Family looks to return Rohanen HS ring

The year 1968, initials “M.F.” and a quest

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

Craig Powell figures a found Class of 1968 ring from Rohanen High School could belong to three people: Millie Linton, Mary Waters or Kathy Freeman.

Powell owns and operates a website dedicated to Rohanen High School. He started the site about eight months ago and posts photographs, yearbook information and more shared from Rohanen graduates from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. On Saturday, Powell became a part of a quest to return a found ring that turned up after 40-plus years of being stored away.

Submitted photo A picture of the Rohanen High School Class of 1968 ring, engraved with the letters "M.F." David and Kim Lindsey hope to return it to its rightful owner.

Submitted photo
A picture of the Rohanen High School Class of 1968 ring, engraved with the letters “M.F.” David and Kim Lindsey hope to return it to its rightful owner.

The ring was by David and Kim Lindsey. David’s grandparents were Dr. William James and Lillian Duer James. They owned the former Hamlet Hospital, now Sandhills Regional Medical Center, as well as the Hamlet School of Nursing. Lillian died in 1970, and her daughter, Janet James Lindsey Petris, died in 2014. Kim Lindsey said relatives were going through Petris’ belongings and came across the ring.

“We were just leaving through it, and here’s a class ring,” Lindsey said. “No one in my husband’s family went (to Rohanen High School) or dated someone from there. I think it would be great to get it back into the person’s hands.”

Lindsey’s best educated guess is that perhaps someone who was a patient at the hospital, or visiting a patient, “dropped it, lost it, misplaced it, and never knew to come back and look for it.”

Her husband’s grandparents apparently found the ring, which was eventually “put in a box and put up for 40 years. The hospital connection’s the most logical.”

Lindsey said it’s definitely a ladies’ ring. The 1968 high school graduate would be somewhere around 63 or 64 years old.

“At that age, the person could be deceased,” Lindsey said, “but how lovely for her family” for it to be returned.

“It’s just sitting there. It’s just a shame.”

A RohanenHighSchool.com photo

A RohanenHighSchool.com photo

Enter Powell, who happens to be a member of the Class of ’68. Powell figures it could belong to Linton depending on what her maiden name was. Or, he said, it could belong to Waters, but he wasn’t immediately certain if Waters was her maiden or married name. Lastly, it could belong to Freeman — who might have gone by, for example, one name but had another, such as her first or middle, start with an “M.” Freeman, Powell noted, died in a car accident in 1969.

The ring has little cash value; instead, Lindsey realizes it’d be more of a sentimental family treasure. Still, Lindsey figures to question the person and request proof of ownership or lineage before handing the ring over to just anybody.

To contact Lindsey about the ring, call her at 910-582-0051.

 

 

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