Lost class ring finds its home after 40 years

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Editor’s Note: Switzerland County’s Daisy Swanson is half of a pretty amazing story – one that spans more than 40 years and thousands of miles. Reporter Dylan Johnson of The Daily American newspaper in Somerset, Pennsylvania, shares this long distance story:

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A rambling ring has found its way back to a Windber graduate after more than 40 years and thousands of miles.

After losing her class ring more than four decades ago, Peggy Pevahouse never thought she would see it again – that was until she received a phone call from her old high school.

The ring was found by Daisy Swanson in the back seat of her car.

When she was 16, Swanson and her sister drove to Fort Knox, Kentucky, to pick up their brother in the military. Along the way, they dropped off other servicemen in Louisville, Kentucky. Swanson said she thinks one of the men was dating Pevahouse at the time and dropped her class ring in the car.

Swanson, now 76 and living in Vevay, Indiana, came across the ring again while moving in with her son.

“I put it in a lockbox and kept it all those years,” she said. “I told my daughter-in-law, if I could have one thing in life, I want this woman to have this ring before I die.”

The ring was a women’s ring from Windber Area High School’s Class of 1951, and had the initials PLF inscribed on it.

Swanson and her daughter-in-law contacted Windber administrators to see if they could track down the owner.

School employees Debby Bango and Peggy Degory searched online and though old yearbooks to find former students with those initials. Eventually they found Margaret Foltz of Johnstown.

Foltz was not the owner, but luckily she had access to a list of every student in her class, which led them to Peggy L. Fultz. The two women are not related.

Peggy Foltz is now Peggy Pevahouse, 85, and is living in Redmond, Oregon, with her daughter.

“It was quite a surprise,” Pevahouse said about receiving the ring in the mail. “It meant a lot because I used to work at the five and ten (store) and paid so much on it every week until I paid it off.”

“It’s a miracle or a mystery how it got back to me,” she added. “I never really expected to see it again.”

The two women have written a few letters back and forth and are becoming good friends, even though they live nearly 2,000 miles apart.

Even though the ring is a little big, Pevahouse wears it every day.