Nicholas Grod of Portland, Oregon used an online obituary to track down the rightful heir to a fortune in US Government bonds that he found hidden in his basement.
KATU-TV (Portland, OR) reports that last year Grod was cleaning out the basement of his Portland, Oregon home and found a homemade box wedged under a shelf. In it he found $200,000 in US Bonds, family photographs, a letter and clues to the person who had left them there.
Nicholas Grod used the Internet to track down the details about the previous owners of the house. He had reached a dead-end in the census - but "but an online obituary led Grod to a grandson named Thomas Fagg who lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma."
From that online obituary Nicholas Grod made contact with Thomas Fagg, now 2,000 miles away, and sent him the box and valuables that he had found hidden in his basement.
Wow - Thomas Fagg was thrilled to receive those family photos - he didn't have any pictures of his grandfather - he was also pleased to receive the bonds. “There are no words in the English language that can express the gratitude and admiration I have for this man for being so, so honest,” Fagg said.
You can see the entire KATU-TV interview with Nicholas Grod and Thomas Fagg at: http://www.katu.com/news/39350242.html?video=YHI&t=a
****The above was taken from Genealogy Blog's 10 Feb 2009 post. - cbh