Month: August 2015

Patricia’s High School Photo Album

I found this large photo album at an antique shop a year or two ago at a thrift shop called City Thrift. It sat in my living room along with a bunch of other old photo albums I had and I had forgotten that it had photos in it as the others were all empty. I rediscovered it when I posted the others for sale in my Etsy antique shop Baudelaire Antiques.

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The album wasn’t full, just the first few pages had photos and clippings and the rest had remnants of the rest of the contents having been ripped off the pages.  But it had enough information for me to find it’s original owner, a young girl that graduated Chaffee High School in Chaffee, Missouri in 1947.  I used Ancestry.com and GenealogyBank.com to find her and eventually contacted her on Facebook on 8 August 2015.

She now lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her family and was absolutely thrilled to hear that I had found her album. When her family moved her to be with them, she lost many of her own things and the album was one of her things that was accidentally slipped into the thrift shop boxes.

After speaking on the phone with Patricia, we decided to meet up at a local library so she could pick up her album. She was really sweet and happy to receive the it back. And I really enjoyed being able to return it in person.

I returned the album to Patricia on 19 August 2015.

Ira Monroe Dooley’s Dog Tag

This dog tag was part of my military collection.  The tag belonged to a man named Ira Monroe Dooley (1893-1963).  He served in both World War I and World War II

To find its family, I used both Ancestry.com and Facebook on 1 August 2015.  I was able to locate one of his great-grandsons in just one day. He was quite excited to have some family history.

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I returned Ira Dooley’s dog tag to the Dooley family on 10 August 2015.

Billie McCall Gray’s Book of Poems

I found an old address book at Second Time Around Flea Market in the Summer of 2014. It had been repurposed in the 1970s by an older woman named Billie McCall Gray into a book filled with typed and handwritten poems and writings, along with clippings, drawings, and a few pieces of mail. 

I attempted to find her family in 2014, but failed to find any connections. I went back to it in July of 2015 and my research led me to Mrs. Gray’s son’s obituary on FindAGrave which I was able to use to find her grandson and contact them.

 “Thank you so much for the package! We’re enjoying reading it!

I returned the album of poems to the Gray family on 4 August 2015.