For me, a mouse has always been something we set a trap for when and if there was evidence of its presence. However, I found this story in a 1942 Morrow County Independent that I had never heard. So I share it with you.
He recounts that a couple from Fulton who had recently purchased the house found a mouse hole in a clothes closet and upon further investigation of the hole they found six packets of paper money hidden behind the baseboard of the room. . The money, all in large bills of $1, $5, $10 and $20, had been pressed flat with an iron.
For years the residence was the home of a Mrs. Jane Averill who died on January 6, 1940 at the age of 97. It is believed the money was hidden in the wall by Mrs Averill who received help from the Elderly Care Division for a few months before her death.
The mouse, which led to the discovery of the money, first ran through the living room, chased by the resident’s dog and jumped onto a couch. Pushed off the couch, the mouse ran into the clothes closet.
Using his flashlight, the home owner noticed a small piece of cardboard almost covered in plaster. He tore it up, believing it might cover a hole used by the mouse. When the cardboard was ripped off, a bundle of cash was discovered.
A further search of the house revealed five more pieces of cardboard that covered bundles of cash! A thorough search of the house did not turn up any more money after the six parcels were found.
Mrs. Averill resided in the county all her life and her only close relatives were nephews and nieces. She was the widow of John Averill, a mover, who died a quarter of a century ago.
Hmm – maybe I’ll look at a mouse a little differently – but from a good distance.
Retrospective: October 1942: Dr. Lowell Murphy buys the Elizabeth Neal residence on East Main Street. Two men serving time in Morrow County Jail have been released to enlist in the US Army. Walter Long of Cardington, secured a government contract for assembly work on cables used in military aircraft. It employed 12 men working two shifts in the hall formerly occupied by Meredith’s grocery store.