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Published December 04, 2012, 09:19 PM

A 92-year-old woman finally receives a gift she asked for in the late 1920's

McInstosh, MN (WDAY TV) -- One of the great traditions of Christmas has lost a little of its luster, thanks to texting, email and Twitter. Kids now use the latest technology to make their Christmas list, rather than a hand written letter to Santa.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

McInstosh, MN (WDAY TV) -- One of the great traditions of Christmas has lost a little of its luster, thanks to texting, email and Twitter. Kids now use the latest technology to make their Christmas list, rather than a hand written letter to Santa.

Tonight, a priceless look at a young girl's Christmas letter to Santa Claus. She wrote it back in 1929, from a farm in McIntosh, Minnesota.

It was the height of the depression, the late 1920's. Farm families in our area struggled to even put food on the table. And so when 9-year old Martha Stardig sat down and wrote a letter to Santa, from her farm near McIntosh, Minnesota, times were tough.

Martha asked that Santa bring her 6 year old brother Orton at train. She simply asked for a blackboard and box of chalk.

Today, Martha is 92. Still living in McIntosh, still active, in fact she is in physical rehab this week after getting a new knee. And she doesn't take a pill.

Martha didn't get that blackboard from Santa in 1929. But last year, her son finally bought one for her, with colored chalk.

Martha Stardig Henney's grandparents from Norway and Sweden were some of the first settlers to call the McIntosh home back in 1883.

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