Postcard mailed during World War II arrives at New York home
ELMIRA, N.Y. — A postcard mailed nearly 70 years ago has finally arrived at the former upstate New York home of the couple who sent it.
The postcard was sent July 4, 1943, from Rockford, Ill., to sisters Pauline and Theresa Leisenring in Elmira.
Their brother, George Leisenring, was stationed at Rockford’s Medical Center Barracks at Camp Grant, an Army post during World War II. Their parents were visiting him when they mailed the postcard home.
The card reads: “Dear Pauline and Theresa, We arrived safe, had a good trip, but we were good and tired. Geo. looks good, we all went out to dinner today (Sunday). Now we are in the park. Geo has to go back to Grant at 12 o’clock tonight. Do not see much of him. We are going to make pancakes for Geo for supper tonight. See you soon. Love Mother, Dad.”
Last week, the postcard arrived at the home of Adam and Laura Rundell.
Theresa died in 1954, Pauline in 1962, according to records at nearby Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira.
“As long as there is a deliverable address, the postal service will deliver it,” a post office spokesperson said.
The Rundells did a little research and were able to locate cousins of the Leisenring family, but they have yet to pick up the postcard.
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