A memorable gift

Mary Klutz Somers sent a letter in nearly ineligible handwriting to the Town of Maiden nearly seven years ago.

It stated that she would be willing them an undisclosed amount of money for the construction of a library in remembrance of her grandfather, the late Dr. Paul Joseph Klutz. 

Maiden Town Manager, Todd Herms, said he had heard about the mysterious letter since working with the town but was surprised to receive a phone call last week about a half of a million dollar donation.  Joanna Klutz Suddreth and Gail Klutz Beck traveled to Herms' office on Tuesday to deliver Dr. Paul Joseph Klutz's biography, which they had typed on a typewriter.

To read more of this story, pick up the weekend print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.