I have been doing one of the things I do best during the cold, snowy winter months–going through rooms, closets, and files, sorting, rearranging and purging. I find this a fun thing to do, if I am in the mood. As it turns out, I have certainly been in the mood to do this for the last couple months.
In the rooms and closets I purge and get rid of items I no longer use or like and take them to Goodwill.
Going through files and family mementos is a different story. That takes much longer, doing less purging and more rearranging. The best thing about doing this is rediscovering things I forgot I had or that I did not know I had. I am still seeing some things for the first time.
Here is an item that I nearly threw out because I thought it was just an old document holder. Good thing I opened it up to see what was written inside.
Raymond “Ray” Hemmelgarn ran the Home Restaurant, aka Chatt Bar and Restaurant, when I was growing up. I imagine that he gave this nice document pouch as an advertising gift to either my dad or my Grandpa Miller. Perhaps Ray gave them out at Christimas. Who didn’t enjoy receiving a free gift?
I looked, but there was no money or valuable stock certificates hidden inside the pockets.
What a nice piece of Chattanooga history.