Treasure among the trash
Kerry and Larry Isbell of Lincoln shared a love of all things rusty, dusty, and old. They attended auctions as a form of entertainment. Some of their treasures were restored; others were repurposed. Even others were sold. Over the 20 years on their 10 acres just southeast of Lincoln they collected a multitude of interesting items. Some were put into use right away while some were stored in sheds, the basement, or the garage.
Larry passed away unexpectedly in October of 2019, bringing an end to their auction days. With Kerry alone, she began to sort through the reminders of their lives together in preparation to return to her home state of Iowa. It’s been a difficult journey for her, as it is for all who lose their spouses, but it has proven to be an interesting journey as well, as she rediscovered items she’d nearly forgotten.
Among the items that had been stored for several years was a bundle of old letters. She remembered a barn sale near Kanapolis they had attended in 1998. They bid on, and won, a section of the barn and everything in it. Among the items that came with their bid was a bundle of letters, postmarked during World War II.
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