Crutchfeldt inherited an old antique walnut nightstand that Emma once had. She left it for him because she knew he would appreciate it. Oswald did like it and was overcome when he was told she had left it to him. He knew the piece was Emma’s pride and joy, because it had been handed down from her great grandfather long ago. Crutchfeldt proudly carried the stand to his room and put it in a corner beside his bed.
Since the piece had been handled by several of the movers and had sat in storage for a bit, he figured it would need a good cleaning and a good polish. The middle drawer of the cabinet was a little bit cantankerous to open, but Crutchfeldt gave it a yank anyway. When it opened, he had it in his lap, it had come completely out! Suddenly, he realized why it was so hard to open. Taped to the bottom of the drawer was a well used spiral bound notebook.
When he opened it he knew instantly that the handwriting was Emma’s. There were lots of pages of notes and a few old pictures glued on to a few of them. This was Emma’s journal he decided, and he knew he should give it to Edmond. But curiosity got the best of him and he had to read a few entries.
She had started out talking about her grandfather, Perry Whitcomb who had started a business with his friend long time friend Cesille Dashburry in 1856. Supposedly Perry had his eye on Emma’s mother as well. But Cesille had put almost all of his money into the business and thought he couldn’t afford a wife.
In 1865, it was the plague that killed Whitcomb when he came in contact with a shipment of cotton goods on the docks from Jamaica. It turned out that Cesille was the only one listed as the beneficiary in the Perry Whitcomb will. With Whitomb’s death and now being the sole owner of a thriving shipping company, it drove Cesille to ignore the pile of papers and other documents Perry left behind.
He gave the job of taking care of all that to his book keeper, a miss Elizabeth Wellington. She worked through most of the paperwork but set aside a deed to a small piece of property she had discovered that had Whitcomb’s name on it.
Elizabeth went to Cesille to let him know she found it and wanted to know what she should do with it. He thought since he was the beneficiary of their business enterprise, the deed would become his property. He told her to file it away somewhere so she put it in a file. 6 months later in 1867, Cesille proposed to Elizabeth and they were married in the fall. It was a beautiful wedding, and their son came the following year, his name was Shelby.
By the spring of 1901, in the garage next to the office a fire broke out. It took several buildings and almost destroyed their office too. Within a year, Shelby was promoted to vice president of the Dashburry mercantile. 2 years later, Cesille passed away, and now Elizabeth let Shelby take over the business. He was definitely determined to make it an even bigger success than before. It was at a party celebrating his 28th birthday that he met Emma Whitcomb. It wasn’t a year later that Shelby asked her to marry him.
Elizabeth remembered she still had the deed and thought it would be an excellent wedding gift. There was only one small problem, Cesille had never taken the deed to the assessors office and had the name changed, it had slipped his mind. Shelby knew about the property, but he wanted to live in Davington, he didn’t like living out in the country. Maybe someday that little piece of ground would be worth something. That piece of property that Shelby didn’t like might someday be something she could give to one of her children, maybe they might like to have it. Emma though that the old safe she had bought earlier would be a good place to keep that deed
Finally, someone thinks about the safe Emma had. But wait, who has the combination? It isn’t written down anywhere! Please stop by again to find out more on “what happens at Pops perspective.”