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Friday
Nov162012

World War II Love Letters Wash Up on NJ Beach After Sandy

ABC News(ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, N.J.) -- Superstorm Sandy destroyed towns and homes, and took lives, but a stack of 57 letters tied together with a pink ribbon survived the devastating storm.

Kathleen Mullen was taking a walk along the Henry Hudson Trail in Atlantic Highlands, N.J., the day after the storm hit when she spotted the bundle of letters.

“They were obviously tied with a pink ribbon, so I automatically knew that they were love letters,” Mullen told ABC News’ New York station WABC-TV.

 

She took them home, carefully dried them under the fireplace in her powerless home and began to read. The letters were written by Dorothy Fallon of Rumson, N.J., and Lynn Farnham of Vermont between 1942 and 1947.

“There isn’t much more to tell you tonight, dear,” one letter read. “I love you very much. Yours always, Dotty.”

Mullen was determined to reunite the letters with their owners. She posted about the letters on Facebook, Craigslist and eventually did a search on findagrave.com, where a Lynn Farnham was listed who died in 1992 and was buried in New Jersey.

Through the website, Mullen connected with Shelly Farnham-Hilber, a niece of the couple, who lives in Virginia. She was thrilled to hear of the find.

“It’s magical. You go, ‘This can’t be real,’” Farnham-Hilber told WABC-TV. “It’s like a genealogical gold mine. It’s just that moment that you think is lost forever and here is something. It’s a gift.”

Farnham-Hilber said that Lynn Farnham, her uncle, served in WWII and was at Pearl Harbor. The couple had two children. The son has died and Farnham-Hilber’s family has lost touch with the daughter. Dorothy Farnham is 91 years old and lives in a nursing home in New Jersey.

The family is looking forward to being reunited with the letters and the find was a beacon of light to Mullen during tough times.

“It kind of sent the message that love conquers all, you know, in such devastation … something so delicate just washes ashore,” she said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Mar132012

Former President Richard Nixon, A Hopeless Romantic?

David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The term "romantic" may not come to mind when you think of Richard Nixon, but these just-revealed letters from the former president to his future wife Pat Ryan show another side of the famously private man.

The letters, which date from 1938 to just before their marriage in 1940, show Nixon as a man in love, a daydreaming type who remarks on the beauty of a sunset. Pat's responses are full of energy, peppered with questions and exclamation points.

In one, Nixon describes in third person how he felt finding Pat's latest letter.

"In that note he found sunshine and flowers, and a great spirit which only great ladies can inspire... his heart was filled with that grand poetic music, which makes us wish for those we love the realization of great dreams, the fulfillment of all they desire."

"Someday let me see you again?" he scribbled below his signature. "In September? Maybe?"

In another, Nixon addresses his wife-to-be as "Dearest Heart," then describes the happiness he dreams of when they are reunited.

"Every day and every night I want to see you and be with you," Nixon writes. "Yet I have no feeling of selfish ownership or jealousy. In fact I should always want you to live just as you wanted – because if you didn't then you would change and wouldn't be you.

"Let's go for a long ride Sundays; let's go to the mountains weekends; let's read books in front of fires; most of all let's really grow together and find the happiness we know is ours."

See all six letters between the couple here.

The letters go on display this week at the Nixon Presidential Library to commemorate what would have been Pat Nixon's 100th birthday.

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