Thursday, April 28, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday : Cancelled Check

This interesting bit of ephemera is the cancelled check my paternal grandmother, Ruth (HALEY) LeMASTER, wrote to the Baird Funeral Home on November 16, 1971 in the amount of $ 1608.00.  Whether this was a payment or a payment in full for the cost of the funeral of my grandfather, Ord, I've yet to determine.

It is an interesting piece to me because it contains not only an example of her handwriting and signature, but sheds some historical light into costs associated with funerals some 40 years ago.  Had I not already know the name of the funeral home, this check provides that information as well.  The funeral home is still in existence, and on my next visit to Portland I will add researching the costs associated with the funeral to me list of things to check into.

Treasure Chest Thursday – create a post with the main focus being a family treasure, an heirloom or even an every-day item important to your family. A special thanks to Leslie Ann Ballou of Lost Family Treasures for suggesting Treasure Chest Thursday as a daily blogging theme!

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