WEST LAFAYETTE -- A sentimental and historic journey is what has taken shape for one local resident as she prepares for a two-day, two-ring auction at her home.
Shirley Kirkpatrick of West Lafayette said she is needing to downsize since her husband passed away this past May. That has led her to an auction as a way of eliminating three buildings full of items.
"Things have been accumulating for a long, long time," she said. "I ran into stuff that I couldn't believe."
The "things" she is referring to are collectibles, antiques and other items that she and her late husband Roger collected over the years, but also the collections of Roger's parents the late Bob and Clarice Kirkpatrick as well as their parents John and Anna Kirkpatrick.
One auction, which sold mainly guns, Indian artifacts and a few other items, took place Sept. 25. Now, a second two-day, two-ring auction will be Oct. 22 and 23 at her home just outside of West Lafayette on Route 93.
Kirkpatrick has come across several interesting items in her "finds" including a Coshocton County Centennial History from 1811-1911, World's Fair purse from 1904 which is autographed by Mrs. Josiah Murphy Sr. of Newcomerstown, autograph books dating back to the 1880s, Minnie Pearl autographed diary, war ration books with stamps, a Bible written in German, a West Lafayette College yearbook from 1914, camelback trunk, enamelware, vintage clothes, tools, glass, sleigh bells, quilts, train lantern, butter churns, cookbooks, cheese box, cookie jars, 48-star American flag, skin of an endangered monkey, etc.
"There has to be a lot of people that hasn't seen this kind of stuff," she said.
Kirkpatrick said she also found a box of drawings from Ray Berkshire, who learned how to draw from a mail-in art studio. He made advertisement drawings for places such as Coca-Cola and Hellers Bros. She wonders where he's at today.
She admits that some of the items that will be up for bid will be hard to see sell because of the memories that are attached to them, such as the Santa Claus costume that she wore, or the skin and gloves of a family horse that was injured on a cattle drive back from the Ohio River to Coshocton that she has.
"I have really enjoyed just digging into this kind of stuff," she said. "It's really been an exciting time for me and my friends that come in and find this stuff."