February 22, 2011 / News

Yearbook helps missing class ring get returned to rightful owner

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

The Globe Gazette in Mason City, Iowa reported an interesting story last week about how Mike Mueller recovered his missing class ring from North Central High School after 22 years.

According to the paper, Mueller’s ring was stolen, along with his wife’s purse, out of their car in 1989.

About 15 years later, in 2004, the ring was anonymously returned to secretary Bonnie Hagen at North Central High.

Hagen said she frequently tried to determine the ring’s owner over the years, but it wasn’t until this year with the help of superintendent secretary Amy Yezek and some creative sleuthing using the North Central yearbook from 1983 that they were able to track Mueller down. The Globe Gazette article provides all the fun details.

Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.