While going through items in his parents’ house, my husband came upon an old trunk.  He remembered the trunk as always being in the same spot, inside the enclosed front porch.  I asked him what was in the trunk, and he said that he thought it was Bringe family things.

Vance Harold Champion married Alberna Marie Bringe.  Vance and Alberna had three sons, one of them being my husband.  Alberna Marie Bringe was German – her father, Albert Henry,  arrived in the United States from Germany in 1883 at about 6 months of age, and her mother’s parents arrived in the United States from Germany in 1880, eight years before Alberna’s mother was born.

My husband asked me to open the trunk and make an inventory of what was in the trunk.  And, what an inventory it turned out to be!

There were many Bringe items in the trunk.  There was also a label in the lid of the trunk.  The label showed the trunk was made in San Francisco.  (Further research determined that the trunk belonged to a brother of Albert’s who traveled to San Francisco.)

One of the true “finds” in the trunk was some small calendar books.  These books were the diaries of Albert.  Albert traveled to the west from Ohio in the early 1900s to work in the oil fields in Oklahoma and Texas.  These diaries were where Albert recorded the information about the oil wells on which he worked.  The information included the dates worked, the depth of the well, his particular job at the well, and any other information that he decided to write down.  Quite a find!

One never really knows what one may find in an old trunk that belonged to your grandfather’s brother!

Maggie

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