A Michigan couple’s routine cleaning task turned into a heartwarming discovery when they stumbled upon a 172-year-old Bible in an abandoned semi-trailer on their property.
In a report by CBN, Larry and Joyce Schramm, proud owners of a storage facility where the semi-trailer had been left, shared their astonishing find with WJBK-TV.
This well-preserved Bible contained a treasure trove of historical documents, including cards, letters, marriage certificates, and death certificates, offering a unique glimpse into the past.
The most remarkable aspect of this discovery is that, unlike other items in the trailer that were ravaged by rainwater and mold, the Bible remained remarkably intact. It had been carefully wrapped and protected, preserving its pages and contents. Larry Schramm expressed his amazement, stating, “It’s amazing how old this book is. It was a neat find.”
Rather than keeping the Bible for themselves, the Schramm family decided to embark on a heartfelt mission to reunite it with its rightful owners. The only clue they initially had was a last name: Wendell. However, their efforts to locate the family proved challenging. Fortunately, the story took a heartwarming turn when they entrusted the Bible to WJBK-TV.
Reporters from WJBK-TV took on the task of tracking down the Wendell family in earnest. After diligent investigative work, they succeeded in locating Chrys Wendell, who resides in Arizona. She confirmed that the Bible had belonged to her father’s side of the family. Her connection to the historical artifact shed light on how it came to be abandoned in the semi-trailer.
Chrys Wendell explained, “My grandparents were antique dealers, and my father had this semi with all the stuff in it.” She went on to reveal that a friend had promised to take care of the semi-truck after her father’s passing seven years ago. However, that promise had gone unfulfilled, leaving valuable possessions, including the Bible, hidden from sight. Surprisingly, Chrys had been unaware of the Bible’s existence, making this discovery all the more unexpected for her.
The Bible and the accompanying family records are now helping Chrys Wendell learn more about her family’s history. She expressed her gratitude for the unexpected find, stating, “My dad would be proud that you guys found this Bible. That would bring him much joy.”
The Schramm family is elated that the Bible is on its way back to its rightful owner, and their dedication to reuniting it with the Wendell family has paid off.