Torre and MLB Take Ice Bucket Challenge Bank of America Reaches Record $17B Settlement Holder Reassures Ferguson Community With Visit GlobalPost CEO Remembers Foley As a Brave Man Seth Meyers Rolls Out Emmy Red Carpet Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape Texas Gov. Perry: Indictment 'a Political Act'
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.