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In The Star Tribune's recent article, "How amateur sleuths solved the mystery of 100-year-old south Minneapolis toilet cover," reporter Richard Chin shares the story of Otto Johnson, a plumber who installed a toilet in a bungalow in south Minneapolis nearly 100 years ago. After the job was done, Johnson signed his work on the inside of the toilet tank lid with a pencil: "Otto Johnson plumber May 6, 1924."
Nearly 100 years later when the bungalow's current owner, Alan Peters, was preparing to move, he wanted to make sure the toilet ended up in good hands.
"I could not in good conscience take this evidence of pride to throw out in the trash," Peters said to The Star Tribune.
Peters then asked for help online, asking if anyone knew of Johnson's descendants. After some research, Peters was able to find Johnson's granddaughter and gift her with the toilet cover as a family keepsake.
Those interested can read the full story for free on The Star Tribune's website: http://strib.mn/38hyUkS.