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  1. #1
    us
    Jan 2011
    North Texas
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    Return of a Relic!

    Last month I found a silver relic. When I first got it out of the ground it was encase in some of that hard Texas dirt and I could only see part of an emblem and its general shape. I thought it was a flattened school ring and only after I soaked it did I see it wasn't a ring, but some kind of other jewelry like piece, probably from a bracelet or school uniform. The emblem on the face is inscribed "Decatur Baptist College 1934". There were also some initials on the back.

    A quick online search revealed that Decatur Baptist College formed in the late 1800's as America's first two year college. In the mid to late 1960s it became Dallas Baptist University and the campus was moved to the current location south of Dallas, TX. The building that was the administration offices of Decatur Baptist College now houses the Wise County Historical Society Museum.

    I first spoke to the Executive Director of the Wise County Historical Society Museum who said they had never seen a relic of that kind from the college and suggested I talk with Dallas Baptist University who keeps all of the student records and who maintains an archive of items from the old Decatur Baptist College. I started a conversation with Mr. Dennis Linam at Dallas Baptist University regarding the item and he also agreed he had never seen anything like it and never knew something like that existed. According to Mr. Linam the school was poor and they did not have class rings or any such things, especially one made of Sterling silver. We were able to identify the original owner of the item, but have not been able to find her. We figure the item was probably a one of a kind item that the owner or the owners family had made.

    I decided to donate the item to Dallas Baptist University. Today I met with Mr. Dennis Linam (pictured right) where he will display the item with the other Decatur Baptist College items in their archives. We had a great visit and this was once again such a rewarding aspect of this great hobby.

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    Last edited by Ed-D; Apr 28, 2014 at 01:31 PM. Reason: spelling
    Annual Finds: 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016
    Returns: Wedding Ring - 1955 Class Ring - College Relic - 1959 Class Ring (Attempt) - Kingdom of MeridiesCoin
    Totals since 2012
    *: 168 silver coins and 137 Silver/Gold Jewelry Items - 112 rings (69 silver, 41 gold, and 2 mixed 10k & Sterling), utensils, religious medallions, bracelets, necklaces, chains, and other jewelry items.
    Class Rings: 14 - 1913, 1928, 1929, 1934, 1939, 1946, 1955, 1959, 1965, 1969, 1981, 1981, 1983, No Date GP "Generic" HS Ring
    (*2012 is when I started this addictive behavior)

  2. #2
    us
    Feb 2009
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    Incredible! WTG, an object that even they have never seen. Hope they display it for all to see.

  3. #3
    Good follows good deeds.....well done,,,,I hope they display it nicely?
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  4. #4
    us
    Oct 2007
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    Cool.

  5. #5
    us
    Jan 2013
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    Well done, Ed-D! You're paying it forward, and back, in one fell swoop.

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  6. #6
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    Dan or Daniel or Lucky if I've found Gold.

    May 2012
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    Well done in preserving history whenever possible and placing it where it rightfully belongs. I hope you find a 50 lbs Gold Nugget under your pillow in the morning.

    HH.

  7. #7
    us
    U.s.marine FB FRIEND ME AT KEVINRHUHN IN MARINE UNIFORM TO VIEW MORE FINDS THANX

    Mar 2013
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    I hope you did a write-up for western and eastern mag. Or American digger that's an awesome relic story

  8. #8
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    Excellent relic recovery and a GREAT idea to donate to a museum. Well done, and BRAVO!
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    Any relics, coins, or other items appearing in my signatures were found on PRIVATE PROPERTY with total consent and permission from the owners of said property.

  9. #9
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  10. #10
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    R. B. Wilsom

    Oct 2013
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    Proud to call you a fellow MD'er. Giving back is it's own reward.

  11. #11
    us
    Jan 2011
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    Congrats on the find, And Well Done on the Donation. That's what it's all about..........HH


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  12. #12
    us
    Feb 2013
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    What a beautiful piece! Congrats on the find and the good luck that is sure to follow your very kind act!

  13. #13
    us
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    Awesome find and great story.

  14. #14
    ca
    Feb 2009
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    Great find and return, congrats for both!

  15. #15
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    us
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    Very nice story! Thank you for sharing. By the looks of the gentleman you made his day, week, year...etc.
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