Martha Ina Ingham lost purse, letter asking her to prom were found


Martha Ina Ingham lost purse, letter asking her to prom were found.

A purse missing for more than 65 years was found in an Indiana elementary school during renovations, NBC affiliate WAVE 3 reports.

The small black purse was found in part of the old Jeffersonville High School building on Court Avenue in Jeffersonville, the news outlet reported.

An ID for Martha Ina Ingham was found inside the purse. A Jeffersonville High School basketball schedule from 1954, lipstick and a letter asking her to prom were also found inside the bag.

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“I’ve heard that Paul has asked you to go to the Prom with him. If he hasn’t, I would like very much to take you,” read part of one letter that was found in the purse.

Wave 3 reported that the school district used social media to track Ingham down.

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“Marty was found thanks to the power of social media,” Greater Clark County School spokeswoman Erin Bojorquez said in an email to WAVE 3 News on Tuesday. “A family member came across our post, then shared it with Marty’s youngest son. I shared my contact information and was able to speak with him, as well as one of her daughters, this past weekend. I’m thrilled that I was able to connect with Marty’s family. She currently resides in Florida and the purse has been mailed to her. I hope this little piece of history brings back fond memories of her year at Jeffersonville High School. I also hope to answer the community’s burning question soon about who took Marty to prom.”

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