Antiques hunter returns 1950 yearbook, diploma to owner

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A Hawaii man who hunts for antiques to sell on eBay returned a pair of precious memories, a 1950 high school yearbook and diploma, to their owner.

Manu Pagaragan said he bought a collection of antiques last year and among the items was a 1950 yearbook from Honolulu’s Roosevelt High School.

“I was about to list it for sale until I discovered that the person’s diploma was still attached to it,” Pagaragan wrote on Facebook.

He posted photos of the yearbook and diploma to Facebook this month in the hopes of finding the student, June Landgraf, or her family.

The post helped Pagaragan connect with June’s sister, who revealed the Roosevelt graduate — now June Cummings — was still alive at age 89 and staying at the Hawaii Kai senior living facility in Honolulu.

“A moment like this was so special to see her excited about something,” Cummings’ daughter, Gayle Rodrigues, told KGMB-TV.

“She said, ‘Thank you so much, and now I have something to do because I can read my yearbook.’ She was so happy to get her yearbook with the diploma. I think that diploma was the most important thing,” Rodrigues said.

Cummings’ family said the yearbook and diploma must have been lost at some point during one of several moves between homes over the years.