WENY News - Purse lost by student in 1950s found during school demolition

Purse lost by student in 1950s found during school demolition

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By Tracie Hotopp

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    JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WLKY) -- More than six decades after a Southern Indiana high school student misplaced her purse, she's getting it back, along with her lipstick and an invitation to the prom from an admirer.

Workers demolishing the former Jeffersonville High School building to make way for a new elementary school found the perfectly preserved time capsule.

AdvertisementThe purse belonged to 1955 graduate Martha Ina Ingham, who is now in her early 80s.

She now lives out of the state, but a district spokesperson says her family saw social media posts about the find and contacted them.

“Marty was found thanks to the power of social media. A family member came across our post, then shared it with Marty's youngest son. I shared my contact information and was able to speak with him, as well as one of her daughters, this past weekend," Greater Clark County Schools' Erin Bojorquez said. "I'm thrilled that I was able to connect with Marty's family. I hope this little piece of history brings back fond memories of her years at Jeffersonville High School. I also hope to answer the community's burning question soon about who Marty took to prom.”

The district is planning to mail her purse back to her, along with all the items inside, this week.

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