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Barn sale offers Davy Crockett kin mementoes
Some of the treasures found at Sue’s Country Barn include a mounted collection of colorful butterflies, above left, and a collection of bugs in a plastic box, seen below at right. The bugs collection even includes information on where they were found. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO
Not many can say they have met in person the last surviving family member of American folk hero, frontiersman and politician Davy Crockett.

Perhaps not even a few can say they have set foot and have been welcomed inside this person’s home.

One Mantecan, Sue Giullian, can say yes to both of the above. How did that happen? According to Giulian, the 96-year-old husband of the Crockett kin recently passed away. With her husband of some seven decades now gone, the wife decided to move to the East Coast to be near her own relatives. But before she had to do that, the elderly wife had to get rid of some of the things she and her husband have accumulated through the years to facilitate her move. Not that she had much to get rid of.

The couple’s home, where they lived for at least 70 years, was reportedly a very unusual one under current living standards. It was devoid of any of today’s modern and state-of-the-art home accoutrements that are so easily taken for granted in this day and age of nano-speed news and entertainment venues and virtual socializations courtesy of the Internet. The Crockett kin’s home had no television, no telephone, not even a radio, Giulian noted. But she was able to purchase a few precious memorabilia from the home during a state sale.

Those who would like to have some of those items for posterity, or simply for nostalgia’s sake, can find some of them at Sue’s Country Barn. About twice a year, in the spring and fall, Giulian opens the doors of the barn at her family’s almond orchard on East Highway 120. Her fall barn boutique is currently ongoing, with the last day on Sunday, Oct. 24. The barn is open for this autumn boutique sale every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Among her “fabulous finds” this time from various estate sales were a circa 1860s cloth-bound, hand-colored and the size of a coffee-table world atlas, bound compilations of the New York Times – the volumes are actual pages of the newspaper – from the 1930s and 1940s, a boxed collection of moths with each insect contained in an individual small envelope complete with identification information, and a mounted collection of colorful butterflies.

“There are several hundreds of them, all in great condition,” plus information as to “where the collector found them,” Giulian saidof the moth collection The New York Times came from a collector who obtained the newspaper copies from the New York Times archives, she said.

If you’re not into antiques or collectibles but you are looking for freshly picked raw almonds, Sue’s Country Barn also has some for sale from “our new crop of almonds,” Giulian said.

The nuts are a throwback to the years when Sue’s Country Barn was actually open as a roadside fruit stand until Giulian closed it down a few years ago.

The barn is located at 12607 E. Highway 120 just west of Jack Tone Road.