Archive for February 14th, 2020

Originally published in the Maple Valley Neighbors, February 2020

By JoAnne Matsumura, Maple Valley Historical Society

This special valentine was not your usual cutout style or a postcard of the day. It wasn’t cupids with angel wings bringing bouquets of flowers, nor those little candy hearts with fun and silly messages.

To Mr. and Mrs. Lapinski, the valentine from Uncle Sam that week regarding their son Ben, who was somewhere in France, was a heartfelt welcome greeting.

So grateful and thankful were they that the “Letter from France” was published in the Enumclaw Courier newspaper on February 14, 1919, as follows. (more…)

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