Publicity about an upcoming eBay auction of items found in abandoned safe deposit boxes has helped reunite a film reel of the Cornhusker football team with the family that owns it.

The film reel, believed to be from the 1930s or '40s, has been removed from the State Treasurer’s Office’s auction, which includes items turned over between 2005 and 2011. The auction begins at 10 a.m. Monday.

A relative of the owners learned about the film from news accounts published Thursday. It was believed to belong to Kay Torrence, who was the granddaughter of Clarence Swanson, who played for the Cornhuskers in the 1920s and died in 1970.

“We are very happy to see this piece of Cornhusker history be returned to the Swanson family where it belongs,” State Treasurer Don Stenberg said Friday.

Earlier attempts to find the family had been unsuccessful.

Other items to be sold at the auction include 11 Shaquille O'Neal rookie cards, a large number of Morgan silver dollars, a gold wristwatch valued at $1,800, a squash blossom-type necklace made in part with 150 Mercury dimes, and two 1928 gold certificate $10 bills.

The money received from the auction will be held forever for heirs.

Unclaimed property is listed at

The auction will be held at

Interested bidders for the auction can follow on for a preview of items.


JoAnne Young covers state government, including the Legislature and state agencies, and the people they serve.

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