A lost purse discovered in the back of a school locker in Ohio serves as an unexpected time capsule, giving North Canton Middle School students a glimpse into the past. The bag was lost in 1957 and was not seen again for almost 62 years – material within time.
Pyle was beginning to fix some loose trim on the locker when, to his surprise, he came across the small red bag, covered in dust. He brought her to the school office.
After coming in contact with the family of the owner of the purse, North Canton City Schools decided to share more about the lost heirs and the woman who once owned them.
The bag was of Patti Rumphola, who graduated in 1960, then called Hoover High School.
With the help of some internet-searching dogs, the school – now North Canton Middle School – was able to track down Rumphola’s family. Unfortunately, he reported the district’s demise in 2013.
However, Rumphola’s five children now have a new legacy that connects her to her late mother: her old red-colored purse 62 years ago.
During a family gathering last fall, Rumphola children were able to peek inside the purse to get a glimpse into their mother’s life as a teenager. She received photos, make-up, notes and other personal items that had preceded her.
With the family’s permission, North Canton City Schools shared photos of the contents of the purse – which featured a photo of the young woman and her time.
Rumphola chewed peppermint flavored chiku-nut gum. She had a friend named Bonnie, who signed a school photo with a sweet message. He wore Hazel Bishop lipstick in the shade “Pastel Pink”. She was a high school member of the American Junior Red Cross.
The contents of the purse also included a library card that expired in 1960, a YMCA membership and old ticket stubs. Rumphola’s purse, now weathered and faded, and some old pennies were also found.
“Those of you who went to school in the 1950s or 1960s may have memories of some of the items,” the district’s Facebook wrote. “In one of the photos, you’ll see nine coins from Paytm’s wallet. Each of her five children held a penny of wheat as a memory of her mother.”
While much was learned about the life of the objects in the 1950s, followers fascinated by the story sought more information about the woman herself from the school district. The district shared a view of Rumphola, which was featured in The Punxsutawney Spirit in 2013.
He was at the age of 71, Patricia R. Michelle died, but she was born on February 25, 1942, as the daughter of the late Charles and Rose Ramphola.
He did John G. in 1980. Married Michelle and the pair lived together until his death in 2007. Rumphola worked as a teacher and helped establish the Theater Arts Guild of Punxsutawney and the Young Women’s Club. She was also a member of the book and quilting clubs and was an active costume designer and seamstress with the Ritz Theater.
But she “especially loved spending time with her children and grandchildren,” reads Obesity.
The following week, Rumphola would have celebrated his 78th birthday. Now, a snapshot of her youth is immortalized and shared in a way she would never have imagined when she lost her purse back in 1957 – ensuring that her story unfolds in the halls of Hoover High Lasts longer.