Keepsakes Passed Down Through Generations
Most of us, at some point in our lives, have inherited a special gift from a loved one. No matter what kind of gift it was – little treasures, homemade gifts, family heirlooms – it was a gift from the heart, and one we will always treasure.
We asked our readers, “What treasured gifts have been handed down to you from a parent, grandparent or great-grandparent? Why did the gift have special meaning? Did it come with any words of wisdom or free advice?”
Our readers responded, and the best of their stories are available for you below.
Pocketknife and Fatherly Advice Are Treasured Gifts
Grandfather’s Antique Desk Is a Family Heirloom
Father and Son Bond Is Among Most Precious Gifts
Grandpa’s Hall Tree
Family Bible a Valuable Possession
Manuscript is Grandfather’s Legacy
Beautiful Picture a Gift From Grandma
Grandma’s Holy Bible Has New Home
Treasures Gift From St. Louis World’s Fair
Bird Watching Led to Grandmother’s Gift
Hope Chest and Dinnerware Are Among Treasures
Wooden Chair Passed Down Through Generations
Family Heirloom Has Special Meaning
Still Treasures and Uses Grandpa’s Rosary
Vegetable Slicer Part of Family History
We Want to Hear Your Story
We want to hear your stories about small-town county fairs. Tell us about your favorite rides, 4-H activities, livestock showings, and ribbon-winning canned and baked goods. Send us your county fair stories, with a photograph or two (jpeg, at least 300 dpi) if available, and we’ll publish our favorites in a future issue. We’ll also feature a few on our Capper’s Farmer website. Email your stories and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or send them to
Capper’s Farmer Editorial
Attn: Heart of the Home Department,
1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609.
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Heart of the Home: Chores on the Family Farm
Working with her grandmother for a year putting her stories to paper for future generations, a reader shares part of her grandmother’s story of growing up in a large family, and the farm chores that kept everyone busy.
The Noodle Wagon
Childhood memories of a mother who left a loving legacy around the enjoyment of cooking and its ability to fill small pockets with change…
Sharing the Tradition
Reminiscing on treasured family recipes and giving tribute to two inspiring women who filled my life with so many good memories.