Now Playing: 40 years later a ring arrives in the hands of its owner
Sent: 11/3/2009 8:00:34 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: the ringHi Pete,Here is the story about the high school ring. I'm mailing it directly to you so you can put it on the website if you want. I still have to write to Mr. O'Donnell & Betty Cannon. I haven't heard anything from Carole Horner & I'm not surprised.Thanks for everything you did for the ring & everything you always do keep us connected.Cyndi Hirsch
The case of the missing high school ring
I received an e-mail from Pete asking me if I had my high school ring. I really haven’t thought about my high school ring in maybe – 40 years! After inspecting my jewelry box, I had a Penn State ring, a National Honor Society pin, but not my high school ring.
Then Pete relayed a story how an elderly man (Mr. O’Donnell) found a 1969 NE high school ring with the Letters CRH inscribed on the inside. The man found it on a South Jersey beach and held onto it for about 10 years. He gave it to a neighbor who lives in Northeast Philadelphia during the winter months. He hoped she could find the ring’s owner.
Betty called the Northeast Alumni Association & they immediately called Pete. After research, he determined the ring belongs to either me or Carole Horner. I believed the ring was mine. So Pete gave Betty my number and we had a nice conversation. We talked about Sea Isle City & Avalon. I did have connections to both of those beaches a long time ago. It wasn’t 10 years; it was closer to 40 years ago, when I was a young adult.
Betty was so happy to return something of value with such an interesting history. To find a ring on the beach & trace the owner was amazing. She hoped I could pass the ring to my children. We talked about what a great human interest story it would make. I took the gentleman’s address so I could thank him. Betty mailed the ring to me.
I opened the box & immediately tried on the ring. I was surprised that the ring was slightly big. It was probably not even a size larger. Maybe I’m crazy, but I had a couple of doubts. Is it possible this was not my ring? It’s a shame that my memory is 58 years old!
Instead of 2 thank you notes to Betty & Mr. O’Donnell, I wrote to Betty to continue the story a while longer. I wrote to Carole Horner. I haven’t received a response. Pete never got any replies from Carole either. So, along with this story, the ring is mine. I am in the process of thanking Mr. O’Donnell. In today’s world it’s so nice that people take the time and effort to return a ring that was from the past.
Cynthia Rona Hirsch