NUNICA, Mich. (WXMI) — A relatives doing the job on some renovations in a property they not too long ago acquired ended up shocked to find out a letter from 1886 concealed neatly behind a baseboard.
Erik Erhorn and his spouse bought the dwelling and the assets it sits on again in 2017.
Erhorn, who also transpires to be the Crockery Township Supervisor, was doing work inside of the home with his brother Tyler awhile back when they produced the attention-grabbing discover.
“From August 3 of 1886, M. Spencer, Sir…” Erhorn read through from the best of the letter.
The letter is tackled to Mr. Medad Spencer, who was born in New York in 1831, and later moved to Nunica, Michigan.
According to on line family members information, Medad Spencer would spend the relaxation of his existence at the home, inevitably staying buried in the Nunica Cemetery in October 1919.
Erik and his spouse purchased the house back in 2017 from a girl whose husband experienced passed.
Interestingly adequate, that woman’s relatives experienced ordered the parcel from Erhorn’s ancestors quite a few many years prior.
“They purchased it from my Good Grandpa who purchased the farm from the Spencer household in the early 1940s,” Erhorn mentioned.
That would be the Spencer Family— Medad Spencer’s ancestors.
The letter discovered dealt with to Medad asked him to take into account getting a big parcel of land from the male who wrote the letter— a Mr. Charles V. Warren.
“Charles V. Warren of Hart wished Medad to provide his house down in this article, and obtain the property up in Hart, his 160 acres,” Erhorn explained of the letter.
“And it talks about, you know, the superior tillage, the streams that operate by it, and then the excellent timber… ‘there’s great rail timber, very good buildable timber, lots of wood… modest brooks running with trout.’”
They also found an aged leather-based belt less than some carpet, as perfectly as some sort of advertising brochure for a condition-of-the-artwork (at the time, at least) washboard.
It is a one of a kind 1st-hand search into what life was like in West Michigan above a century in the past. Erhorn and his spouse and children continue to have not decided what they will do with their finds.
“Items that we believe of as becoming so prolonged back, this letter far exceeds them.”