UPDATE: Relative of Couple Listed on 1945 Letter Found

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: Fri 9:56 AM, May 16, 2014

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) -- A western Michigan postal official says a relative of a couple listed on an unopened letter from 1945 has been identified.

Muskegon Postmaster William Rowe told The Muskegon Chronicle on Thursday that Nancy Sensabaugh Baker is the granddaughter of "Mr. and Mrs. Sensabaugh." She lives in Winter Haven, Florida.

Officials had been seeking the couple's relatives after an unopened letter sent nearly 70 years ago from a sergeant at an Army base in New York state recently surfaced.

Rowe says Baker told him in a phone call that she lived for a short time in the house where the letter was mailed. The house now is empty.

Rowe says he plans to send the letter to Baker next week.

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ORIGINAL STORY : Wed 1:37 PM, May 14, 2014

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) -- Postal officials are searching for the relatives of a western Michigan couple who were the intended recipients of a World War II-era letter that was mailed, but perhaps never delivered, nearly 70 years ago.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports Wednesday that the letter bears an Army Post Office postmark from 1945 and is addressed to "Mr. and Mrs. Sensabaugh" on Washington Avenue, Muskegon.

The sender's name is Sgt. Myron C. Cook, based in New York.
Postmaster William Rowe says it appears someone in Minnesota recently mailed the letter again. A 2013 postmark from Minneapolis was stamped over the original postmark. The letter also appears to have never been opened.

Historian Richard Mullally documents Muskegon County World War II veterans and plans to research the names in the hunt for relatives.

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