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January 17, 2019

1/9/2019 3:00:00 PM
Windom woman receives unexpected early Christmas gift

Irene Hultquist of Windom has received just about every kind of Christmas gift imaginable over her 94 years.

But the early Christmas gift she received in 2018 might have been the best one of all.

On the morning of Dec. 3, Irene received a knock on her apartment door at Hillside Manor. When she answered, a U.S. Postal Service employee was standing at her door with a small manila envelope. The delivery man asked her to sign for it, but before she did, she asked the man to read the return address. Her diminished eyesight has made it difficult to read small writing. The delivery man told her it was from England.

Irene instantly knew who it was from.

She signed for it, thanked the man, then quickly opened the well-sealed package.

Inside, was a letter from Barrie Walker of Macclesfield Cheshire, England along with a 1942 Bulova men's watch. Although the watch wasn't running and the face had yellowed, the brown leather watchband and buckle were in perfect condition.

Irene said her heart skipped a beat with joy.

You see, the watch belonged to her late husband, C.J. Hultquist, who died in 2001. Irene bought the watch at a jewelry store in Glendale, Calif., where C.J. was stationed while serving with the 8th Army Air Force.

"When I opened it and took that watch out, I said it was like holding my husband's hand," Irene says.

"It made my day. I was speechless for a while."

For much more on this Christmas feature, see the story on the Faith & Family page in the Jan. 9 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands today.


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