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Letter mailed from Vulcan, Alta., 94 years ago comes home

01/09/2014 11:45 EST | Updated 03/11/2014 05:59 EDT
A letter mailed 94 years ago from a small Alberta town has been returned by a man in Australia.

Tim Lacey, of Balaklava in southern Australia, found the letter in an antique trunk he purchased some 30 years ago. He read the letter and as a history buff was fascinated by its contents.

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The letter was written by Violet Collier from Vulcan in 1919 to a friend named Miss Scholz.

It recounts a year of drought and poor crops. She also writes of a long car trip to see the visiting Prince of Wales and tells tales of young men who died in the First World War.

"Geoff (her husband) has his four brothers home now (one was killed and one sent to Siberia for a year). It does not seem as though things will ever be the same again since this war."

Lacey tried to contact someone in Vulcan as long as 25 years ago. Recently, an Australian friend with a Canadian connection urged him to make another attempt.

Town thrilled to have it back

Lacey found the Vulcan Business Development Society through an internet search and returned the letter to the town on Jan. 6.

Jonathan Allan of the Vulcan Business Development Society said the town is thrilled to have the letter back.

"The letter itself is in remarkably good shape, and is a fascinating reflection of the era," he said in a release. 

Vulcan is currently putting together a heritage conservation program. While aimed mostly at preserving buildings, the town says the letter is an important piece of local history.

The town is now trying to find the descendants of the letter writer Violet Collier.

The letter is posted below. On mobile? Click here to see it. The transcription is posted below the original letter.

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