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Search for a lost ring’s owner narrows to New Glasgow High School class of 1992

Robert Marshall shows-off the size of the ring by trying to fit it onto his little finger.
Robert Marshall shows-off the size of the ring by trying to fit it onto his little finger. - Brendan Ahern

(CORRECTION: The individual named as being the potential owner of the ring has said that it is not her's. The yearbook photo has since been removed along with their name.)

The glint of silver caught the eye of a visitor at the Thorburn war monument in 2004. He bent down to the foot of the monument and found a ring.

Ed Foster wasn’t sure what he found, but his cousin Robert Marshall certainly did.

“I just wiped some of the dirt off of it and I could see that it said New Glasgow High, 1992,” said Marshall inside of a tiny office that the Pictou County Roots Society uses at the Library.

Now, Marshall is on a mission to return the lost ring to its long-lost owner.

Fortunately, the inside of the slender sterling silver band held another clue about who the 1992 New Glasgow High School grad could be.

A year book and an engraving

The initials ‘M.L.’ are inscribed on the band. Marshall had a year, he had a place, and he had some clue as to what the owners name could be. What he needed now, was a year-book.

“One of my buddies had a friend who had a friend who had a friend who had a year-book,” recalls Marshall.

In the pages of that New Glasgow High School class of 1992 year-book Marshall found a name with the initials J.M.L.

“The initials sort of match,” he said. “The last two initials match, but the third doesn’t.”

That individual recently contacted The News to say that their ring is still safe and sound at home. So, the search continues. 

“I try to use all specific data, something that is a primary source: government documents, newspapers, recognized histories.”

Right now the year-book is the closest thing to a primary source available to him, and the newspaper obituaries have thankfully come up empty.

“I would really love to find out who this ring actually belongs to,” said Marshall who has also put out feelers on social media, and has spoken to everyone who might have known people to have graduated from New Glasgow High School back in 1992.

Robert Marshall tries the ring out on his little finger
Robert Marshall tries the ring out on his little finger

Digging

For 25-40 hours every week he volunteers his time with the Pictou County Roots Society and is currently working on a data-base of the obituaries on-file in the New Glasgow Public Library. In the past he has helped locals and visitors alike in locating the grave sites of family members who have passed, so a kind of ring-quest is first for him.

“I would really love to find out who this ring actually belongs to,” said Marshall who has also put out feelers on social media, and has spoken to everyone who might have known people to have graduated from New Glasgow High School back in 1992.

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