Unfortunately we haven’t found any safes or hidden envelopes with gold coins, but we have found some neat historical items while remodeling. The coolest item is an old grocery receipt (actually a balance statement) from 1952. It is labeled Wintschen’s Grocery, which no longer exists.
It leads me to think the family that lived in the home at that time may have struggled financially, as there were quite a few charge receipts found and obviously they were not “settled” if they were found in the floorboards! It is interesting to note only 5-8 items were purchased at a time – yet items like bread could have easily been made at home, which leads me to think they weren’t very frugal and ran to the store frequently to “charge it.” Of course, that is just my own conjecture but charging $10 in 1950 is like borrowing $100 today…for groceries…sustenance. On this statement, they had an $8.47 balance owed already and they charged an additional $3-4 for molasses, cream/butter, apples, cranberries, bread and bananas. It was the day before Thanksgiving, so obviously they were preparing for a large meal and needed some extra [out of the norm] items such as cranberries and bananas.
We also found lumber stamped “Indian Brand” with an image of the stereotypical Native American with headdress. This is obviously no longer PC but at the time, the term Indian was probably thrown around a lot in commerce.
We found lumber signed by the installer, which was kind of cool. I encouraged Ross to sign his name on the new lumber – and I think I even scribbled something on some boards.
We also came across more Indian-theme items in the form of a 1955 calendar. There were many old newspapers, too, used for insulation, shims, etc. Included were ads for workers – and I quote “Women need not apply.”
Cool stuff, but I still wish we would have found a box of money!