Carthage News

Humorous letters ponder unsolved mystery


The Prairie Lutheran Parish will have an outdoor church service at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve at Immanuel in rural Iroquois. Dec. 27 worship will be at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran in Carthage. This will also be an outdoor service, with people staying in their cars and listening to the service over the radio. Everyone is welcome at both services.

There will be a blood drive Jan. 14 at the Carthage Community Center. Call Jodene Darnell for more details and to make an appointment.

Brenda Enck and Merrik called on Loralee Nelson Monday. Kathy Larson and Josh Larson were Wednesday visitors. Harriet Hattervig had lunch Wednesday with Mark and Lisa Hinkley in De Smet before an afternoon appointment.

Did you know?

The mystery about the hole in the ground from last week’s paper was never solved, but a lady from Pennsylvania wrote a letter with her idea. It was printed in the Carthage News in 1955 and is found in “Carthage, Gem of the Redstone” by Sally Madison. She writes, “Dear Mr. Hall, Maybe I can help solve the mystery as to how the hole in the ground got in your back yard. A gentleman from Canada once told the story that he was putting up a new fence on his farm. He had dug all the fencepost holes when a terrific windstorm came up and blew all his holes away. He advertised for the lost holes and received an answer from Texas that a man down there had possession of them, and if he would come identify them, he could have them back. So, there is a possibility that he identified the wrong holes, and the original holes may have been blown around the country for quite some time. Maybe, if you would advertise for this gentleman up in Canada, you may gain a friend by solving his mystery, and your own, too. In advertising for this man, you may find him through the “Liars Club of the World,” because I know he is a member." Sincerely yours, Loretta West.

Original editor’s note — The Halls have received letters from all over the country and some of them written with quite a bit of humor. The above was one of them, and the News asked the Halls to let them publish it.


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