Letter from 1886 found in pristine ailment during residence renovation

Dee Yonker

NUNICA, Mich. (WXMI) — A family doing the job on some renovations in a property they not too long ago acquired ended up stunned to learn a letter from 1886 hidden neatly guiding a baseboard.

Erik Erhorn and his wife procured the residence and the assets it sits on back again in 2017.

Erhorn, who also happens to be the Crockery Township Supervisor, was working inside the home with his brother Tyler awhile back when they manufactured the fascinating obtain.

“From August 3 of 1886, M. Spencer, Sir…” Erhorn browse from the major of the letter.

The letter is resolved to Mr. Medad Spencer, who was born in New York in 1831, and later on moved to Nunica, Michigan.

In accordance to online family members documents, Medad Spencer would invest the rest of his daily life at the house, ultimately remaining buried in the Nunica Cemetery in Oct 1919.

Erik and his spouse bought the property again in 2017 from a woman whose partner had passed.

Interestingly adequate, that woman’s family experienced purchased the parcel from Erhorn’s ancestors quite a few many years prior.

“They acquired it from my Good Grandpa who purchased the farm from the Spencer loved ones in the early 1940s,” Erhorn explained.

That would be the Spencer Family— Medad Spencer’s ancestors.

The letter identified tackled to Medad questioned him to take into account purchasing a large parcel of land from the male who wrote the letter— a Mr. Charles V. Warren.

“Charles V. Warren of Hart desired Medad to provide his house down in this article, and get the residence up in Hart, his 160 acres,” Erhorn spelled out of the letter.

“And it talks about, you know, the fantastic tillage, the streams that operate by means of it, and then the excellent timber… ‘there’s superior rail timber, fantastic buildable timber, lots of wood… small brooks running with trout.’”

They also discovered an previous leather belt below some carpet, as effectively as some sort of advertising brochure for a state-of-the-art (at the time, at least) washboard.

It’s a distinctive initial-hand look into what lifestyle was like in West Michigan about a century ago. Erhorn and his loved ones still haven’t made a decision what they will do with their finds.

“Things that we believe of as currently being so lengthy in the past, this letter far exceeds them.”

This story originally noted by Michael Martin on FOX17on the web.com.

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