A decade ago, Joe Florea was cleaning out a vacant storage unit in an Oakland Park warehouse when he made an unusual find — a leather-bound tome dating back to 1870.
The book, Hitchcock’s New and Complete Analysis of the Holy Bible, was rich with history. Tucked inside its pages were two preserved roses, a high school graduation program from 1886 and handwritten family records of births, marriages and deaths.
At the back of the 1,159-page book are three pages of carefully scribed names, written in a caligraphy-like cursive with purple ink. The records document vital events — births, marriages and deaths — between 1880 and 1915. The heads of the family noted are Erza B. Osborne, born in 1822, and Elizabeth Hitchcock, born in 1829.
The aged flowers are held together by a string and a white label that reads, “Bessie’s Wedding, June 18, 1912.”
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