Oregon Man's Wallet Returns After 63 Years

Bill Fulton of Baker city, Oregon, doesn't remember losing his wallet.  But when Baker Middle School worker Nathan Osborne found his wallet in the gym bleachers, it brought back a flood of memories.  Fulton lost his wallet back in 1946, most likely during a basketball game.  The wallet was found during recent renovations to remove the bleachers.  The wallet itself was still in good condition, and his social security card and bicycle license were in their respective compartments as he last left it.

Middle School Principal Mindi Vaughan said the brown pine bleachers were connected to the gym balcony's brick wall and had remained in the same place since the school, known as the Helen M. Stack Building, opened in 1936.

Fulton, 78, said he probably lost the wallet while cheering for the Baker High basketball team with a group of friends. Though a high school team, the Bulldogs played at the middle school gym back then.

Fulton said he returned to the gym in the 1960s to watch a basketball game. It's likely he was within a dozen or so feet from his old billfold that night. Both of his children attended the school, so they also must have come near it.


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Heh that's cool. I live in La Grande. (One city over from Baker.) So the location shout-out alone is "Neatorama" to me. :)

Eastern Oregon is very beautiful and unspoiled.(Pendleton, La Grande, Baker, and all the smaller towns). Theres lots of farmland, and mountains.
The air is clean, the traffic is low... and land stretches for miles without urban sprawl. But sadly unspoiled means... very little for entertainment. You have to be a Cowboy, a History-buff (Pioneer history. Oregon-trail etc), a Sportsman (Hunters, Fishermen), a redneck, or a religious freak to fit in.

Needless to say, I need to move.
How a technology loving, fashion-aware, agnostic girl like myself ended up here I'll never know.
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