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Have You Seen This? Lost purse from 1957 found behind school locker

By John Clyde, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Feb. 28, 2020 at 3:02 p.m.


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THE PAST — Have you ever lost something and just become super annoyed that you have no idea where it is? Maybe it's a pair of glasses, a favorite stuffed animal when you were a child, or your mind. I lose that all the time, but I usually find it again.

Losing things can be frustrating and, at times, infuriating. But maybe, just maybe, your lost item will be found one day and become a little treasure for future generations.

My lost Totino’s Pizza Roll from last week — my last one, no less — probably won't fall into that category, but this purse found in a middle school in Ohio has become exactly that.

A school custodian at North Canton Middle School in Ohio was fixing the loose lining of a locker and found an old purse. He took it to the office, and it turned out the purse belonged to a student named Patti Rumfola. But the interesting thing is that she was a student at the school in 1957.

Back in the late ‘50s, the school was a high school and Patti was a student. She must have lost the purse at some point, and it's laid there between the locker and the wall ever since. The handbag became a kind of time capsule holding lipstick, chewing gum and a library card.

The school found Patti's kids and returned the purse, which became a treasured keepsake of the five siblings' late mother. Patti died in 2013, but this purse has brought her memory back. There were also some coins in the purse, and each child took one as a keepsake.

So, next time you lose something don't stress too much. One day some hack of a news writer that would rather focus on bringing smiles to his reader's faces than political knowledge or courtroom drama may write about your found belongings and how they've brought joy to people's lives.

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