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Classring lost for 79 yrs returned to the owner today.


Active member
I have had a severe case of the crud since I found this classring from the class of 1934. I finally got back to the land of the living and returned the ring to a 97 yr. old young man. He thought he has lost it in a local swimming hole. I found it in the yard of the home that he grew up in and still lives there on his own. He was happy, I was happy. He commented that it brought back alot of memories for him. I can only imagine how precious those memories are to a man of 97 yrs. I truly believe that if I am blessed to continue metal detecting for the rest of my life I'll not have the opportunity to return a ring lost for 79 yrs. to a person still living and doing well. I've got to call it a once in a lifetime opportunity and a blessing. Pictures of the ring are posted in the E-Trac forum. I videoed the return and as soon as I can figure out how to convert mpg. file to one that is acceptable to the forum I will post it.


Active member
There is a newspaper article in the Sunday edition 12-15-2013 of the Southwest Times Pulaski Va. if anyone wants to read it.


New member
THAT is awesome!!!! Great job of finding and then giving it back to the owner. It's an early Christmas present for him.....and you, too. I agree on it being a once in a lifetime event. Be proud of yourself for a job well done.


Active member
I was just thinking this maybe the oldest find returned to the original owner on record. Anyone know of an older one?


New member
Karma is watching you my friend and she will be nice... Thanks for your story you the man


Well-known member
Great story and congratulations to you. Yours is definitely the oldest ring that I've read returned to an original owner. An older return, though not a ring was written up in my old copy of 2009-2011 Minelab success stories mailer, which I'm able to locate the link to, and share this find from a class of 1924 (first grade)


New member
Great job to both of you for returning those items. My grandmother lived to be 95 and I know she would have appreciated this kind of thing if it happened to her.




Great find!

I am glad the man whose ring you found expressed lots of joy when you returned it to him.

It's also not too late to mention it to your local news media. Maybe they would do a story and show how happy the man is to be reunited with his lost Ring. This could bring even more joy to him.

Thank you for putting it in the News Paper because the more positive stories people hear about our hobby, the less likely we will be banned from detecting in the future.