Warren Houghton gets wallet back nearly 70 years after losing it

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By Aaron Baskerville

Kalamazoo, MI (WWMT/CNN) - A man in Michigan got a surprise that was nearly 70 years in the making.

He lost his wallet back in the 1940s in New Hampshire, and, this week, he finally got it back.

A reunion 67 years in the making for 81-year-old Warren Houghton of Texas Township.

A special package arriving from New Hampshire.

"Lots of memories. Lots of memories," said Warren.

Photos from 1944 of his family stuffed in his old wallet and an old baseball glove.

"My name and where we lived. Cornish Flat New Hampshire. This is my mother," he said.

There was even an old letter from his half-sister written to the then 14-year-old. And you're probably wondering if there was money inside.

"Oh no. There wasn't any in there when I married him and I said there won't be any in there then," said his wife, Betty.

First came a phone call from a stranger with the news. A letter inside the package explains it all.

How someone found an old wallet during construction at a Masonic temple in Cornish Flat, New Hampshire, the former old one-room schoolhouse of Warren.

He lived across the street as a child.

"This guy chasing me. He had to look at the whole country," said Warren.

The Navy veteran doesn't remember losing his wallet.

Emotional at times, but mostly grateful someone took the time to find him, giving him rare photos of some who aren't here anymore.

"It was unbelievable, it blew me out of the water," said Warren.


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