Graham Caskeyâ€™s children searched far and wide to give him a piece of his past for Fatherâ€™s Day.
â€œI was tickled to death,â€ he said of the Ladies Home Journal he received, which contained a picture of his oldest brother, Clay, being served cake by Eleanor Roosevelt at Water Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.
When Graham was just a little boy during the Great Depression, Clay left the family to become part of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the mountains of North Carolina.
While working for the CCC, he injured his leg and eventually found himself in the Walter Reed Hospital. He died when he was only 19 and Graham was 9.
For many years Graham has kept a photocopied picture of his brother being served by Roosevelt.
â€œEverybody in Lincoln Countyâ€™s probably seen this picture,â€ said Robert Caskey, his son.
Robert and his sister, Pam Huskey, hoped to find their father the real thing.
â€œThey just have a photocopy, and itâ€™s really ragged,â€ Huskey said. â€œItâ€™s like someone tore the page out of the book and made a copy and sent it to them.â€
After calling publishing companies, the Smithsonian and looking through the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library, the Caskeys finally had some success.
A 1936 edition of Ladies Home Journal carried a small version of the picture. Robert bought it as soon as he heard the news.
â€œA 10-cent magazine cost him $37,â€ Huskey said.
It was a very special Fatherâ€™s Day gift.
â€œItâ€™s family history,â€ Graham said. â€œHe was my oldest brother.â€
While finding the magazine was a definite success, both Pam and Robert are still searching for a bigger version of the photograph, which Graham believes may have appeared in a Life Magazine.
â€œMy father and his brothers and sisters are all getting up in age, and I just think it would be something important to them to have and to see because he was so young when he died and most of them only have small memories of him,â€ Huskey said. â€œI just think it would make them happy.â€
The Caskeys are willing to continue with their search until they find the original large copy. They donâ€™t mind looking through piles of old magazines to get closer to their goal.
â€œLittle insignificant things like this can mean a lot to people,â€ Huskey said. â€œItâ€™s not a bad thing to be a packrat and save.â€
To contact Pam Huskey call (704) 735-7970.
by Sarah Grano