Letters from 1929 found by Kalamazoo Man, seeks original owners

For most of us, if we found a few old mail, we’d probably throw it away, right?

Well this is not the case of Steven Ellis, member of the Facebook group Kalamazoo disappeared. Recently, Steven shared an article with some photos of what looks like old envelopes. The legend said,

I found some old envelopes the other day from 1926-1929 addressed to 512 Alcott Street. letters were addressed to Ms. Sam Scott, Ms. Martha LaPorte and Ms. Frank Stern? Three different families sharing the house? Did anyone grow up near here or know the families?

You can see the photos of the envelopes here.

Considering the envelopes date back to the 1920s, finding the original recipients seems a bit out of reach. Especially since there seemed to be three different people living in the same house. But, as always, the people of Kalamazoo came to the rescue.

Many people have suggested trying to find the name on ancestors.com which is a paid service, so it seems a bit unnecessary. A few suggested using the Kalamazoo Public Library Database. But, in the end, the answer, at least to why there were so many people in a house, came from Amy J. who posted a photo what looks like a page from a census book.

Sure enough, Amy revealed that a quick Google search of Sam F. Scott and Kalamazoo MI yielded the 1930 census. The house is believed to have served as a boarding house.

With one mystery out of the way, the next one remains unsolved. What happened to these people? Where are they now? And, do they have any family members who would like these letters?

If you, or someone you know, know the names:

  • Sam scott
  • Marthe LaPorte
  • Franck Stern

Who may have lived at 516 Alcott Street in the late 1920s or early 1930s, you can contact the original poster here. Who knows? This could serve as an unexpected message to these families of the past.

Do you like vintage things? There is a new boutique in Kalamazoo dedicated to all things vintage:

New vintage store, Retroflections in Kalamazoo

Vintage diary reveals how ‘cheap’ things once were in Kalamazoo

A newspaper resurfaced from 1975 shows how “inexpensive” things were in Kalamazoo at the time. Can you imagine if we still had these prices ??

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