For carpenters Larry Miller and son Will, finding old newspapers during renovation and remodeling projects is not uncommon. As Mr. Larry explained to The Advertiser, years ago, people would use the newspapers as insulation. So, when the pair was working on a recent remodeling project at a home in Trenton, they were not surprised when, after going through five layers of flooring in the kitchen, they came to a layer of old newspapers. What was surprising, however, it was discovered next.
Mr. Larry shared that he is always careful when removing old newspapers; they are not ripped up and thrown away. Rather, he and his son carefully remove the papers and set them aside for the homeowner. In this case, Will had already transported several papers from the area when he called for his dad saying that he had to come see what he had found. Will then pointed out a small wedding announcement on the front of a paper, a brown weathered copy of The Augusta Chronicle dated Aug. 7, 1946. The announcement read “Miller – Bussey”. It was the wedding announcement for Mr. Larry’s parents!
Landrum Miller and Sara Frances Bussey were married for over 48 years before Landrum’s death in January of 1995. Sara Frances died in September of 2010. The couple had two sons and several grand and great-grand children.
Of finding the small announcement, Mr. Larry said, “I never would have seen it if it weren’t for Will because my eyes just aren’t that good.” He went on to say that finding the article was Divine intervention and joked that he wondered if his momma was reaching out to tell him something. Perhaps the message was to remember to treasure love and family and to celebrate the legacy of those gone on before us.