EHS Class (Ring) Re­union

Escalon Times - - NEWS - By MARG JACKSON mjack­son@escalon­

Two Escalon High School class rings lost. Two found. Two re­united with own­ers.

The path that the pair of rings took – one was sim­ply lost, one was stolen – came full cir­cle on Satur­day at the Escalon His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Mu­seum on Main Street, as the sec­ond ring was re­turned to its grate­ful owner.

A strange twist­ing, turn­ing tale, Escalon High School teacher and coach Roger Bee­man had lost his Class of ’76 ring shortly af­ter re­ceiv­ing the prized piece of hard­ware dur­ing his high school days. Last fall, af­ter nearly 40 years, his ring was found.

“It was found on a ser­vice road, some­where in Merced County, it was found al­most 40 years from when I lost it,” Bee­man said.

That got him think­ing about an­other Escalon class ring, one that had been given to him at a track meet a few years ago by friends in Hugh­son.

“He works for MID and found it along one of the canal banks in the Water­ford or Hugh­son area, he saw it as an Escalon ring and gave it to me,” Bee­man said of his friend pass­ing along the Class of ’68 EHS ring to him.

Bee­man said he asked around about the ring af­ter it was given to him, did some check­ing at the high school, even passed it on to the Jour­nal­ism class in hopes they could dig up in­for­ma­tion about the owner.

Leads dried up, though, so Bee­man tossed the ring into a kitchen drawer.

Un­til he got his own ring back. That started him, again, want­ing to find the right­ful owner of the one in his pos­ses­sion.

He took it to the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and from there, so­ci­ety mem­bers got busy.

David Marino said he used the ini­tials – which he per­ceived as ‘C.C.’ (a mid­dle ini­tial ap­peared to be a ‘J’ or ‘I’ – and dug out the high school year­book for that era.

“The only ‘C.C.’ I found was Carolynn Curci,” Marino ex­plained.

Us­ing the In­ter­net, he was able to dis­cover she was not too far away – Water­ford, to be ex­act – and he was able to track down a phone num­ber, call her and re­port that her EHS Class of ‘68 ring was safe and sound.

“It was stolen,” Carolynn I. (Curci) Troed­son said when re­united with the ring on Satur­day morn­ing. “Septem­ber 30, 2001, we were in church, we live on a cor­ner lot in Water­ford and they cleaned us out, they got my hus­band’s guns, they got ve­hi­cles, my jew­elry.”

Some of the items were even­tu­ally found and re­turned fol­low­ing the bur­glary, but the ring never did turn up.

Un­til it was found on a canal bank.

Still liv­ing in Water­ford, Carolynn was ex­cited to get the ring back and ea­ger to hear Bee­man’s story about his own ‘ring re­union.’

Marino said oth­ers at the mu­seum had been in­volved in putting in­for­ma­tion about the ring out on Face­book and helped get to the so­lu­tion, and sev­eral peo­ple were on hand Satur­day for the re­union.

Escalon High School teacher and coach Roger Bee­man, left, and Carolynn (Curci) Troed­son dis­play their found EHS class rings as His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mem­ber David Marino, at right, smiles at be­ing part of the fes­tiv­i­ties. The mon­i­tors be­hind them dis­play...


Carolynn I. (Curci) Troed­son, right, is all smiles as she holds a box con­tain­ing her long-lost stolen high school ring, from the EHS Class of ’68. Escalon His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mem­ber David Marino, left, helped or­ga­nize the re­union of ring and owner on...

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