The postmark read April 23, 2015, and also indicated that its origin was in Grand Rapids, less than 40 miles away from the Newaygo office. The sender, however, hadn’t included a return address. Yet as Boes studied the missive further, she felt like she was holding something of great significance.
So she opened the envelope. And inside the mystery package was another envelope. The paper, frayed at the edges, had begun to brown with age. The handwriting, too, appeared to come from another place and time. What’s more, the precise and spidery script, Boes believed, could only have belonged to a person of a certain age.
What became apparent to Boes, then, was that the second envelope was fairly old. Nevertheless, the letters inside had been neatly kept. “Some were in perfect shape,” the postmaster recalled. “You could read every word.” And as she read each one, in fact, a sense of excitement came over her.