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Laura Louise Dittlinger Eakins
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Birth: Nov. 3, 1913
Cape Girardeau
Cape Girardeau County
Missouri, USA
Death: Sep. 10, 2001
Sikeston
Scott County
Missouri, USA

Wife of Paul Roscoe Eakins.
Mother of Michael Paul Eakins.
Co-owner of an extensive collection of mechanical musical instruments and arcade machines restored by her husband Paul. Many of these machines are still playing in other collections and recordings of the machines are still popular. She shared his love and passion for old music machines. Finding, restoring and displaying what became an enormous collection of fully restored automatic music machines became a full-time occupation. The collection ranged from small electric pianos to large fair organs and all sized machines in between plus antique arcade machines of all kinds. One significant band organ was renovated and named for her, the central figure bearing a resemblance. The collection became nationally famous and appeared at many fairs and on many television programs such as Gary Moore's "I've Got a Secret", the NBC "Today Show", "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" and several television specials. In the early 1950's, they opened the Indian Trading Post as a tourist attraction in Sikeston, MO. It evolved into the Gay 90's Village with the War Drum Restaurant, and a few other businesses in the vicinity of the Museum. The machines were displayed and played at the New York World's Fair with the Continental Circus and Ringling's Museum of the Circus in 1960. In 1966, the Museum was relocated to 320 South Broadway in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, and renamed the Gay 90's Melody Museum. It closed in the early 1970's. In the late 1970's most of the collection of automatic music machines was sold. Some can still be seen at amusement parks and in other collections. She continued the family's musical legacy after her husband's death by maintaining and making available recordings of their former collection. The Madam Laura Gavioli organ returned to Sikeston and is again in her family.
Her favorite machine, The Emperor, may be seen on the page dedicated to their son Michael Paul Eakins.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Albert Christian Dittlinger (1882 - 1965)
  Huldah Christine Erickson Dittlinger (1882 - 1925)
 
 Spouse:
  Paul Roscoe Eakins (1913 - 1990)*
 
 Children:
  Michael Paul Eakins (1942 - 1976)*
 
 Siblings:
  Albert Alphonse Dittlinger (1908 - 1994)*
  Anna Dittlinger (1910 - 1991)*
  Laura Louise Dittlinger Eakins (1913 - 2001)
  Joan Patricia Dittlinger Miller (1918 - 1985)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery
Cape Girardeau
Cape Girardeau County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section behind office near corner
 
Created by: Vincent Astor
Record added: Oct 30, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16379012
Laura Louise <i>Dittlinger</i> Eakins
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Laura Louise <i>Dittlinger</i> Eakins
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Laura Louise <i>Dittlinger</i> Eakins
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