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Home improvement leads to sweet find

Lost 1940's Love Letters Found in Stranger's Attic

Joshua McKinney has just a couple reams of insulation that he still needs to put in his attic. His project was interrupted shortly after he began removing the old insulation.

'I was just scooping it up so I could put the new stuff down and when I did that it was just plop, What is this?' McKinney told FOX17. 'I started looking and I was like, 'Honey, come look at what I found, this is kind of cool.'

The couple began thumbing through the find.

'There was a bunch of letters wrapped up in ribbon dating back to 1940,' he said.

Included was William Kissel's birth certificate from 1942 and Edward and Virginia Kissel's marriage certificate from 1941. They had the names, now the McKinneys had to track down the family.

'We first posted it on Facebook and went from there,' he said.

The post bounced around on Facebook for a mere four hours before getting the attention of Williams' daughter Christine Frien, from Muskegon, who saw a deeper connection at play.

'With my dad's brother just passing away this weekend. I don't know. I felt like my dad was just trying to talk with me,' said Frien.

She brought the letters home and began pouring over the find with her mother, Shirley Kissel.

For Shirley, it was a chance to to get know her husband's father, a man she'd only met once before his death.

'I didn't get to know him that much,' she said. 'But he was kind of a lover I guess.'

How the letters ended up at the cottage in Casnovia is a mystery for another day.

'We only knew they lived in Ludington,' Frien said of her grandparents. 'And then here in Muskegon. So that is going to be something to find out.'

However they ended up there, the family is happy to now have them in their possession.


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wittlief January 29 2014 at 10:41 AM

why would someone hide legal documents in the attic, under the insulation?!

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Bob January 29 2014 at 10:34 AM

I doubt that I would have removed the old stuff before laying the new insulation. Seems like it would provide increased insulating property to lay the new atop the old.

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Pat Petersen January 29 2014 at 10:38 AM

Depends. Over time, old insulation compacts and deteriorates, losing much of its insulating value. And if it got wet at all, it HAD to be removed.

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bowesj January 29 2014 at 10:24 AM

Absolutely wonderful. Keep them for ever, I would love to have something like that from my mother.

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lordamhrst January 29 2014 at 10:03 AM

"POURING" over the find? The find must've been SOAKED! (It's amazing the number of stupid grammar and vocabulary mistakes you find in AOL articles!)

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rwilliamhoward January 29 2014 at 10:23 AM

What is the CORRECT word?

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Bob January 29 2014 at 10:30 AM

"Poring"

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wittlief January 29 2014 at 10:37 AM

Poaring.

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caroleorris January 29 2014 at 10:35 AM

who cares

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Denise January 29 2014 at 9:59 AM

Very cool.

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Scott January 29 2014 at 9:49 AM

I had new flooring placed in my 1950's house and in the crawl space were 2 old beer cans from the original construction workers.

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ctmach1 January 29 2014 at 9:38 AM

I just buried both my parents and in going through mom's things I found a book that is over 100 years old. Odd thing is, the book is about grieving.

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aleenash January 29 2014 at 9:28 AM

Better news than most news we see today!

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studiosound3 January 29 2014 at 9:12 AM

How is this news?

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rwikert January 29 2014 at 9:15 AM

You are an idiot.

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Rick January 29 2014 at 9:52 AM

It is News because for once Fox has reported a positive story.

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Scott January 29 2014 at 8:59 AM

I was sweeping out our garage, and I found a newspaper from two weeks ago.

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wittlief January 29 2014 at 10:38 AM

you should track down the original owner
maybe the newpaper company can help you.

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Jim January 29 2014 at 11:06 AM

I do believe that the original owner would find it very difficult to discuss this matter considering that he is dead and burried.

Jim

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Jim January 29 2014 at 11:04 AM

Now that is really "NEWS" And were your Pouring over it, or Poaring over it, or PORING over it -- awwwhhh heck, were you "reviewing " it? (For the record, Bob was correct with his answer of PORING.
Scott has a good seense of humor in today's trying times. Thanks for my FIRST laugh of the day Scott.

Jim

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