Farmington librarian finds box of letters from 1967

Created: 05/12/2014 5:46 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Lola Delaney passed over a box of history and didn’t even know it.

“I didn't know what was in it and didn't have time to go looking through it so I pushed it to the side,” said the Hermosa Middle School Librarian.

She wasn’t the first to push the forgotten box to the side. The box contained about 30 letters, all from 8th-graders attending Hermosa - then Junior High - in 1967.

The letters were addressed to the eighth-grade class of 1987, but they sat unopened in the Hermosa Library until now.

One letter reads, in part: “Rock and roll is popular now but folk rock is coming up fast. The Beatles have been the top music group for three years.”

Holly Woodside is in the 8th grade at Hermosa and immediately connected with the author.

“A lot of stuff that they put in there, it stood out a little more when they mentioned the Beatles because I enjoy the Beatles,” she said.

Woodside and fellow 8th grader Rachel Carlson went through all the letters, newspaper clippings and pictures, and put them in a binder.

“To us it’s something that’s unrealistic because we never lived back then and when you see these letters, it’s like wow, that actually happened.”

The students in 1967 wrote about everything that mattered to them and hoped that the students in 1987 would learn a little bit about their history. That plan was put off by about 27 years.

Letters talk about the Vietnam War, latest fashions, even the cost of cars. There are school pictures and pictures of students standing in front of their home.

“I know they grew up at some point, but to me they are frozen in time in their letters. I can relate to it so much by being that age,” mused Woodside.

Woodside is already planning letters of her own.

“I think it would be worth it, preserving the present, so the future can look back and say this is what it was like first hand.”

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