When a relative passes away, it can be a trying time for those they leave behind. Not only do they have to deal with the loss of a loved one, but they must also take care of the deceased’s estate.

When this man’s grandfather passed away, he started to sort through everything when he found this… and the incredible secrets within.

The family had never seen this trunk before and were anxious to find out what was inside.

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The trunk was so old and fragile that a hinge broke when they opened it.

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These are the covers that they found above the contents.

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This was on the lid of the trunk.

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The trunk was full objects from the early part of the 20th century.

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It was practically a time capsule.

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A famous old book from one of the founders of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

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It looks well read.

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“The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan.”

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It looks like he was a religious man.

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This book is from 1900 and details the Boer War in South Africa.

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It was full of images like this one.

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This is a U.S. history book from around that time.

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Another interesting old book.

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This letter was also found inside the trunk.

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The family determined that the trunk most likely belonged to a J.C. Malone.

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Though J.C. often wrote about farming in Mexico and Oklahoma, it turned out he was also a Freemason.

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It looks like he did some charity work.

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Dues cards were also found inside.

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J.C. was a loyal mason.

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He even had a picture of the Masonic Temple in Chicago, which is no longer standing.

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This ring was found inside.

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As well as an old medical brace.

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This is an ad for a device that helped ease the pain from an inguinal hernia.

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This box used to hold a gun, and there was even a bullet and gun cleaner inside.

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This pamphlet had information about a way to kill germs and help settle a stomach.

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Ol’ J.C. was a socialist, as well.

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A devoted one, too.

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He was a big proponent of workers’ rights.

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Good thing he paid his taxes.

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And celebrated Christmas.

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This old-school check sure is neat.

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These Oklahoma Leader Co. shares cost $10 per share.

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Here are some tickets for “Trade’s Day” in Rush Springs, Oklahoma.

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There were four pairs of bifocals found, all prescribed by a Dr. Haux.

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Were these sunglasses?

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More pictures were found from the early 1900s.

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John Deere products used to look a little different.

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This wagon pamphlet is interesting.

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This map of Northern Europe was the last thing they found inside. Germany was a bit different back then.

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We’re blown away by all of the fascinating pieces of history that they found in this little trunk. It’s like someone’s life was just distilled and left alone for a century. Amazing.