Kirsten Mustain

Grove Sun

In 1932 six-year-old Grove resident Paul Roberts wrote a letter to Santa.

His requests were simple:

Dear Santa:

I will write a few lines to let you know I have been a good boy and would like to have a good Harp a toy Horse and fruits and nuts and candy.

Santa please don’t forget my little brother. We will look for you up at our schoolhouse at the Xmas tree at Dodge. Remember my teacher, Mrs. Maxine Culver.

Your friend,

Paul Roberts

The letter was published in the 1932 Christmas edition Grove Sun, along with the letters of many of his Dodge School classmates.

After that long ago letter, Roberts, of course, followed the course of his life. He served in Germany in the aftermath of World War II where he guarded German prisoners.

He married his wife, Betty, raised daughters Patti Beth and Julia, retired and continued to work on his farm.

In 2009, in a completely different century, Santa knocked on Roberts' door in person to answer his letter.

Santa was true to his promise, and he came through, albeit a few years late.

He brought all the six-year-old Roberts’ fond requests and even remembered to bring extra candy for Roberts’ brother (unfortunately now deceased) and his teacher.

"I'm sorry it took me so long to answer your letter," Santa said, shaking Roberts' hand and accepting a seat on the couch in the cozy sitting room of Roberts' country home.

Roberts bore the jolly old elf no ill will for the 77-year lapse.

"That's all right. I know you're really busy, especially this time of year," he said.

These days Roberts' requests for Santa are still simple. He wants good health, to keep living at the ranch and to spend more good times with his family.

“You’re even better than I thought you’d be,” Roberts said, as Santa left to make more Christmas rounds. “You made my day.”