I couldn't help but be amazed when I digitized this book. It is the most damaged book I have done so far although a few others have been close. Some of these Quadrennial Enumerations, which are similar to census records, have been exposed to water at some point and have water and mold damage. This one has holes where the mold is that go deep into the book. The first few pages were stuck together and I had to try to gently separate them. One of the amazing things is that the pages that were stuck together and tore when I tried to separate them were the blank pages between the letters A and B, The pages with writing on them remained remarkably legible with very few names destroyed. Pages A and B were in the worst condition. The rest of the book was entirely legible although every page was water damaged. The back cover looks almost as bad as the front cover. I was in awe that so many of these names had somehow been preserved until we could digitize them. Surely Heavenly Father's protective care had been with these books until they could be preserved.
Unless Brother Grammer has some more we don't know about we should finish the QE's in the next day or two.
We almost have all of the divorce packets in the folders now and we have three boxes ironed and two weeks ago we digitized the first box of divorce folders. We should have the audit back on that box this week and that will tell us if we did it right or not. I expect we will start on them again the day after tomorrow.
The fall colors are at their peak and the leaves are falling to the ground. The weather is starting to turn colder but not too bad. It doesn't sound like winters here are quite as bad as Utah winters except Marietta has more black ice.
When we drive to Spencer on Sundays we go through a town named Ripley. In the downtown area the lamp posts are decorated for Halloween. It's really fun!
The Spencer Branch was reorganized the week before last. President Offenberger was released and for the first time in many, many, years the Spencer Branch is standing on it's own with a local Branch President, We are so excited! Already the new Branch President is doing a great job. He met with us on Sunday after church and he has 3 great goals and is "In Action". We can see the Spencer Branch really taking off now!
We sure would love to hear from each of you! We miss you all so much! We're doing our best to move the work forward here. We know it is the Lord's work and it is so great to be a part of it. What is certain is that Heavenly Father knows each one of His children by name and each one is incredibly important to Him; so important that he preserves individual names a little moldy book in the attic of a courthouse in Marietta, Ohio. Keep the faith! Never give up! We love you so much!