« Back to Finds Posted June 1st, 2011 by Jim

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Item Found: Returned

Location: Georgia

Metal Detector Used: Beach Series (800-0293)


June 1st, 2011

Dear White's,

While hunting in the old swimming hole with my White’s BeachHunter ID I found a Sterling Silver ID bracelet in waste deep water about 16 inches deep in the sand. After cleaning I found the name William G Sheffield on the face and on the back it said “Love always Blanche” With this being a local hot spot for swimming since the 1920’s we thought we may be able to research the full name and hope to find a connection.

To show how small towns are the first Sheffield that came to mind was a friend of ours named Charles so I gave him a call and he said his older brother was William G Sheffield, he was born October 24th 1927 and passed away in 2000. I told him of the bracelet and asked him if he knew about a girl named Blanche. He said he would check with his sister and get back to me after he did some investigating.

We got together today and put together a time line. Billy Sheffield and Blanche Myers, (nick name Shookie) were high school sweethearts and Blanche gave the bracelet to him around 1943. He lost it in the lake soon after and the romance faded as he married a girl named Mary on July 3rd 1947. Mary died in 1985. After 65 years in the lake the bracelet will be passed on to Bill Sheffield Jr along with the story of his grandfather’s first love. Another happy ending thanks to White’s Metal Detectors.

Jim (GA)

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