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Man Finds Hidden Note From The 70s While Renovating New Home

A handwritten letter from a young girl in 1975.

While working on a home renovation in Green Valley, Illinois, Dakota Mohn discovered a hole in the wall labeled “Note 9/29/1975.” Sure enough, there was a hidden message in a bottle inside the opening! Dakota was fascinated by the letter, which had been written by a 14-year-old girl in 1975. Apparently, she’d stashed the note while her family was renovating the same home all those years ago.

“To whoever finds this: Today is Sept. 29, 1975,” read the message. “My name is Stephanie Herron. I live here with my mother, father, Becky and Valerie. Gerald Ford is president. Mrs. Lay is our neighbor. Mom is pregnant and the baby is due any day now. As far as we know, this house was made in 1872. We are remodeling the house.”

A gloved hand pulls a bottle out of a hole the wall durinve a renovation.
Screengrab from TikTok

Along with a few more facts about her life and family, Stephanie’s note included a sweet wish for the future residents of the home post-renovation.

“I hope you have lots of happiness in this house,” she wrote.

Dakota started searching for the woman who’d written the note.

A handwritten letter from a young girl in 1975.
Screengrab from TikTok

This fascinating renovation artifact made Dakota Mohn want to find the woman who’d written the note. So, he shared his story on social media, where it garnered a lot of attention. Finally, the now 61-year-old Stephanie found out that everyone online was talking about her note. She was so surprised!

“I was shocked, absolutely shocked, when I heard about the note,” she said, according to Unilad. “Honestly, I forgot all about it. Life goes on, years go by … I can’t believe how much this has struck people.”

A woman with grey hair wearing a white shirt.
Screengrab from TikTok

What’s even cooler is that Stephanie’s note inspired some other people online! In fact, she’s received various messages from teachers saying that they’re having their students leave similar notes for future generations.

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