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Old suitcases store ancestral treasure
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VICKI CHAMBERS DISPLAYS her grandmother’s keepsakes  that she stores in antique suitcases.
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VICKI CHAMBERS DISPLAYS her grandmother’s keepsakes that she stores in antique suitcases. Courtesy photo
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BOUNTIFUL — Rebecca Webster Wilson came home from the hospital in 1964 to live our her final days with her family in Bountiful. She brought with her a small suitcase that had her name fastened to it with first-aid tape.

Forty-nine years later, her granddaughter, Vicki Chambers continues to cherish the suitcase.

Chambers stored all her grandmother’s keepsakes  in the suitcase. It worked so well, she began searching to find more antique suitcases. She now has five, and each contains the special treasures of different branches of her family. When her grandchildren visit, they enjoy looking through the suitcases and learning about their ancestors. One granddaughter especially enjoys playing her great-grandfather’s harmonica.

Chambers, company president of the Davis Heritage Company of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, has these suitcases on display on bookshelves in her living room. She shared their contents with members of the company at the group’s annual convention held recently.

The goal of the DUP is to preserve the histories of members’ pioneer ancestry. Members are encouraged to submit histories so that others may learn from the examples of their forbearers.

Those interested in joining the DUP, or in learning more about the organization can visit dupinternational.org.

mwilliams@davisclipper.com

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