It's never too late for grandma's letter

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2002

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) -- Martha Croft recently got an unusually special delivery: a 50-year-old letter from her grandmother.

Croft, 69, was a student at Central Michigan University in 1952 when her grandmother, Marie Hill, sent her the letter.

The letter was found during recent renovations of the university's Sloan Hall, a women's dormitory from 1941 to 1963. Croft once lived in the building, which now houses the psychology department.

The postage on the letter, postmarked Feb. 29, 1952, from Panama City, Fla., was three cents.

The letter was found behind woodwork on the first floor of the hall, said Timothy Hartshorne, psychology department chair. He alerted school officials, who tracked down Croft and had the letter delivered.

Remnants of dried flower petals and leaves were inside the envelope along with a handwritten note. Hill told her granddaughter that she was excited about a visit she was planning with one of her college friends.

Croft said she was thrilled to have her hands on the letter.

''I am going to keep this one. It's something to remember her by,'' she said. ''I've got another nice memory now.''

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