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Mystery medal

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Approximately 60 years after it was lost, a 1912 Cornell track medal was rediscovered this year by two men operating a metal detector in Goodhue, Minn. Following are excerpts from the e-mail correspondence that solved the mystery of the medal.

Sent: Monday, February 18, 2002
To: College Librarian Jean Donham
Subject: need some help please
i have come across a sterling silver medal in the 220 yd. hurdles dated 1912. i found this while usin a metal detector. if you or another person could possibly look through the yearbooks and send me the actual name and any other info you may be able to supply, i would be grateful as it would help me return this item to the surviving family members. The initials on the back are W.H.E.
jeff kehl and tim macken

Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2002
To: Jeff Kehl
Subject: RE: need some help please
I am the Cornell College Archivist. I did some investigation and found that in 1912, Walter H. Eyestone was a senior on the track team. At the time of his death (which I believe was 3/19/80), he had two sons: John Eyestone of LaGrange Park, IL, and Richard Eyestone of Fort Morgan, Colorado. Also in the obit, it indicated that he had five grandchildren and two great grandchildren, though their names were not indicated. I hope this information helps you. What a great project!
Michelle

Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2002
To: College Archivist Michelle Holschuh Simmons
Subject: your kind help
I found an 82-year-old son, John D., on the Internet and phoned him in LaGrange, Ill. We had a long and enjoyable conversation about his father and how he was a track star at Cornell and later a school superintendent from 1930 to 1943 in Goodhue, MN. He then returned to Iowa. Because of your help I will now be sending the son the silver medal. I want to thank you for all your help in this happy ending story.
Tim Macken

Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2002
To: Tim Macken
Subject: Re: your kind help
Thank you so much for sending me the wonderful story about the medal. I’m so glad you were able to contact the son and get his dad’s medal to him. This will certainly be among my favorite archives stories.
Michelle

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