EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene woman found more than two centuries worth of memories in her childhood home–not her own. She discovered the treasures while doing a bit of cleaning and renovation.
Photo albums, old postcards, and years of memories packed away inside this box just recently saw light about a month ago. The homeowners say that the old box was hidden away behind some coolers in the rafters up above the garage, and they hope to be able to find the rightful owners soon.
“Lots of photo albums. I believe this is Agnes Fish’s entire high school career,” said homeowner Monica Bowman.
Bowman just moved into this home a couple of months ago, but the old house isn’t new to her.
“We moved in when I was 8,” Bowman said.
Bowman spent most of her childhood at the house, so the box of keepsakes discovered by her husband was puzzling.
“He’s like, ‘Well it’s got photo albums, and I just figured it was yours from back when you guys lived here,’ and I was like ‘No, that’s not my family,’” Bowman said.
As she went through the memories, she couldn’t help but see some interesting similarities. The family, like hers, came from southern California. The person woven throughout it all was a nurse just like Bowman herself.
“I think Mary S. Fish was a nurse back in 1918. I have the documentation right here because she was with the National Guard,” Bowman said.
Family or not, it didn’t feel right to just get rid of the various trinkets.
“You just don’t want to have that on your list of bad things; it’s just bad juju,” Bowman said.
Bowman’s hunting for the people it belongs to in hopes of reuniting Mrs. Fish with her family in the near future.
To learn more about what’s inside this box, or if you have any information on who all of this might belong to, contact Bowman through her Facebook page.