March 10, 2013

My Sunday Morning Thrift Treasure

It's a gloomy day her in Southern Wisconsin, grey skies, constant rain, with dirty grey snow banks lining the streets of our town.

On a day like this, what could I do to bring a smile to me face and put joy in my heart? Go to the thrift store and browse around.

So after church I headed to our local Goodwill store. Walking into the store I noticed two clusters of people standing shoulder to shoulder. That means one thing, they just brought out a cart with newly donated merchandise to be placed on the shelves. 

Slowly the people moved away from the carts some clutching treasures that they snagged while others left empty handed not finding anything to their liking.

I walked over to the first cart and found nothing that interested me, the second cart was almost empty, with the exception of three books in the bottom of a green bin. 

I reached in and puled out this . . . 

This  1911 Bible belonged to Jeanie Ada Clara Burnside

who was born in 1894

The front panel and first page were no longer attached to the spin of the book, I had to rescue this book. So for 89¢ this 1911 Bible came home with me.

Whenever I purchase books I clean the outside of the book using rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball, and if the book smells musty or if I am concerned about book mites, I will put the book inside a Ziplock bag and place it in my freezer for several days.

But I digress, while I was wiping the Bible I found several things tucked inside the pages, and they made me smile.

Here is what was tucked inside the pages of the Bible.

This 2.5" holy card
With some sage advice from Joan,
Always pray to Jease (misspelled) when in trouble 
This profound card is a powerful reminder for us all
A Prayer by Thomas Webb

Give me a good digestion, Lord
And also something to digest
Give me a healthy body, Lord
With sense enough to keep it at its best
Give me a healthy mind, Good Lord
To keep the good and pure in sight
Which seeing sin is not appalled
But finds a way to get it right
Give me a mind that is not bound
That does not whimper, whine, or sigh
Don't let me worry over much
About this funny thing called "I"
Give me a sense of humor Lord
Give me the grace to see a joke
To get some happiness out of life
And pass it on to other folk
A Kitchen Prayer
Found in the Cathedral at
Chester, England

Lord of all pots and pans and things
Since I have no time to be a doing lovely things
Or watching late with Thee, or dreaming in the
dawning light, or storming Heaven's gates
Make me a Saint by getting meals and washing up the plates.
Warm all my kitchen with Thy love and light it with Thy Peace
Forgive me all Thy worrying and make all grumbling cease,
Thou who didst love to give man food in room or by the sea
Accept this service that I do, I do it unto Thee.
This last item that was tucked inside the pages way in the back.

This is a clipping from October  9, 1961.
How sad that the seminary did not provide an apology
or take any responsibility, but places blame on others.
Makes me wonder if the owner of this Bible, Jeanie
was among the visitors to the seminary who became ill.
Why else would she save this article?
This 1911 Bible will receive a place of honor in my bookshelf, as soon as it comes out of the freezer.




  1. Over 100 years old! What a treasure you rescued!

    1. You are right the Bible is over 100 years old! So sad that a family member didn't want the Bible. I'm glad to have it in my collection.

  2. Great idea about the freezer. I stuff old bed pillows in our large freezer to kill "whatever". :)

    1. When I first started working in the public school system, I met a librarian who told me about that trick. If it works or not, this little trick gives me peace of mind.

  3. What a beautiful post. I am so glad that someone with a caring heart has it. Breaks my heart to think of it lying at gw. I am glad it was there for you to treasure it.

    1. Thanks, Ann I do like any and all kinds of ephemera.