[photo of the front cover of the scrapbook]
The Scrap Book cover has almost completely fallen off. Many of the first pages and several of the later ones have become detached from the two brads that originally held the scrap book together. Inside I find a variety of newspaper clippings: front page articles, sequential articles about one man's death, obituaries, wedding and travel announcements, stories of local events, national events. There are some magazine clippings and poems. There’s even a personal item or two including two hand-crafted paper figures with movable limbs. All of these are items of such importance that someone took the time to carefully insert them in this Scrap Book. The newspaper clippings are now as brown as the scrapbook pages themselves. Some clippings have become detached from their original page, some are stuck tight to the page, and some appear to be missing altogether. But inside this Scrap Book are stories, connections, information and evidence of my ancestors and the lives they lived. Friends, among whom they lived, are present, as are associates from church and workplace, and neighbors, both next door and within the community. Join me as I begin my journey to discover all that this Scrap Book contains.