Indiana Woman Finally Receives Postcard 60 Years Later

In this March 29, 2018 photo, Christine Combs, right, poses with Sharon Gongwer in Goshen, Ind., after finding and delivering a postcard tucked away in a file cabinent at the Quality Inn & Suites, which was written in 1958 intended for Gongwer. The postcard was sent from California, and written by Gongwer’s mother who passed away in 1973.( Ben Mikesell/The Goshen News via AP)

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana woman has finally received a postcard that her mother mailed from southern California nearly 60 years ago.

The postcard was hand-delivered to Sharon Gongwer of Goshen last week by Christine Combs, the manager of the Quality Inn & Suites in Goshen. Combs had found it tucked away in a drawer while cleaning out cabinets.

The Goshen News reports the postcard dated Aug. 26, 1958, described in tiny, penciled print the adventures from her mother’s time in southern California. On the front was a photo of palm trees lining a neighborhood street. The postage was three cents.

“I looked at the date and thought, how strange is that?” Combs said. It was addressed to “Miss Sharon Ann Gongwer” of nearby Wakarusa, so she looked up the name and found the intended recipient residing at an assisted living center near the hotel.

“It’s a touch of my mother,” Gongwer said. “I don’t have many of her things anymore.”

Neither woman knew how the postcard ended up at the hotel, but Combs said she was glad she came across it.

“Some people probably would have thrown it away if they found it,” Combs said.

The postcard was well preserved.

“To have a postcard in this good of condition is amazing,” Gongwer said as she thanked Combs for delivering the lost postcard.

“I’m glad I could make you smile today,” Combs replied.


 

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