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Find 70-Year-Old Check Blowing In The Wind




This is the almost-70-year-old check Gertrude Hitt found in her yard recently. While it is creased and folded, it's in near-perfect condition. On the back, it is endorsed by Millard Merillat, and stamped by The Peoples State Bank. -  photo by David Pugh

This is the almost-70-year-old check Gertrude Hitt found in her yard recently. While it is creased and folded, it’s in near-perfect condition. On the back, it is endorsed by Millard Merillat, and stamped by The Peoples State Bank. – photo by David Pugh

Gertrude Hitt was out of doors at her home on Gaslight Drive picking up sticks after a June 9 storm when she came across a piece of paper.

That piece of paper turned out to be a cancelled check, just shy of 70 years old.

Dated Oct. 7, 1938, the check, drawn on the Farmers & Merchants State Bank, was made out to Millard Merillat in the amount of $32.72, and was signed by the late Bert Short.

Hitt said in talking with members of the Merillat family, she learned that old records had been stored in a small log cabin.

When the cabin was torn down, they were moved to a barn on the family farm, about a quarter-mile from Gaslight Drive.

Gertrude and Bud Hitt have relocated to the Fairlawn Campus, and have the Gaslight Drive house for sale.

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