CHICKASHA — A 10-carat gold class ring lost in a Stillwater sewer line in the summer of 1948 was returned to its owner Monday.
Lodema Clement, 85, was taken aback when she received a telephone call from a Chickasha High School librarian in August asking if she had lost a class ring.
“I couldn't think for a minute,” said Clement, of Oklahoma City.
“Yes, about 100 years ago,” she finally responded.
“I placed the ring on the toilet lid and knocked it off. I blamed it on my husband.”
Clement and her first husband, Edward Correia, were high school sweethearts. He played football for Chickasha and she never strayed far from his side.
The newlyweds were attending Oklahoma A&M, later renamed Oklahoma State University, when the class ring was lost.
“We had just gotten married and moved to Stillwater,” Clement said. “Our house was almost like a hut, with the ceiling pointed up.”
Now, 65 years later, Clement held the 1946 Chickasha ring in her hand. Arthritis would probably make it difficult to wear, she said.
The ring will become a family keepsake, she said.
It was found recently while workers were repairing a sewer line, Stillwater wastewater collection supervisor Don Bishop said.