Teacher finds poem from 1893 in a used book, tracks down the author's family

A book with a dried rose as a bookmark.
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A corn husk, a 29-cent Elvis stamp, and a nail file are just some of the things Emma Smreker has discovered inside used books.

A high school French teacher in Oklahoma, Smreker has been collecting used books for some time, and she began noticing that the previous owners used interesting items to keep their place. "It's kind of fascinating," she told KFOR. "It sort of made me think of the story of a book, other than the one that's in the pages."

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