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Letter Written by Maine School Teacher to Mother 83 Years Ago Finally Delivered

An envelope that contained nine pages of letters written and mailed in 1931 by Miriam McMichael Robinson. David Learning—Morning Sentinel

The writer's niece Ann MacMichael, who the letter was handed over to says that the irony is that the writer in her mail has apologized for not writing sooner.

(SKOWHEGAN, Maine) — 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.

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