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Chickasha, OK, grad of 1946 is reunited with long-lost class ring

An Oklahoma City woman lost her high school ring 65 years ago while living in Stillwater. Workers repairing a sewer line this summer found it.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Modified: September 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm •  Published: September 9, 2013

A vacuum truck was sucking sewer waste and debris out of the ground near the sewer line and dumping the contents at the wastewater treatment plant. Charlie Yeats, a city utilities employee, was raking through the debris and noticed a shiny object, Bishop said.

“It was pure gold,” Bishop said. “It had initials LN and we could tell it was a Chickasha class ring.”

Bishop contacted the school.

Librarian Angela Widner and her staff pored over old yearbooks, scrapbooks, and graduation and commencement programs before they found Lodema Noland.

“It's not the first class ring that we have reunited, but it is the oldest,” Widner said.

Buried treasure

“We find a lot of stuff, mostly junk,” Bishop said.

Other treasures recovered from the sewer lines include a half-ounce gold Chinese coin with a panda emblem, wedding rings and computer thumb drives.

“We try and track the owners down, but if we can't the finder gets to keep it,” Bishop said.

After all, that is really nasty stuff they are digging through, he said.