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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“I showed them to Francis \ and said we have a problem because there’s no name in this book,” Stewart said. “We hadn’t a clue when it had been donated or from whom. I just saw that they were nice treasures.” On one pendant, Stewart found the inscription “FHWGA” along with a series of dates from 1978 to 1996 with the words “club champion.” Minard suggested that the first two letters could possibly refer to the Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier so Stewart proceeded to look up the club’s number in the yellow pages. “The club had the same logo that was on the pendant so we drove over there,” Stewart said. The club’s general manager, Dave Goodrich, checked the champions from the given years and found a woman’s name, Stewart said. Evelyn Perez, Goodrich’s secretary, found the woman’s phone number but no one answered the phone. “Evelyn was very sharp,” Stewart said. “She called several friends of \ until she tracked down her cell phone number. When I finally reached her I asked her if she had donated some books. She said yes and I said `I think you were more generous than you meant to be.”‘ WHITTIER – While perusing a box of books donated to Friends of the Whittier Public Library bookstore, Nancy Stewart almost threw away a book whose pages were stuck together.But when she tugged at the corner, the book fell open to reveal a hiding place carved out of the center of the pages. Inside were two pouches stuffed with several pieces of jewelry. The sleuthing that followed to uncover the jewels’ owner could rival any Sherlock Holmes detective story. Stewart, who is president of Friends of the Whittier Public Library, said the jewels appeared to be family heirloom-type items. It turned out the four sleuths had tracked down the woman within 24 hours after she had dropped off the donated books. “I was shaking I was so astounded,” said the woman. “I offered them money, a reward, but they only accepted a donation to Friends of the Library. They thought they were the world’s best detectives. It was nice for them because they’re really honest people.” The woman said her children had given her the book years before and she had forgotten all about it. Most of her jewelry is kept in a safe-deposit box in the bank, but she’d noticed some of it missing about two years ago. “The book is called `The Heart of the West’ by Penelope Williamson, it’s an actual book,” the woman said. “I remember thinking when I was going to give it away, why would I buy this book? And even then, I didn’t remember that it was a safe.” Stewart said she often finds unusual things tucked into books and forgotten. “We find all manner of things used as bookmarks from the sublime to the indecent – literally,” she said. “We were thrilled to be able to track her down.” The woman whose jewelry was found did not want to be identified for this story for fear a robber might seek her out. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img