My Dad had mentioned there was a box the in storage locker of things that had belonged to my grandfather, but I have never really made the effort to look for it. For those of you who may be new to my life/this blog you may or not be aware that my grandfather passed away when I was 9.5 in 1997. That being said I am always searching for ways to feel close to him and the idea of this "memorabilia" box sounded great to me. I couldn't wait to get the box home and open it up to see what was inside.
|Steinmetz High School Yearbooks|
Dated from around the year 1937/1938 when he was just a 15 year old boy. What I also came across was a file folder that had no indication of what was inside. When I opened it I first discovered the Death Certificates of both my great-grandparents (whom died in Florida) as well as their Marriage Certificate, my great-grandmother's Delayed Birth Record and my great-grandfather's Birth Certificate. The death certificates I had already obtained over a year ago from the state of Florida, but the other documents I was unable to find ANYWHERE. So just for that alone I am grateful that for whatever reason my grandfather saved these things. Also in that folder was the bill of sale for the house my great-grandparents lived in in Pompano Beach, Florida, as well as all the paperwork for both of their funerals & burials.
Then I hit the money load. Behind all the random paperwork was a sizable stack of different pieces of paper, which at a quick glance had all been hand written on. Turns out that even though everyone in my family had telephones in their homes, my great-grandparents made a habit of writing letters to my grandparents from their house in Florida. As my luck would have it, it looks like my grandfather saved the majority of those letters.
|Old family letters|