100-year-old Letter to Santa Found in Chimney

John Byrne was installing a new central heating unit in his home in Dublin in 1992 when he found a letter in the fireplace. It was a little scorched, but still readable.
On Christmas Eve 1911, a brother and sister, who signed their names, “A or H Howard”, penned their personally designed letter to Santa with their requests for gifts and a good luck message at their home in Oaklands Terrace, Terenure (or Terurnure, as the children spelled it) in Dublin.

They placed it in the chimney of the fireplace in the front bedroom so that Santa would see it as he made his way into the Howard household in the early hours of the morning.

A check of the 1911 census lead Byrne to believe the children were 10-year-old Hannah Howard and her seven-year-old brother Fred, who lived at the address with their parents and older sister. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/frontpage/2011/1221/1224309341785.html -via Metafilter

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This story needs a better ending. If they could somehow find any descendants of the authors and give them the letter; now that would make a great story! Maybe the could wrap this story up for next Christmas. They should get some genealogists on the case.
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