Independence Man Receives Hundreds of Cards for 105th Birthday

By Forrest Saunders, Reporter


By Forrest Saunders

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa - When Ivan Sutton turned 100, almost five years ago, his daughter Pauline Walton wanted to do something special. She arranged for Ivan to fly in an airplane, for the first time.

"Oh, it was great. I never thought I'd feel that good," said Sutton

While he was up there, Ivan was already getting ideas for his next birthday.

"When he came down from that, he thought maybe he'd want to jump the next time. I said, ‘Let's wait on that’," said Walton.

Walton had set the birthday bar pretty high. She wanted to make this year special too, but had to figure out how.

"I thought, ‘Well, we live out here in the country and it's winter time. What would be the best thing to do?' I thought, 'Well, I'll just have another card shower for him'," said Walton.

Walton went to Facebook. Posted a photo of her father and asked for 105 cards for Ivan's 105th birthday, this Tuesday. What happened next amazed her. The post went viral and birthday cards have been cramming their mail box ever since.

"He's gotten cards from 19 different states. One from Canada and one from Germany," said Walton.

As of Saturday morning, Walton beat her goal of 105 with 257 cards in hand. Some are from loved ones, some from friends, but many are from total strangers. It's all got Sutton smiling.

"It's amazing, people sending me those cards. People I don't know," said Sutton. "What I'd like to do is meet all of them. That seems impossible."

There’s still some time before Sutton’s February 4th birthday. If you want to send a letter, here's the address:

2301 Grant Avenue
Independence, IA

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