Saturday, January 24, 2009

My Box of Blog Food

What is a "box of blog food"? It's a box that is found FULL of important historical family papers, photos, books, letters, certificates and other documents! Enough to blog about for a full year! I discovered such a box two days ago and my breath was taken away.

My dad is a "keeper", a "saver", a genealogist's dream! He recently had a new furnace installed in a storage room at his house and in the process of making room for that furnace, boxes had to be moved. I noticed one poor box that was close to caving in as heavier boxes were piled on top of it. I acted on my urge to rescue that box, and I put it in my trunk and hauled it home. That was several weeks ago!

Finally two days ago I brought that box into the house thinking I'd take a quick peek at its contents, tape it up, and move it to my attic for storage. Little did I know what treasures it held.

The first item I saw was a newspaper from my home town of Great Bend, Ks dated July 9, 1942. I knew that my parents were married July 9, 1943, but I didn't know the significance of the 1942 date. As I looked at the newspaper I discovered it commemorated my dad's induction into the Army with a photo and accompanying story.

As I dug deeper into the box I found such things as (1) letters from my brother when he was stationed in Viet Nam, (2) a letter that my dad received while in the Army from HIS grandfather in Kansas---written in German, (3) a little log book my grandfather kept of his farming and household expenses, (4) school papers that belonged to my Dad's younger brother, who passed away at age 9, (5) both my dad and my step-mother's high school year books, (6) lots and lots of photographs--some are family portraits taken in the early 1900s.

So in the weeks to come I'll be posting specific details about the contents of this box full of blog food! I'm so excited about this "find" that I hope to be able to scan, organize, document and archive these things regularly in the months to come. Wish me luck, and check back often.

15 comments:

Apple said...

I love treasure boxes! Looking forward to seeing what yours holds.

Sheri said...

Oh you Lucky, Lucky Dog! How cool is that? Have fun and keep us posted of your finds!

Gayle Gresham said...

What a find! Have fun savoring your blog food.

Les said...

Looks like that "box of blog food" will feed your blog for along time! I thank you for your kind words about my blog. You and your Dad have great stories to tell. I see from your genealogy tree that you have Greenfield Larrabee from back here in New England in it. I have Stephen his possible cousin in my line.

Randy Seaver said...

What a great find - truly a treasure. And a super blog post title too - I love it!

I look forward to reading all of your blog food over the next months (?).

Taylorstales-Genealogy said...

WOW! What a great "gift." Can't wait to hear what "treasures" you have discovered, plus with the input from your dad...well, I can't wait to hear the details. Yipee for you!

Becky said...

Congratulations, Becky! I'm sure you'll have many pleasant hours going through your "blog food". A wonderful treasure! Looking forward to reading about it all.

DianaR said...

Wonderful!! I really look forward to seeing and hearing in more detail about these finds. So does your father speak German?

Nikki-ann said...

What a great find! Definitely a great treasure trove! :) Enjoy!

Claudia's thoughts said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I guess at the beginning of the journey I am a bit discouraged by its eminsity. My father had a lot of things, I called him a packrat. I want to check and see if Kinkos or someother company like that can copy and print oversized documents to a disc.

GeneaDiva said...

It's always a nice surprise to find "goodies" like this. I know you had a little happy dance too.

Thomas MacEntee said...

Amazing - I can't wait to hear more about what's in this box!

Genealogy Blogger said...

Wow, what a find! I eagerly anticipate reading about each treasure as you take it out and archive it.

Crossing my fingers that I will be so lucky when I go to clear my mother's apartment tomorrow!

Lorine

Harriet said...

What a treasure! You are so lucky.
My aunt died a year ago and she had so many OLD family pictures. She had no children. I asked my cousins in charge of her estate twice if I could at least borrow the pictures to scan. I don't think I will ever see them.
I can't wait to read your blog.
Harriet

JoLyn said...

What a find! I had a similar experience as a teenager at my great aunt's home. Hidden deep on a shelf was a box labeled "Memories of Hazel". Hazel was my Grandma who had died 30 years earlier. The box held letters from her sons in World War II, and all sorts of things. The box was passed between my mom and her siblings so they could all see it. In the process it has become lost again. I would give anything to be able to find it once more.