Russell Martin Harris has donated to the Mormon church a wallet carried by his great-great-grandfather.
It was that ancestor, Martin Harris, who mortgaged his farm to get the $3,000 needed to print the first 5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon, the central text of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Family folklore holds that the soft, caramel-brown wallet carried the cash to the printer, Russell Harris said.
Through the years, Russell Harris has shared that same story, showing off the wallet to small groups.
"Everybody wanted to open the billfold and see if the money was still there," Russell Harris said. "It was always empty." [Link]