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Indiana school district gives wallet, note of admiration for the former student who lost it in the 1950s

The Greater Clark County Schools posted a photo of the black bag on the Facebook page last week to ask the users of social media to help them track down Martha Ina Ingham.
(Greater Clark County Schools)

A long-lost handbag was returned to the owner after 65 years, thanks to a successful social media campaign.

The Greater Clark County Schools in Indiana, posted a photo of the black bag on the Facebook page last week, asking social media users to help them track down former students, Martha Ina Ingham, who apparently lost her wallet in 1954.

The link was discovered while workers were demolishing the High School of Jeffersonville building in order to make way for a new elementary school built on the site.

Ingham graduated from the school in 1955, and would be in her early 80s, WLKY reported.

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The bag contained a tube of red lipstick, a bus, a first place ribbon for a meter relay, and a note from an admirer the question of Ingham to play. (In the note, the admirer claimed to have been aware that another person had already asked her to dance.)

On Saturday, the district announced that they had Ingham, who now lives out of state. A district spokesperson told WLKY that the achievement was possible thanks to the power of social media.”

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“A member of the family came to our post, then shared with Marty’s youngest son. I shared my contact information and was able to speak with him, and if one of her daughters, this past weekend, ” Erin Bojorquez of the Greater Clark County School District said.

“I’m very happy that I was able to connect with Marty’s family. I hope that this piece of history brings back good memories of her years at the High School of Jeffersonville. I also hope to be the answer the community’s burning question soon about that Marty took to play.”

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