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    Gave away one of my favourite finds today

    I golfed with my father in law today, at the annual roundup marking the end of the season and the closing of the clubhouse for the year. Time to bleed the lines and close it up for the winter.

    After the golf, sitting around the clubhouse chit chatting and having a steak supper, a woman tapped me on the shoulder. She said "I heard you found a cufflink with the initials W.M. in my yard last year, could I please have a picture of it?". She introduced herself as the owner of the old house where I found the cufflink. She lives far away, and only comes up once a year to check on the house. An elderly friend of mine who watches the house when she's gone got me permission.Click image for larger version. 

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    In the 1930's, her great grandparents bought the house from the the original owner and builder named William M_ _ _ _ _ _. The house was built in 1905 and is a gorgeous house, the nicest house in the area from that era. He was the banker, and rather successful I'd say. She has done tons of research on the family and the house, and has even gained landmark status getting this house onto the National Register of Historic Places. I didn't realize just how much she loves this house and the history surrounding it until I met and spoke with her tonight.

    Locals told me that the property had been detected to death years ago, and for being such a good looking yard the finds were very scarce. No silver, only a few cents, and not even much junk. When I found the cufflink I was ecstatic! To me it was better than any coin. I spent many, many hours online trying to find a living relative, to no avail.Click image for larger version. 

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    Back to tonight- when she asked for a picture I said "I can do better than a picture, I'll give it to you!". I ran home and got it, and when I put it into her hand her face lit up. I could tell she genuinely appreciated it. She told me it will stay with the house, in the old jewelry box her grandmothers wedding ring came in.

    She and her father are in town for their yearly house maintenance visit for a few days, and she invited my wife and I to come take a tour of the house tomorrow. The house is original, hasn't been stripped out, which makes it special. Many times we have stood on the steps and looked in the windows and thought "man, I wish we could look inside". Well tomorrow is that day!

    Thanks for reading this long winded story of the return of a humble cufflink! Here it is in her hand.Click image for larger version. 

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  2. #2
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    Good return. It really does belong with the house. Definitely good karma. There is always the possibility that the owners of this house can get you an in on some other permissions. Enjoy the house tour!
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    Very nice story and return. Thanks for sharing
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    Great job JC!!

    ...Is a beautiful house, also!
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    Great story!, you made her day!!
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    Your story was a wonderful read. Congrats on the find but more than that thanks for the good deed. Acts like yours puts us and our hobby in a good light where it should be.


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    Get Pictures. Congrats on the historical return.
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    I have always respected you JC, now I have more respect for you. I nominate for an honorable mention. Thanks for going above and beyond what was expected. I bet you were on cloud nine when you saw her reaction, Kudos to you.
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    Great post, nice story. Best of luck to you !
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    Honorable Mention for sure! Congrats on believing in the right thing to do!
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    Good for you-most folks would not have done that, but I bet the look on her face when you handed it to her was priceless. Honorable Mention for sure!
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    That's a real nice thing to do J. I give away a lot of my finds as well. For me it feels better than keeping them if it's for the right people and reasons. I do miss some of the pieces because I know I'll never dig another, but I also smile when I think of the places my finds now live, and the people that it makes smile.

    Great job buddy
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    Good for you congrats
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    This is as good as it gets!!!!
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