Conway Woman Seeks to Return Lost Love Letter

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CONWAY, Ark (KFSM) - A Conway woman is seeking to return a love letter she discovered that was written more than 70 years ago.

Paige Hess found the love note at the bottom of a sewing box, stuffed under needles, thread, and stamps. It was addressed to Miss Edna Mae Smith at 308 E. 17th Street in Little Rock, from Private C.J. Skaggs of Camp Robinson. The envelope was postmarked September 3, 1941.

Part of the letter reads, "Darling, you made me the happiest man in the army when you said you would become my wife."

Hess says she wants nothing more than to return the letter to Smith, Skaggs, or, possibly, their children. The Arkansas National Guard Museum says they do not have a Charles J. Skaggs on record.

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  • Horace

    What a sweet story. A letter, written by the very hand of a sweetheart or other loved one, carries with it so much more than mere words. It takes effort, forethought and penmanship. My scribbling was never very good, but I always knew a hand-written letter would mean so much more than a typewritten one. Now we have texts and emails. Have we lost something wonderful–a valuable part of our culture, even? I think so.

  • marralou

    I saw the story and did a research to see what could be found on the couple in the story and am including that research here. The two people married according to marriage records on the 8Th of November 1941.
    Edna Mae according to social security died 23 August 1999 last residence Cabot, Lonoke, Arkansas , her husband Charles James Skaggs according to social security and his obituary died 10 January 2005 .
    According to his obituary he had two surviving children Edna Odom and C. W. Skaggs; two grandchildren; five great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren.
    His daughter who was born 3rd Sept 1944 was found living in Jan 2009 , 1301 Pride Gap Cv Cabot, Arkansas 72023 her phone number was given as (501) 988-5282 she lived in the household with a Kenneth Mitchell Odom who would be a relative perhaps husband or child .
    Hope this information will help you to find the family

  • Andrew

    My grandmother was Edna Mae Smith. I don’t know if it was the same person but I know she lived in the area about the same time.

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