News

Letter written in 1931 finally delivered

Letter written in 1931 finally delivered

WAIT A MINUTE, MR. POSTMAN: It took 83 years, but the mail finally came. Photo: clipart.com

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A letter written by a Maine school teacher in 1931 to her mother 150 miles away has finally been delivered — 83 years later.

Twenty-three-year-old Miriam McMichael sent the nine-page letter from Houlton to Dollena McMichael in Pittsfield. Both women have since died.

The letter was lost and only recently found at the Pittsfield post office. Postal worker Michelle Rowell found it and tells the Morning Sentinel she knew it was old because of the 2-cent stamp.

The postmaster and town officials tracked down the family, and the letter is now in the hands of 69-year-old Ann MacMichael, of Cornville, Miriam’s niece and Dollena’s granddaughter. The spelling of the family name has changed.

MacMichael says the irony is that the writer apologizes for not writing sooner.

Recent Headlines

36 mins ago in National

Making headlines this week

Fresh
A member of the NATO parachute demonstration team lands during a change of command ceremony at NATO military headquarters in Mons, southern Belgium on Wednesday May 4, 2016. U.S. Army General Curtis  M. Scaparrotti was installed as NATO's 18th supreme allied commander Europe (SACEUR). The commander, by tradition an American general or admiral, is responsible for the overall direction and conduct of NATO's global military operations. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

A look back at some of the biggest stories this week and the headlines you may have missed.

39 mins ago in Lifestyle, National

Anti-hunger group uses fake app to fool, educate

Fresh
18-overlay

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates 14 percent of Americans, or more than 17 million people, are what is called food insecure, meaning at times of the year, they are uncertain of being able to acquire enough food for their household.

2 hours ago in Local

Greenfield, Northampton Celebrate Pride This Weekend

pride image

The parade starts at noon Saturday, and the celebration continues with music, food and speakers at the Three County Fairgrounds. Around 20,000 people are expected to attend.

3 hours ago in Local

Kidnapping, Battery of Girlfriend, Results in Southampton Rollover

police lights

His 18 year old girlfriend was seriously injured in the crash Wednesday afternoon. Simmons is being held without bail until a dangerousness hearing today.

3 hours ago in Local

Failed Zoning Bylaw Forces Hadley Tiny Home Owner Out of Town

hadley tiny house sarah hastings

Town meeting voters have turned down a zoning bylaw change that would have allowed Sarah Hastings’ 200 square foot house to remain on an East Street property.