Eighty-nine-year-old Betty June Sissom would never have imagined that she would reunite with her lost wallet after 75 years. Yet, surprise came to her as her wallet was found in a school bathroom wall, together with other 14 wallets.
“This is exciting. I can’t believe after all of these years. It looks like it’s old,” Sissom said.
“I remember it was red and I remember I lost my wallet … I can’t believe this from all these years ago. That’s me with a little boy by the name of Jimmy Kane and I had a crush on him … Oh my goodness, look at the boy’s pictures I have … They took all the money, huh?” she said.
The episode happened when the old Centralia High School, Pennsylvania, was turned into a new church.
A plumber “had demoed out part of the old girl’s bathroom on the second floor in this old building and when he cut into the vent, a whole bunch of old wallets fell out,” Pastor of City Hope Church, Seth Baltzell, said.
It was 15 wallets that was shoved into a heat duct behind a toilet and they were all belong to female students from the mid-1940s, according to the school IDs.
The pastor believes they were stolen about 75 yeas ago and have been there ever since. There were no cash in the wallets, so they were appeared to be taken by thief.
He said, “War is ending. So there are lots of things like pictures of soldiers.”
With the hope to find the owners of 15 old wallets, the pastor posted a photo of them on Facebook along with a list of names.
“Shared 1,000 times, 2,000, 3,000. People are commenting. A lot of people have reached out and its relatives,” he said.
Relatives of Sissom had reached to the post and the pastor asked 5 On Your Side to return the wallet to her in person, who now lives about miles away in Chesterfield, England.
No money, but getting her stolen wallet back 75 years later?
“Unbelievable,” she said.