A Michigan man was laying insulation in his attic when he stumbled upon a historic find from decades past: a package of long lost love letters, cards and documents dating back more than 70 years.
Joshua McKinney quickly called for his wife to show her the heartwarming handwritten notes. The husband and wife, clearly fascinated by what they found, combed through countless Valentine’s Day and birthday cards — and romantic letters that were bound together with a ribbon, WJBK-TV reported.
Among the papers, the couple also found a 1941 marriage certificate that belonged to an Edward and Virginia Kissel as well as a 1942 birth certificate belonging to their son William Kissel.
The majority of the love letters were penned in 1940, before the couple wedded.
Rather than keeping the package, McKinney decided to try and find its rightful owners.
What started as a project to bring more warmth to his home had suddenly turned into a quest to track the Kissel family down and to let them know that the cards and documents they once revered had been found.
According to WJBK-TV, McKinney first posted an image of the documents and an accompanying message on Facebook — and within four hours word spread to William Kissel’s daughter Christine, who now has possession of the love notes.
Christine told media how meaningful the discovery is, as her uncle recently passed away and she has been thinking about her deceased father, William, and feeling as though he might be trying to speak to her in the wake of family tragedy.
She has begun combing through the letters with her mother Shirley, which allowed Shirley a lens into her father-in-law’s life — one that she never had before, as she met Edward only once before he died.
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“I mean, it’s love letters. How neat,” Shirley told WJBK-TV. “I didn’t get to know him that much, so these letters, yeah, he was quite a lover I guess!”
While the Kissel family is overjoyed, there is a mystery surrounding how the documents made their way into McKinney’s attic, as the Kissel family has no knowledge of Edward and Virginia Kissel ever living there.
Regardless, the letters provide a historic lens into the family’s history.