My Grandparents Kepsel were just here visiting and it was just so fun. Grandpa always has the best stories to tell, i could listen to them forever. And Grandma knows our family history very well which i also love to learn about.
Several months ago my Grandpa gave me an old gun that was given to him by his Aunt Kate and he in turn passed it on to me. I love it. I love old stuff anyway but this is just very cool. First off it was my Grandpa's, secondly it was my Great Aunt Kate's (my name!!!) and lastly it's old and has a history. Can't get enough of that stuff.
So anyway i finally had it mounted in a shadowbox with the letter my Grandpa wrote about it and i think it turned out great!.
It's an old Smith & Wesson revolver.
You can't really read it but here is the letter that explains it's origins.
Here i will rewrite it. It's pretty cool.
"This pistol was given to me from (Aunt Kate) Katherine Crooks. My Grandmother Hiezler's Sister. I was home on leave from the Air Force in 1958. Granny asked me if i would go to Aunt Kate's house (log cabin) and clean up her yard. She lived in a log cabin on South River Rd in Mt. Clemens, MI. When i finished the job she wanted to pay me, which i refused. She went into the cabin and came out with this pistol in an old holster. The holster was in bad shape so i disposed of it (i should not have). But i retained the pistol for the the past 50 yrs."
Grandpa always has the best stories to tell, i could listen to them forever. He says that Aunt Kate was a tough old lady who had chickens everywhere. She would go out kill one, flip over the feed "bucket" and then cook that poor bird right in its own feed bucket! I wish i had a picture of her. I'll have to ask Grandpa if there is one. It also turns out that Aunt Kate and Granny Hiezler are the Irish part of the family, which i love. My Dad's side of the family is VERY German on both sides (Kepsel and Hiezler) but there is some strong Irish blood on my Grandpa's side (Flannigan). German-Irish. That explains a lot about our family...and our temperment!