Inside the books he found various newspaper clippings now fragile and darkened with age. He noted that the volumes had once belonged to "E. Stanley, Salem, MA" and became curious about the original owner. Some of the clippings mentioned Nichols relatives in Danvers. Thomas searched on the internet, found this blog, and sent me an email that included this surprising information:
Thomas asked whether I might be a descendant, or if not, whether I could help him find descendants to whom he could give these clippings.
Well! What a surprise! I wrote back, "Yes, I recognize the Stanley name and her nieces and nephews. Rev. William Stanley Nichols was my grandfather. Coincidently I'm in CA this week for Thanksgiving with my daughter and 2 grandsons. I would be interested in reading those newspaper clippings. Thanks for your offer." Within days I had met Thomas and acquired the clippings. I also took some photos of the books to share with other family members.
|Mrs. E. Stanley, Salem, MA|
Note the chemical transfer from the acidic newspaper clipping and the ink on opposing page (see below)
|This 1908 clipping (about book prices) is glued into the book.|
|Undated newspaper clipping, probably 1938.|
|Undated clipping, probably late April or early May1938. Click here for larger PDF.|
"passed away yesterday at 20 Andrew St, where she had resided for 96 years." "She was 99 years, nine months and 18 days old." "Born in Salem July 14, 1839..."