Saturday, March 24, 2007

Empty Wallet Full of History

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]

Bill Blunt

I have a tie worn by my grandfather (we surmise) on the memorable day in 1956 when he won an accumulator at York Races. Family lore has it that he hid quite a bunch of the cash away in the leaves of a cabbage in the bottom of his garden (purely so it would escape the attention of his wife, you understand). He never admitted it, and neither did grandma, who shortly afterwards had cut up that same cabbage to use for dinner. Everyone was a winner that day!

Anyway, the tie's still here, if there are any worthy museums out there who might want to give it a home.

Kind Regards


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