AT&T employee uncovers lost pictures more than a century old

Published: Mar. 13, 2015 at 2:10 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 16, 2015 at 2:19 PM CDT
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Borger, TX - What started as a routine AT&T apartment installation in Fort Worth turned into a hunt to return a lost family treasure.

During the installation, AT&T employee Scott Martin discovered a scrapbook with hundreds of old pictures of a Borger family, some dating back to the 1890's. With a little research, he and his supervisor, Pam Ballew, were able to track down a relative still living in Borger today.

After years of sitting in an apartment complex boiler room, the scrapbook finally found its way home and James Harder now has a piece of his family's history. "I didn't even know that book existed," said Harder. "But I knew from where she was telling me the apartment complex was that my aunt had lived there for a while and obviously she left it there when she moved."

Harder said the scrapbook belonged to his grandmother. Because of it, he has now seen some of his relatives for the first time. "I'd never seen but one picture of my grandfather before and none of my great-grandparents. I didn't even know their names. I've got lots to look up in here now. It's really neat just to have family history spring up on you out of nowhere. I'm loving it."

Harder said he is thankful the AT&T employees took the time to return the scrapbook to him instead of just throwing it away. "I can't tell you how much I appreciate that lady sending that to me and being so nice to call and everything. She went way out of her way to do something for somebody and it's great."

Harder plans on redoing the scrapbook and sending copies to his remaining relatives so it stays in the family for good.

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10