Florence B. Stanner - We found your wallet in Oak Park

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By Graham Johnston

Wednesday Journal's combined technology and building maintenance department made an interesting discovery in the attic of the Journal's offices Monday morning.

While searching for antiques for an upcoming renovation project, the Journal's Graham Johnston found a pocketbook wallet sitting between two ceiling rafters. The pocketbook and its contents date back to the late 1950s. Inside were receipts, business cards, photos, stands and some clues to its original owner.

An Illinois driver's license – then called an operator's license – was found inside for Florence B. Stanner, born June 25, 1911. Other documents bearing Stanner's name include a vehicle registration – for a 1956 Ford Tudor - an insurance card, and a membership card for the Women's International Bowling Congress. Most of the items place Stanner as a resident of Berwyn, but some list a residence in Elmhurst.

The latest receipt found inside was from May 14, 1959 from Angela of Oak Park - a jewelry store in Berwyn. So one can presume the pocketbook was lost, or stolen, sometime after that last purchase.

If you have any information about Florence B. Stanner or are a relative, please contact us with a comment below or email digital@oakpark.com.

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Jim King from Seguin  

Posted: January 14th, 2013 5:37 PM

What occupied your building in the 1950s?

Tom Gull from Oak Park  

Posted: January 14th, 2013 5:02 PM

DIed in 1979 http://www.sysoon.com/deceased/florence-stanner-37

June from Oak Park  

Posted: January 14th, 2013 4:48 PM

What an awesome discovery. You can contact Frank at the Historical Society of OPRF as he may have some insight

Nancy Johnson from Oak Park  

Posted: January 14th, 2013 4:37 PM

What an interesting mystery! I hope we'll be kept updated about whatever you find out.

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