SAN JOSE STATE SCHOLAR UNRAVELS THE STORY OF A FASCINATING DISCOVERY IN THE EAST BAY
By Richard Scheinin
"Joan Kaufmann is thumbing through neatly cataloged volumes of family letters and documents in her Danville home when she comes across a page of scribblings of particular interest. Casually jotted on a piece of paper are the contents of an aluminum lunchbox that once belonged to a relative named Tom Desmines in the south of France: "11 silver spoons... 1 gold chain, 36 grams... Chinese lock and key... box Beethoven skullbones."
Kaufmann, who is 70, chuckles: "I never assumed that I married into a family like this."
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