The postmark read April 23, 2015, and indicated that its origin was located less than 40 miles away in Grand Rapids. The sender, however, hadn’t included a return address. But closer inspection revealed something unexpected. And as Boes studied the missive further, she felt she was holding something of great significance.
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. 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, it had been neatly kept and was in pretty good condition. “[It was in] perfect shape,” the postmaster recalled. “You could read every word.” And as she read each one, a sense of excitement came over her.