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Brothers meet for the first time after seven decades

Seperated for over seven decades, at the age of 77, Al Putman, owner of Putman Bailbonds met his brother, Jim Hines of Ypsilanti, Michigan, for the very first time Tuesday in Rochester at Putts Bar and Grill.

 

Jim, who will be 81 years old in a month, was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

The discovery of a new family member came after their sister Barbara had found Al on ancestry.com. It took years of searching for Al, but this summer she finally made contact. 

 

Jim said he wasn't totally surprised to learn about his long lost brother. His sister Barbara had already made contact with Al, but lives in Arkansas and has yet to meet him in person.  

 

 

Sharing the same father, the brothers are thankful to have been able to meet in this lifetime. Of course, the two can't help but wonder how things could have been had they grown up together.

 

 

 

Jim said he wishes the meeting could have been sooner in life. They hope to keep in contact and meet up in the future.

 

 

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