CHOCTAW — When their father, Albert, died in January, brothers Max and Bert Hester knew they would have their hands full sorting through the layers of antiques stored in their parents’ Choctaw home.
They never imagined the experience of handling the antiques would be as interesting, or as difficult, as it was.
Albert Hester, 87, died in January. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine, who died in 2012. They had been married for 65 years and much of that time was shared exploring their mutual passion of collecting and selling antiques.
The fruit of all those years of labor will be available at an auction Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2418 N Harper in Choctaw. There will be a preview from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday.
“They loved all the traveling they got to do together,” Maxine’s sister, Jimmie King, said. “There was quite a lot of it. They went so many places and they’d be so proud of what they brought home.”
But when Albert Hester died, the business of sorting it all out fell on the surviving family members, including Bert Hester’s wife, Liz. Over four months the family worked on weekends to organize the house and get items ready to sell.
Bert Hester has been coming down from his home in Sapulpa, and Max, a San Antonio resident, has been in Choctaw off and on before temporarily moving into his parent’s old home for the final few weeks of auction preparation. Both men are retired.
‘It’s just crazy’
When their father died, the brothers knew they had a lot of work ahead, but the amount of items left them virtually speechless.
“When you go down to the shop, it’s just crazy,” Bert Hester said. “It’s tenfold of what’s in the house. It was their shop when we were kids. They kept the building and used it for storage when they started traveling. They’d just back the truck up and drop it off and keep filling it up. We found it in layers.”
The shop is an old Tinker Air Force Base barracks purchased for $1 by Albert in 1971 and moved to Choctaw. Today it is chock full of items the couple collected. In one room, antique wooden trunks are stacked to the ceiling.
Some of the couple’s collection ended up in the movie “Twister.”
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When: Preview, 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Auction, Friday through Sunday.
Where: 2418 N Harper in Choctaw
For more information on the auction, call (918) 482-3947.