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Choctaw family comes together for auction of parents' antiques

Brothers Max and Bert Hester knew they would have their hands full sorting through the layers of antiques stored in their parents’ Choctaw home.
by Matt Patterson Modified: June 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm •  Published: June 11, 2014


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Max Hester holds an old promotional poster for a Kiwanis Club carnival in Nicoma Park. Hester has been searching through numerous items piled against a wall in the upstairs hallway of his parents’ home in Choctaw. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
  Jim Beckel
Max Hester holds an old promotional poster for a Kiwanis Club carnival in Nicoma Park. Hester has been searching through numerous items piled against a wall in the upstairs hallway of his parents’ home in Choctaw. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman Jim Beckel

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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by Matt Patterson
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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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If you go

Antiques auction

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.

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