Winthrop Family Finds Box Of Old Memories, Successfully Finds Box's Owner

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WINTHROP, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Winthrop woman went on a mission to find the owner of a long-lost box of memories... and was successful.

Patty Hibbard’s husband found an old cardboard box when cleaning out a building at 180 Winthrop Street. When he told her about it she was intrigued.

"When he came home for dinner that night he was telling me more about it and I said, "go get it!" He went to the building and he brought it home and I was just amazed," Hibbard told WBZ's Carl Stevens. "We sat here for a couple hours and just kept looking through it. We were just astonished."

The box contained old memories of several families dating back to the 1940s and 1950s. The box had everything from pictures to old bills.

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"Pictures, photo albums, rosary beads, World War II metals, cards written to mom and dad for Mother's Day [and birthdays], letters, bank statements, life insurance policies," Hibbard said.

Photo: WBZ NewsRadio \ Carl Stevens

She set out to find the relatives of the names listed in the letters to give them the box full of their family memories.

The son of Edward Sweeney, a man whose name appeared in the letters, heard about the box and showed up at the Hibbard house to retrieve it.

"I am just thrilled that we found a family member, I am just really happy to return it to where it belongs," Hibbard said.

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