Old love letters found in attic in Western Mich. - New York News

Old love letters found in attic in Western Mich.

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) -

Joshua Mckinny had just a couple reams of insulation left before the project of keeping his house warm in Casanovia would be complete. But the project was soon interrupted when he stumbled upon a very lovely, if you will, discovery.

"I was just scooping it up so I could put the new stuff down and when I did that it was just plop ... What is this? I started looking and I was like, `Honey, come look at what I found, this is kind of cool!'" Mckinney tells Grand Rapids FOX 17 reporter Dave Spencer.

The couple began thumbing through the treasures and saw birthday cards, Valentine's Day cards, even a post card - but none compared to the many love letters wrapped in beautiful ribbon. They also found a 1942 birth certificate belonging to William Kissel, and a 1941 marriage certificate belonging to Edward and Virginia Kissel.

So, the next step for Mckinney was to track down the Kissel family.

They posted to Facebook, and, a mere four hours later, the post grabbed the attention of William's daughter Christine Frien, who lives in Muskegon. She says the discovery had a much deeper message for her.

"With my dad's brother just passing away this weekend, I don't know, I just felt like my dad was trying to talk to me or something," she says.

She brought the letters home and began looking them over with her mother, Shirley Kissel. The majority of the love letters are from 1940 before Edward and Virginia were married.

For Shirley, reading the letters was a chance to get to know her husband's father, who she had only met once before his death.

"I didn't get to know him that much, so these letters, yeah, he was quite a lover I guess!" Shirley says, laughing with Christine.

How the letters ended up at the cottage in Casanovia is still a mystery. Shirley says she was only aware of the couple living in Ludington and then in Muskegon.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Caesars enters New York casino competition

    Caesars enters New York casino competition

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:52:22 GMT
    Caesars Entertainment entered the competition to open a casino in upstate New York on Tuesday with a proposal to build a $750 million complex 50 miles north of New York City. The complex would include a casino, a hotel and a meeting space and would be located in Woodbury, in Orange County. The Las Vegas-based Caesars, which operates 52 casinos around the world, has submitted a $1 million casino license application fee to state gambling regulators.
    Caesars Entertainment entered the competition to open a casino in upstate New York on Tuesday with a proposal to build a $750 million complex 50 miles north of New York City. The complex would include a casino, a hotel and a meeting space and would be located in Woodbury, in Orange County. The Las Vegas-based Caesars, which operates 52 casinos around the world, has submitted a $1 million casino license application fee to state gambling regulators.
  • Hoax 'swatting' call sends dozens of cops to LI home

    Hoax 'swatting' call sends dozens of cops to LI home

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:43 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:43:53 GMT
    Heavily armed police officers descended on a home in Long Beach, Long Island, Tuesday afternoon thinking they might find a grisly murder scene. Instead they found a terrified woman who had no clue what they were talking about and her teenaged son playing video games. "We received a phone call from a gentleman who stated he had just shot his mother and his brother," Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney said. "Unfortunately, this is a terrible national problem for law enforcement."
    Heavily armed police officers descended on a home in Long Beach, Long Island, Tuesday afternoon thinking they might find a grisly murder scene. Instead they found a terrified woman who had no clue what they were talking about and her teenaged son playing video games. "We received a phone call from a gentleman who stated he had just shot his mother and his brother," Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney said. "Unfortunately, this is a terrible national problem for law enforcement."
  • NYPD Twitter hashtag backfires

    NYPD Twitter hashtag backfires

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-04-23 01:14:35 GMT
    An NYPD plan intended to better connect with the community seems to have backfired a bit. The police department asked its twitter followers to share pictures of themselves with New York City police officers using the hashtag "myNYPD." Some did share nice pictures, but others not so much.Some of the first pictures posted showed regular citizens standing with very friendly looking police officers.
    An NYPD plan intended to better connect with the community seems to have backfired a bit. The police department asked its twitter followers to share pictures of themselves with New York City police officers using the hashtag "myNYPD." Some did share nice pictures, but others not so much.Some of the first pictures posted showed regular citizens standing with very friendly looking police officers.
  • What's HotMore>>

  • Is Detroit's '313' on the way out?

    Is Detroit's '313' on the way out?

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:46:03 GMT
    The 313 telephone prefix is expected to expire in the next few years.
    The 313 telephone prefix is expected to expire in the next few years.
  • Air Canada to fire handlers caught tossing luggage from platform

    Air Canada to fire handlers caught tossing luggage from platform

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:26 AM EDT2014-04-22 12:26:20 GMT
    Online video of two Air Canada baggage handlers dropping passengers' bags off a 20-foot boarding platform will cost them their jobs.
    Online video of two Air Canada baggage handlers dropping passengers' bags off a 20-foot boarding platform will cost them their jobs.
  • Woman serves KFC with a smile for 52 years

    Woman serves KFC with a smile for 52 years

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:55 AM EDT2014-04-22 11:55:25 GMT
    The KFC restaurant in Southfield is home to one of the franchise's longest-serving employees.
    The KFC restaurant in Southfield is home to one of the franchise's longest-serving employees.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices