I have a large pile of old documents, letters and photographs we found in the old home and other old dilapidated buildings on the farm. I tucked them all away in a closet, not having the time to properly catalog or review them. Lately I’ve been slowly looking through them.
Here’s an example–a letter from a tobacco warehouser to my great-great grandfather.
I’ve been sharing photos of some of these artifacts on a local history Facebook page. It’s good to be able to share them. Some of the things I’ve shared include the local paper from June 1, 1935, announcing the release of George Weyerhauser:
A county tax bill/receipt from 1891:
Something from an interesting concoction called “Chelf’s C.C. Compound”
My great uncle’s report card from 1916:
An optimistic flyer from the Danville Chamber of Commerce in 1917:
Political buttons (I think I may have brought home one of these) (note: I don’t know why this photo is upside down and I can’t figure out how to fix it. It’s not upside down until it posts here):
A receipt from 1881:
A receipt from 1891. Note: Terms–cash. County Produce Taken in Exchange for Goods.
A hand-painted metal plate photograph (I’m not sure what it’s called) of my g-g grandfather Peyton Clay Keesee:
Two photographs of my great-grandmother Mattie Sue Slate:
My great-grandfather Frank Guerrant:
I’m glad now that we spent all those days years ago carefully sorting through the centuries of accumulated stuff on this place. We probably inadvertently threw away some treasures. But we saved plenty as well.