« Back to Finds Posted July 1st, 2013 by Robert and Chris

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Item Found: Returned

Location: Kansas

Metal Detector Used: Other (800-0300)


July 1st, 2013

Dear White's Electronics

My wife lost her class ring about 2 weeks after she received it in High School in 1951. She was swimming in a creek in eastern Kansas and the ring slipped off her finger in about 4 feet of water. She never found the ring as the creek had a mud bottom.

About 10 years ago we purchased a White’s XLT metal detector and later a DFX. One day in 2005, at the peak of the summer, when it was very dry, we decided to go to the old swimming hole and try to find her class ring. Keep in mind that this is about 54 years later from when it was lost. Within 3 minutes I found a class ring in the dirt at the edge of the swimming hole. I picked it up and dusted it off and looked it over and decided it was a man’s class ring, not a woman’s. My wife and I, and her 2 adult sons, continued searching for her ring and any other treasure. We found some other coins including a silver standing liberty quarter, but no class ring of my wife’s.

When we returned home, we cleaned the ring and found the initials of the owner and markings on the ring from the High School he attended, which was Bishop Ward High School, in Kansas City, KS. My wife, being a very persistent person, contacted the school alumni, trying to find the name of the owner of the ring. After 4 times of calling the alumni they finally gave her the name of the owner, but would not tell her his address or phone number, only that he lived in Oklahoma. She typed his name in “The Internet White Pages” and found a man in Norman, Oklahoma by that name. We called the number and asked a few leading questions as to where he had attended High School, if he had a class ring, and if and where he had lost it. He gave all the right answers, and “Wahoo”, we had found the owner of the ring. The owner of the lost ring had lost it one summer when visiting his Grandmother. We returned the ring to the owner about 40 some years after he lost it!

We still hope to find my wife’s ring someday or have some nice person find it and return it to her. At the present time we still have the older White XLT and DFX and 2 new, V3i’s. The V3i is a fantastic machine. We are finding many coins, with the V3i, in ground we had previously hunted with the XLT and DFX. We are still learning some of the functions on the V3i and what a superior metal detector it is. Thank you White’s and your super friendly staff, for the superior metal detector products you make and sell.

Robert and Chris (KS)
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