Delving into one’s family history is growing in popularity lately. You can even purchase an Ancestry DNA kit from Amazon for under $100.
But fancy DNA tests aren’t the only way to explore one’s past. Sometimes all it takes is digging around in an old abandoned attic.
Attics, after all, are where all the best treasures are found. Take it from the 1985 film “The Goonies” — good things come to those who search the attic.
One home inspector from Arizona discovered something he never expected to find while going through an old house in Mesa.
Currently vacant and undergoing a remodel, the residence at 6513 E. El Paso Street doesn’t look like anything special from the outside.
“I was there for a re-inspection to make sure things were repaired and moved a couple things out of the way and that’s when I saw them under a piece of plywood, right next to the attic access,” Nau told 3TV/CBS5.
Nau is referring to a dozen letters and negatives of old photographs dating back to the 1950s. But the letters didn’t contain just any old correspondence about the weather and such — these letters were from one love to another.
Roger and Eva Wright reportedly mailed the letters to each other during Roger’s time stationed at Pearl Harbor.
One letter, dated Oct. 22, 1950, showcases Roger’s deep affection for his “darling Eva.” “Received six letters from you,” it read, “each one is a ray of sunshine. You write them just the way I like.”
“It makes me picture what you are doing and it makes me feel like I am there,” the letter continued. It sounds as if this couple was truly and deeply in love.
Nau shared he wanted to find the family of Roger and Eva. According to an obituary Nau found, Roger passed away in 1981. His obituary said the lovebirds had 3 children and 5 grandchildren at that time.
It appears his wish has come true. A Facebook post on Nau’s page on Nov. 28 revealed the family has been located!
“I wanted to inform everybody that has helped with this story and adventure, that we have found the family, and are trying to figure out how to get the letters to them,” Nau wrote.
“Thank you for all of your help and support, and also to Kim Powell and AZ 3 TV. There will be a follow up story.”
What a wonderful ending to a sweet love story. No doubt the family of Roger and Eva will be forever grateful Nau took the time to track them down.
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