- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 9, 2007

FERNDALE, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man is trying to solve a mystery that landed in his mailbox: a letter mailed more than 50 years ago and addressed to a Frederick Zane Yost.

The letter, with a 3-cent stamp and postmarked Oct. 26, 1954, was encased in a large Postal Service window envelope. There is a return address — in nearby Richland Township — but no sender’s name.

Brian McAteer said that the letter appears to be sealed and has not been damaged, and that he will not open it. However, he hasn’t had any luck finding Mr. Yost. Among his efforts have been to contact Yosts in the area, speak with longtime residents and search on the Internet.

“I haven’t given up trying to find him,” Mr. McAteer, a road foreman, told the Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown.

The newspaper reported that its archives showed Mr. Yost’s parents, both of whom are dead, lived in Ferndale in 1954. His father was a sports editor at the newspaper, which reported that the younger Mr. Yost had moved to Florida.

“No matter how old it is, we will deliver it,” said Tad Kelley, a spokesman for the Postal Service in Pittsburgh.

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