At my father's house in Maryland, there is a family history trunk. My grandparents gave it to him for safe keeping, and 5 years ago was the first time I got to peek in it. Back then, I didn't have as much memory on my digital camera as I do now. I was a little worried about space, so I didn't take as many photos as I would have liked. You can bet I will be fully armed for such a task the next time I'm able to sit and sift through the memories. [OMG! Has it been 5 years since I've been to my father's house? I'm feeling like a bad daughter right now.]
The trunk includes letters, pictures, obituaries, and lots of other documents. Here is a little bit of what I found:
Memory Card for Norma Ethel Robins Campbell, my great-grandmother. Text: "Norma Ethel Campbell, 93 years old, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri died Saturday, May 13, 2000 at 2:50 a.m. at Beverly Health and Rehab of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
She was born in Bollinger County, Missouri, on November 28, 1906, the daughter of the late Columbus and Alice Mae Huffman Robins. On October 15, 1926, she married Chester W. Campbell who died on May 1, 1994.
Norma, was a self employed seamstress, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, she was also a former member of the First Baptist Church of Delta, Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, three brothers and two sisters.
Funeral [services] will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2000 at the Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, M[issouri],...
Burial will follow in the Old Morley Cemetery in Morley, Missouri."
Lev[i] L. Sullenger, 84 years old, a pioneer resident of Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties, died at 1:30 a.m. today at the home of a daughter, Mrs. James Utley... He had been failing in health for two years and for the past month was seriously ill with a heart ailment and other complications.
The body was removed to the Hamen Funeral Home and will remain there until 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, when funeral services will be conducted at the General Baptist Church by the pastor,... Later services will be held at the Fairview Church near Advance and burial will be in the church cemetery.
Born at Chaffee.
Mr. Sullenger was born March 1, 1850, near the present site of Chaffee and spent a greater part of his life in Scott County, where he was a teamster for many years. He was married 64 years ago to Miss Sarah Ann Blocker, who died in 1874. Two children, twins, were born to this union. They are Edgar Sullenger,... and Elmon Sullenger,...
Mr. Sullenger was married again in 1876 to Miss Marcella Lincecum of Rum Branch. Nine children were born to this union, four of them dying in infancy. A daughter, Mrs. George Sellers, died last November in St. Louis. Those living are Mrs. James Utley and Claty and Leamon Sullenger..., and Dewey Sullenger... A sister, Mrs. Clara Tidwell resides in Cape Girardeau. There are also 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.