Letter written in Maine 83 years ago delivered

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Outdoor portrait of a rural postal mail carrier, standing with his Wagner 4-11 motorcycle next to a postal box on his route near Newell, South Dakota arounf 1914. He wears a cap and overalls, with sacks of mail in a basket on the rear of his motorcycle. (Photo by Historic Photo Archive/Getty Images)

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.


Information from: Morning Sentinel, http://www.onlinesentinel.com/

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