March 27, 2019
Tom K. club Member
This short article is by Tom K.

Good Samaritan #3 .
Another awesome recovery for this man his 14k wedding band in less than 5 minutes!!!
From Jan N. Tom, please tell us the background story on this. It is awesome that you helped this man recover what looks like a real nice ring but fill us in on the details so that people can read that we are not bad people.
Standard storyline lost it yesterday while sitting on beach with wife finger hurt from a old injury took it off and poof it's gone ...  He could not sleep, up at 3am came to beach early to see if a detectorist was around and there I was...


March 7, 2019

FaceBook posting. Bob G. spotted a FaceBook post where someone left a message about losing a family heirloom rings, here's just a part of the story.

Update on a ring that I had found at Coaches Corner parking lot in Orland Park after seeing a Facebook post by Kathleen for her husband's lost ring.

The sentimental ring belonged to Jim's father and was given to Jim by his Mother when his Father had passed. The ring was handed down from Jim's Grandfather to Jim's Father. Jim said the ring was probably given to his Grandfather as payment for garbage pickup by the Grandfather's Garbage Pickup business for downtown Chicago businesses. During the Depression, with cash being scarce, bartering was common.

Here is Facebook post by Kathleen after I went their home to return Jim's ring...

"Well! All of those prayers worked and my husband's ring which was lost for three weeks, was found! St. Anthony works! This post was shared by Snowie Happie Flynn on her Facebook page. Bob Gaynor, who is a metal detector enthusiast from Orland Park, contacted me. Bob Gaynor went over to the parking lot after the snow melted and found the ring on the mulch-sparkling in the sunlight! This is a miracle!

My husband who does not own a cell phone and is clueless about Facebook didn't even know I had posted it. Bob Gaynor came to our home with the ring and wouldn't accept any compensation. We had a great conversation about his metal detecting hobby. There are wonderful people in the world.....and it truly is a small world. Bob Gaynor is Snowie Happie Flynn's ( Patty Flynn's ) cousin. I went to school in Visitation, in Chicago, with her. Bob Gaynor is from my my old parish, St Bede. Try 3 degrees of separation! I really do appreciate all of you who shared the post and for those of you who said prayers-it worked."

...and some comments on Kathleen's Facebook post,

"That is great Bob, great job and thank you!"

"Bob is our hero!"

Tom K
FaceBook posting. Tom K. vacationing in Florida, was approached by a young newlywed lady who lost het ring. Success he found it.

This young lady lost her wedding diamond ring yesterday on the beach ,she approached me this morning.I used her matching wedding band for a reference vdi 47 and began my sweeps, very quickly I hit a 47 in the area and Bam here's the result. What a Great feeling to be able to do this......Happy Hunting!!!


June 2018

Ron Offerman Wallet 01Ron Offerman finds a wallet in Illinois that belongs to a man in Florida.  Ron reported that he was not using his metal detector yesterday, but always searching with his eyes. He spotted a wallet laying in the middle of the road as he was returning from one of his customers. He opened it up to gean address, and saw that the 75 year old owner lived in Florida. Ron said “No, it could not be as easy as walking it up to the house I found it in front of”. He drove up and down the street hoping to find a vehicle in a driveway with a Florida plates on it. No such luck. He continued to search the wallet which contained a driver’s license, SS cards, 5 credit cards, 3 - $2 bills, a tiny copy of his wedding certificate, and various other cards typically found in a wallet. It was an identity thief’s delight. Once he got home he did some research on the internet, and in a short period of time came up with a person who had the same last name and only lived 2 blocks from where he found the wallet. Ron and his wife made the 15 minute drive back to the town. As he turned onto the street there sat a van in the driveway with Florida plates. Ron figured this had to be the owner. He knocked on the door and a lady in her 70’s answered. Ron inquired if David --------- lived or was staying in the house. She said yes and who by then was standing in the door. Seeing his face matched the driver’s license picture, Ron knew he had found the owner. David offered a reward but Ron said that he didn’t want anything more than a picture; which he was happy to take. The smile on his and his wife’s face is reward enough for Ron. David said that he and his wife were visiting their son and he had set the wallet on the roof of his van when he drove off. When he went around the corner 2 blocks away it had fallen off the roof. 800 miles, yet only15 minutes away made this a very special feel good moment.


September 2017

Ron Offerman Found Ring


After being contacted by Chester, to help a man find his lost White Gold wedding band, Ron Offerman was happy to help out.  Searching thru a huge pile of wood chips from 2 trees that had been cut down, was uneventful.  After hunting for an hour and fifteen minutes Ron had still not found the ring.  After asking the man where he was cutting down the trees; he mentionioned another home about 7 miles away.  They proceeded to that home to ask the homeowner if they could look around.  It turns out, Ron only lives 5 doors from this yard, and the man was one of his teachers in Jr. High School.  He gladly gave Ron permission to search the 2 piles of wood chips that were in his front yard.  After picking one pile and turning on his detector, Ron found the ring inside of a minute !  This made for one happy man, he has only been married for 4 months.  Ron told him "He better glue that ring on his finger!


November 2009

Bob Culver related the story of his hunt for the lost engagement ring during this November meeting. We received the email below about John's fiancée losing her ring while raking leaves. A phone call to Bob was placed and he was able to respond almost immediately. He spent some time looking for the ring and after it was too dark to see anymore Bob and John were about to abandon the hunt when while demonstrating a spare metal detector that Bob had brought along the ring was discover literally right below Bob's coil. Bob's excitement about the find was clearly evident.

