Sometimes I run across interesting items in the boxes of items my grandmother held onto throughout her life. Not just throughout her life, but those before her and those after her, including me. Today was no exception.
Now this would have been an interesting exhibit to see! Abe Gunzendorfer (my great grandfather) was just 17 years old in 1886 so this was probably a school project or something. What’s really odd is that this article from the Monterey Argus is actually glued to a piece of paper that someone used as a scratch pad to do some math problems – they couldn’t rely on a calculator in those days. Maybe someone was trying to figure out someone's age?
Abe left quite a few quirky items for me. I know he spent quite a bit of time putting together a miniature railroad for his family's store, The White House – he even left pictures!
Looks like he was a pretty handy guy!
Here’s another picture of the train, the A.B.G.R.R (A.B. Gunzendorfer Railroad)
And a close of up of the first few cars.
I sure wish I’d known him – it seems like he was an interesting guy!