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Better late than never

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 15th, 2013

Sandy Burns of Mendota shows off a class ring she found over 30 years ago in Amboy before returning it to its original owner in Garrett, Ind. (Reporter photo by Bonnie Morris)

MENDOTA - Sandy Burns of Mendota often visited her grandmother, Elsie Holbrook, in Amboy. On one such visit when she was a young teen, she found someone's class ring at the city park. "I thought it was pretty, so I kept it," she said.

She tucked the ring into a jewelry box. "I never even thought about trying to find the owner then. We didn't have all the technology like we do today," she added.

Since that day, Burns has held onto the ring, even through her moves to Florida, Texas and back to Illinois.

Recently, Burns was going through her jewelry box and came across that long lost ring. "I thought, now I'm going to try to find the owner," she stated.

With the help of Gish Jewelry, in Mendota, Burns was able to uncover valuable information to help her in locating the owner. The Jostens' class ring belonged to a Garrett High School Railroader, who was on the track team, had the initials EWL, graduated in 1977, and possibly had an August birthdate.

All that information was correct. Ernie Leach would soon be discovered to be the rightful owner.

For the complete article see the 01-16-2013 issue.

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