House fire reveals love letter lost since 1908

POSTED: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Sunday, November 25, 2012 - 11:04am

You're 19. You're in love, in 1908. Her dad doesn't like you, but you want to spend the rest of your life together. You hide your love letters and a blaze over 100 years later reveals your fiery passion.

A North Platte man now sees that it's his job to share a true love tale.

On August 1, at about 11:30 p.m., a fire destroyed a home in North Platte, Nebraska.

But no one knew at the time that a letter of a true love story would unfold from the ashes.

"I am guessing this letter may have been in the attic between the floor between the boards because there were some boards that were kind of rough up there it would've been possible to slip that letter between the boards, and I found it on the floor which is part of the living area by the fireplace," says homeowner Sherman Hirch.

It's a letter between two high school sweethearts; Alice Berge and Bert Barber.

"Well in 1908 when they were writing these letters back in forth they weren't married yet. So I called over to the courthouse and found out they got married April 15, 1915, and then by the 1940 census they we're divorced ...He was living n Los Angeles and she was living in Fort Worth, Texas and he and remarried," says Kaycee Anderson, Historical Researcher.

And now Andersen is trying to figure out the mystery by putting the historical puzzle together.

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