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Tracking down a child letter writer — 87 years later

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Carlo Klemm

Tracking down a child letter writer — 87 years later

Jan 4, 2018

by Dale Brumfield - News Leader

 

Excerpt -  What are the odds of finding a girl who wrote to Santa in 1930?

We did, though.

Not only is one of our history article subjects still alive but also she still lives here.

Staunton woman Millicent Hall Brubek’s childhood letter to Santa Claus was published not once in the Staunton News Leader, but twice — and 87 years apart.

“I was rather surprised to see it,” the 97-year-old retired psychiatric nurse says of finding her letter (first published Dec. 24, 1930) republished on Dec. 19, 2017, in the same paper in a feature on letters to Santa from the past.

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Like most children at the time, Millicent asked Santa for nuts, candy and oranges at Christmas, in addition to small, utilitarian articles, such as gloves and dishes.

“I had a stocking but I don’t remember where I hung it, because the stove was in the middle of the tea room,” she says of her early Christmases at the inn. She pauses in thought.

“That’s why I warned Santa [in the letter] to not come down the chimney!”
Today the Tumble Inn is long gone and Millicent is surrounded in her Staunton home with childhood memories and memorabilia of her life there.

 

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Holly Claus

This is so wonderful. It also proves that everyone from 1 to 92 can believe in the magic of Christmas! 

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Santa Marty

Great to have you back reporting Carlo~!

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Santa Johnathan

I read this story a few days ago and it really stood out to me. What a special experience.

When I visited the Santa Claus Museum, the thing that made the biggest impact was a “Letters to Santa” display, organized by year. I believe it started in the 1930s or 1940s and is the heartbeat of that museum in my eyes. If you really think about it, those letters are just about as pure of an example as you get of the pure belief from a child. As I read them, I wondered to myself, “are they still out there?” 

One of my favorite Christmas gifts from my children this past year was a book with a collection of children’s letters to Santa.  

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