I received a phone call from a lady who had lost her school class ring in June 1966. When she said the year, I shuddered. Anyway she told to me that she got her ring in the fall of 1965 of her senior year. She enjoyed the ring all that winter and into the spring of 1966. In June of 1966 she was sun bathing in the back yard of her mothers house and took the ring off to apply suntan lotion and put the ring on the towel. She forgot about the ring, and picked up the towel to go into the house, but remembered the ring afterword. She looked, and looked but never found the ring and sadly chalked it up as lost. Upon finding “The Ring Finders” website, she decided to give us a try.
I met with her and she told me the story. I was not very confident that I would ever be able to locate that ring, but what the heck I would give it a try. Although her mother had passed away, she still lived in the same house so getting permission to dig in the yard was not a problem. She pointed out the exact place where she had the towel and I started searching. I dug many plugs ( 10″ diameter plugs of sod which then I replaced) and recovered lots of nails, aluminum siding pieces etc. (Trash) I was working out from where the towel had been and then some 30′ away – BANG – I got a great signal. It was deep (12″) but sure enough there it was. Her screams of joy must have been heard in the next block.
Obviously, when she had picked up the towel to go into the house the ring was tossed 30′ away, and because of the grass etc.. she never saw it when she was looking for it in 1966.
Post script. She called me a few weeks later and said that she was having the ring resized. She laughed and said she would not tell me if she was having it enlarged or not, — but I knew. She also said that having it enlarged was more then what the ring cost new.
Another post script She went to her 50th year reunion this year – 2016 – and showed off her almost new ring with very little wear.
I only have pictures of the ring, so sorry, no “smile” picture is available.