DSC01972Will County Historical Research and Recovery Association members are avid hobbyists that spend many hours enjoying the great outdoors and the pursuit of lost treasures and relics.

We find coins both modern and old. Often we find lost jewelry and other articles. Unfortunately much of the time there is no way to identify the owner of a lost item. Occasionally circumstances allow us to reunite a lost treasure with its owner.

If you have lost something and would like our assistance in attempting to recover the item, send an email to Click on the Find It Services link for additional information.

Other stories here are about WCHRRA members that go out of the way to help out the environment, people, government agencies and other events.

The stories here are about our members and their good deeds.

September 2015

The following email from Arlen P. came afew days ago and it just shows that this metal detecting hobby is one that has benefits beyond just finding coins.

Hi Chester. Sorry I missed the picnic, but still not doing too much after I had a heart attack, but I had a good day. I was approached my a neighbor by the park I detect. He asked if I could look for lost jewelry and I told him I could try. He said it had been missing for a year or 2. It was lost in a 20 by 30 foot area. After initially searching Friday, I searched for about 90 minutes, when checking a weak signal, up pops the ring. No one was home, but a neighbor texted the wife, Sue and an hour later I returned the long lost ring, Found it, it was lost in 2009 or 2010.
Was a great feeling returning the ring which was worth well over $10,000. She wanted to give me 250 dollars, but I declined. I did agree with a hug. Told her I was a member of WCHRRA and any member would assist freely for lost jewelry. I now understand being able to reunite someone with a lost heirloom.                 Platinum band with square cut diamond and 8 diamond chips


November 2012

Thank you Darren Brooks!!
I lost my mom's class ring in April of 2012 and my mom has been recently asking about it. I felt awful and decided to search for it even more, but I needed major help. My superintendent at my school told me about Darren; so, I contacted his wife and within two days we got together at the local park and he found the ring in less than a half hour! I have never been so relieved and ecstatic in my life. I feel like I owe him my life because this ring means so much to me. Thank you again, Darren!

September 2012 Two stories this month.
The first story is from club member Ken L.

I don't know whether or not this qualifies as a good deed story, but it made a lady happy.
While doing some lunch break detecting at work I found a little blue aluminum dog tag with the name Daisy Belle, a phone number, and the owner's address on it in a grassy area of a public park about 3" down. With a little Internet research, I found the email address of the owners and sent them a note explaining that I had found Daisy Belle's tag while I was metal detecting and asked if they would like to have it back.
The lady wrote back saying that their Black Lab Daisy Belle had passed away a couple years ago, and that the tag I found was lost when she was being watched by friends at least 5 years ago. She was happy that I found the tag because when they finally made the decision to put Daisy down the vet forgot to give them back her collar and tags that they would have liked to keep to remember her by. She explained that the tag I found was the one that Daisy wore most of her life. Today I mailed the tag back with a note stating that I hope the tag brings back fond memories of her friend Daisy.
It was nice to make the lady happy.Dogtag

The second story was referral from one of our club members, Wes R.

WCHRRA member Wes R received a phone call from a friend about a lady, Shirley, in Lisle that needed some help finding a lost ring in her backyard. Since the location was only 10 minutes away from Sharon K's house, she went out to the Shirley's home to see if she could find the ring.
Shirley recently lost her husband a couple of months ago and gave each of her children a keepsake. One son received his father's watch, the other son received his father's wedding band that was replaced after it was lost in the garden. and the daughter received her fathers gold necklace. After some family discussion there was a concern about who got which keepsake. That's when Sharon took the call to look for the original lost ring.
Arriving on site, Shirley showed Sharon the area in the garden she thought her husband lost the ring while rototilling. Sharon hunt the area without any luck initially and expanded the search area to the entire backyard. Shirley's son stopped by and provided some additional details.
After hunting a section, Sharon realized that her inline pinpoint probe was turned on and she immediately went back over the same area. When she retraced her steps, the Fisher F75 sounded off with a target and digging the plug revealed the ring neatly sitting in the rolled over plug.
Shirley was overjoyed at the discovery of the wedding band which had been lost over ten years. Finding the orignal wedding band made what was a sad time in Shirley's life a bright moment in time for Shirley and her band

April 2012

Another Good Deed by & from Darren B.

My ex-neighbor called me and said a friend had lost a wedding ring in her yard. I contacted Anne and was told she had a good idea where she lost it. She and her children had looked for a hour or so on hand and knees with no luck. I went to her house Thursday night after work. Luckily she was pretty close with her approximate drop sight. Took about 5 minutes to find the ring. The look on her face when I hollered "I found it" made my day. That's what makes this such a great hobby. I have enclosed a copy of the thank you card she sent.

Thank You Note


WCHRRA Find It Service received an email asking for assistance in finding a lost engagement ring by an insurance agent and his client. The ring was lost two weeks before and after an exhaustive search by the owners, they retraced their steps but no luck. The insurance agent contacted the club through the our email asking for help. Chester and Sharon volunteered to come out on what was a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon and after two and a half hours of searching Sharon located the lost ring in a flower bed along the foundation of the house under a flower pot. In addition the 1/2 carat diamond, 14kt white gold ring, Sharon also found a S/S charm lost over 20 years before in the back yard and a gold colored Avon ring which was lost by the owners daughter several yaers ago.

March 2012

Recently one of our club memebers was out enjoy the first warm days of spring. Dee was in Pilcher Park and spotted a backpack laying in the grass. Being a treasure hunter,  her instincts kicked in and she went over to the backpack and discovered it contained among other things a family Bible. Dee contacted Rose Paneri of the Joliet Herald and was successful in locating the owner.