The story of a mystery wedding band engraved with the initials "CWS" and "LJS" and the marriage date 12-4-42 that was discovered in Echo has come full circle. And just in time because Saturday marks what would have been the couple's 79th wedding anniversary.
Family members of Charles W. Shultz and his wife Lucille Jackson Shultz have been located.
The ring will be returned to Lucille's nephew Ray Jackson, Jr., of Grayson and his family.
Annette Sharp was clearing out 60 years worth of stuff at her mother's house in Echo when her grandson Austin Worsham, 13, discovered the ring. It was in a plastic bag mixed in with a bunch of coins.
"I looked at the initials on there and I got with all of our family historians, if you will, and nobody could place that with a family member," said Sharp in a previous Town Talk article.
So Sharp has been on a quest to return the legacy to the rightful family.
Maynard Dean of Shreveport helped with the quest by searching through old newspaper archives. Dean found three Town Talk articles that mentioned the couple, including the Shultz's marriage announcement.
Charles and Lucille were married in a single ring ceremony on Dec. 4, 1942, at 1227 Magnolia Street in Alexandria.
Sharp was able to get some information about the Shultzes from talking with their family members.
Lucille was born in Little Rock, Ark., and her family later moved to Alexandria. Charles was born in Berwick, Penn. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Livingston.
The couple met at a USO dance. They had one son, John Wayne Shultz who died in 1990. He was married to Vicki Ann Suire. They had no children.
Another Town Talk article from 1985 that Dean found is about a car accident on Highway 28 East "near the turnoff to Esler Regional Airport." Mr. Shultz, 65, died and Mrs. Shultz, 70, sustained moderate injures. The article lists them as residents of Groves, Texas.
Before finding out about the Shultzes, Sharp assumed the last letter of the initials was an "L." Many families in Echo have last names that start with "L" so Sharp thought that it could belong to the Lacombes, Lamberts or Lachneys.
It seems that it will forever remain a mystery as to how the Shultz's ring ended up with Sharp's maternal grandparents, Octave Guy and Anna Needham Beauregard.
"And they probably had a little more than everybody else," she said in a previous Town Talk article. "And I suspect that somebody came to get money or borrow money."
Her oldest daughter, whom she says is clairvoyant, wore the ring and told Sharp that it didn't belong to any of their family members and was used to barter.
Her mother is the late Joan Ann Beauregard Hathorn and her father is the late Kellett William Hathorn. She doesn't believe that her mother knew anything about the ring.
In a vision, her daughter saw two women having a conversation and a man in the background telling one of the women, "Yes, it's okay to do it."
"And it's 14k gold which seems to lend some credence to the fact that they used it to pay for something between my grandparents and whomever," she said.
Sharp hoped that by sharing the story someone would be able to put them in touch with the right family so she can return a piece of their history and give the story a happy ending.
This article originally appeared on Alexandria Town Talk: Mystery of 1942 wedding band found in Echo comes full circle