One man’s Trash…

Is definitely another mans treasure….

When we bought this house, the current owner was removed from it against her will, so to speak. I call her Miss Jean. She was in her mid 80’s and had been suffering from Alzheimer’s.

The stories I have since heard from the numerous concerned neighbors lead me to believe it had gotten pretty bad. She lived here alone.

She was only the second owner of this house having moved into it with her husband  in 1967. Her husband died in 1988 and she resided here by herself the rest of the time. Miss Jean spent 43 years of her life here. And while the history of your home may or may not be of interest to you. It has and always will be to me.

When buying the house I worked with Jean’s son. Her power of attorney. And through him I learned about her. Her history. Her habits. The neighbors filled me in on more and it wasnt long before I felt like Jean was a member of MY famiy and had given me a great gift in this house.

I felt blessed and honored to be the one purchasing this house. That she loved it very much is evident in the fact that the house was SPOTLESS for being over 50 years old. My draperies. My carpet even, while old, were virtually spotless.

When we moved in there were a few things they had left behind. One of them was this:

A 1970’s Lowrey Genie Organ.

We knew it might be here. Left over from the estate sale. It worked, but barely, and our initial thought was to get rid of it. Donate it to a local church or nursing home. For we really had no use for it.

It was moved to the basement pending final outcome.

Then one of our neighbors stopped by and told us a story about how her young son had tried to play with the organ and Miss Jean would have none of it. She said she was VERY particular about the organ.

A few weeks into our renovation, I was moving that box of sheet music they had left behind. I looked inside and there staring at me was not only an organ “Starter” kit if you will, but also the original receipt of purchase, and a cancelled check signed by Miss Jean herself.

I can assume by the date on the check, December 22nd, 1974, that they purchased this organ as a Christmas gift for themselves or for the family in general. It must have taken them MONTHS to save and plan for it. For the original check was for $1500. That is not chump change for 1974. It’s not exactly chump change now.

And there was her signature on the line of that check. And suddenly, it no longer seemed like another mans junk. It seemed like a treasure left behind for me to deal with.

Someone loved this organ. It’s no wonder she didn’t want the neighbor kids playing with it.

Needless to say, at this point, the organ will stay. Where it will go when we are done we are not sure. It’s in dire need of a tune up, and neither of us are musical in any way, but the organ belongs to this house, and with this house it should stay.

We learned through the neighbors that Miss Jean passed away recently. Mid May to be exact. And she loved this house so much that it was mentioned in her Obituary…And the funeral possession also drove by.

She loved and honored this home in a million ways…

And I have vowed to her to do the same….

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About drbininger

Early 40- something gal (VERY EARLY!!), living in Ohio, exploring the world of Craft Beer, Delicious Food, Travels, Animals and fighting the Weight Loss battle of her life...And now...Renovating a 1959 Atomic Pink Stucco Ranch....
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