Robart Anderson of New Ulm, Minnesota turned 80 recently and with his birthday came quite a surprise. He got a birthday card signed by Colletta Harding. She was his teacher - 70 years ago. He says he was very, very surprised.
Here's how it happened. Anderson and his wife, Charlotte, were recently honored by the Wanda Gag House Association for his 20 years of involvement with the group and the house.
Miss Harting saw an article about the honor in The Journal of New Ulm and mailed the card. She said it was a wonderful opportunity to send a surprise. Harting is still living on her own in Hutchinson and is in her 90s. She was in her early 20s when she taught Anderson's third and fourth-grade class.
"She just better not come over here in person", stated Anderson's wife, 84-year old Charlotte. "She always was a flirt!"
"Teacher's Pet! Teacher's Pet! Teacher's Pet!" yelled 110-year old Ralph Elliot, Anderson's former Principal at Ulm Elementary who's been gaga for the past 20 years, according to his mother.