Superintendent receives blast from the past from unlikely sourceIt is not often Hudson School District Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten receives mail from Arizona. So when she did, it had to be something special.
By: By Jace Frederick, Hudson Star-Observer
It is not often Hudson School District Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten receives mail from Arizona. So when she did, it had to be something special.
She received a letter from Lowell Joerg of Tucson, Ariz. Joerg’s letter included a postcard with an image of Hudson High School. The back of the postcard was dated Sept. 18, 1912, and reads “still kicking in the land of the living in Hudson Wis.”
Joerg has no connection to Hudson. He states he simply found the picture at an antique store and thought to send it back home. Joerg’s letter reads:
I sure hope this letter brightens your day.
I was at an antique store here and found this old circa 1912 picture card of your beautiful school. How the card got to Arizona we’ll never know.
It’s an old-time classic, for sure. I thought to myself, by golly, I’d send it home where it can be appreciated. Our heritage is valuable to all of us. Lots of changes over the years, I’m sure. Enlarged it will make quite a display.
Well, I gave 6.00 for it so if you want it for 7.00 or 8.00 or so why that’s sure o.k. Throw in a little postage if you want, too.
And my wife says if I hear from you I’ll have to take her to lunch. I am eighty-three years old and still going strong.
I like to call my little hobby, “A re-distribution of happiness.” Our world sure needs it.
Thank you, and Godspeed in your work. Have a wonderful and progressive year.
P.S. Send along a little about your place today if you want. I enjoy souvenirs, too, if it’s o.k. with you.
For those who go antiquing or even to garage sales, if you find something that may be of value to someone you may, or even may not know, pass it along. Like Lowell Joerg says, our world could use a little more “re-distribution of happiness.” It looks as though Joerg owes his wife a lunch date.