Magazine article The New American

The Ring

Magazine article The New American

The Ring

Article excerpt

Randy Lester of Grace, Idaho, graduated in 1967 from North Gem High School in Bancroft. So that he could purchase a school jacket and a $189 school ring, Lester had worked at the school for nearly two years to earn money.

Six months after graduating, while helping his brother and father clean up an old dairy farm, Lester lost the ring. He recalled for the August 20 Idaho State Journal, "I went back over the next few weekends to look for it, but I couldn't find it. I thought about it every time I drove past there for years."

Eventually the dairy farm was sold, and Lester contacted the new owners to let them know about the lost ring and to request that they contact him should they find it. Shortly thereafter, the owners hauled several loads of rich soil to another farm more than five miles away, where it was used for flower beds.

Eventually, that second farm was sold, then sold again to JoLin Bowen, daughter of Soda Springs resident Jenny Hall. After moving to the farm, Bowen decided to remove the flower beds, and she helped her morn move three truckloads of the soil to Mrs. Hall's home for her own garden.

Incredibly, while weeding her garden one day, Mrs. Hall found the long-lost ring. She then launched a search for its owner. She thought it would be easy, considering North Gem's small 1967 graduating class (fewer than 30 students), but her sleuthing actually took more than two weeks.

"I could read North Gem and the year," Mrs. Hall told the State Journal. …

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