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‘We appreciate you so much,’ Stranger sends Oklahoma family 1917 yearbook

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A found 1917 Kansas yearbook has brought back lost memories for one Oklahoma family.

It’s a prized possession Leon Whitton didn't even know existed.

"We appreciate you so much," Leon Whitton said.

A 1917 Kiowa, Kansas yearbook where Leon's father went to high school.

Shirley Franklin found it at a garage sale in Helena, Oklahoma fifteen years ago.

"In the box with a whole set of wheat dishes were a bunch of books," Shirley Franklin remembered.

It’s moved with Franklin five times.

"I don't know why I hadn't thrown the book out, but I'm glad I didn't," Franklin said.

It wasn't until last week when Leon's son and wife got a package in the mail.

Enclosed in it, a letter from Franklin hoping she had found the rightful family.

"We were just amazed at looking through the yearbook," Keith Whitton, Leon’s son said.

A lot of work went into finding the right family.

"I counted out all of the common names. So out of the not-so-common names, he stood out to me because he was a big full back football player, he wrote the letter to the class," Franklin said.

It might be a random person to Franklin, but a wonderful father to Leon.

"A whole history of us!" Leon Whitton said.

Now it's opened a new page for two strangers to meet.

"I think it was so nice of you to find that, and sending it to Keith. That's great,” Leon Whitton said.

"Of course! It needed to be with the right family," Franklin said.

It was long overdue, but perfectly paired.

Franklin and the Whitton family now have a bond that will go beyond a book.

"I feel like I made a new friend today," Franklin said.

She says the two families have another meeting scheduled.

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