A post card that’s been lost in the mail for over half a century will finally return to its rightful owner, thanks to a local mail carrier.
In small town Haviland, everyone knows mail carrier Marilyn Foster.
Every morning, she hops in her car and heads on her route.
“I’ve been doing this job for seven years,” she said. “I like that I can be alone in my car and see the wildlife,”
But on January 24, 2019, she came across something unusual as she was sorting through her mail.
“It was a just a typical day, and I came across this post card with a five cent stamp dated April 1966,” she said. “It’s from Rock Island, IL.”
A 53-year-old message addressed to three sisters, Josie, Ruth and Connie Laird.
Foster said she recognized the names of the sisters, they went to school with her back in the day.
She also recognized the name of the person who sent the letter, Uncle Rich.
“The family moved away from here, but I knew them around town,” she said. “The Haviland address on the post card is different, but their house still remains.”
The person living in the house is not related to the Liards, but Foster was able to contact Connie.
“As soon as I got home, I got on Facebook and contacted one of the recipients who lives in Kansas City,” Foster said. “She now goes by Connie Foster; which is ironic, but we’re not related.”
Foster said the postcard arrived that day in town, so it’s a mystery where its been all these years.
“It could have been in Denver, Oklahoma or Dallas,” she said. “It just popped up, and I’m lucky I knew the recipient.”
Foster just happens to go to K.C. for her cancer treatments, so she plans to take this long awaited message with her within the next couple of weeks.
“Miss you. Love, Uncle Rich,” she read from the letter.
This time, she’s taking no chances and guaranteeing its safe arrival.
“I don’t want to put this back in the mail,” Foster said. “I think it’s something that needs to be hand delivered,” she said. “I’m excited to see her reaction.”