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Lunchbox connects N.Y. woman, son to former Geneva resident

New York residents Laurie Sykes and her son Connor (pictured) have found the original owner of this Huckleberry Hound/Quick Draw McGraw lunchbox produced in 1961.
New York residents Laurie Sykes and her son Connor (pictured) have found the original owner of this Huckleberry Hound/Quick Draw McGraw lunchbox produced in 1961.

GENEVA – It took a moment for St. Charles resident Mary Fisher to register what she read in Thursday's Kane County Chronicle.

The story on Page 4 – titled "Message in a lunchbox prompts search" – was about a New York woman and her son trying to locate the owner of a Huckleberry Hound/Quick Draw McGraw lunchbox. A label indicated it once belonged to David Fisher of 431 Elm Ave. in Geneva.

Mary Fisher has a son named David and said she was surprised to read there was another David Fisher from Geneva. But then realization sunk in.

"Wait – 431 Elm, that's us!" Mary Fisher said, recalling her reaction. "I about died when I saw [the story]."

She even remembers the lunchbox.

"I wrote the name in there," she said, adding it ultimately likely was given to another neighbor kid.

Now of Freeport, Dave Fisher said he never thought an item from his childhood would pop up in his life, much less from New York. He commended the lunchbox's current owners, Laurie Sykes, and her 9-year-old son, Connor, for their attempts in trying to find him.

"They did a good job researching," Dave Fisher said.

Sykes and Connor deduced the 1961 lunchbox's owner likely attended Harrison Street Elementary School based on his address and the schools that existed at that time. They also placed Dave Fisher's birthdate between 1952 and 1956.

"They were only one year off," Dave Fisher said, noting he was born in 1957.

But, he added, they got the school right. He attended Harrison Street School as a kindergartner before his family moved to St. Charles in 1963.

Dave Fisher is married and has grown children of his own; Stephanie, who soon will graduate as a doctor of optometry, and Scott, who has his fire science degree and is graduating from paramedic training, he said.

Fisher has worked at the Park Hills Golf Courses in Freeport for the last 32 years, he said.

Sykes has said her son would love to talk with Dave Fisher to learn what it was like when he was his age. The boy also would welcome a letter or an email, she has said.

Dave Fisher said he was open to talking with them.

"I'll probably email them and tell them I'm the person," he said.

Thursday, Sykes said she was surprised the person she and Conner were looking for would be found so quickly.

"That is so cool," she said.

She noted Connor had not read the story by Thursday morning.

"I will talk to Connor tonight," she said, "let him know what happened."

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