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BRATTLEBORO — A missing piece of Brattleboro history was recently found in a most unusual place.
Jay Meyer, a Putney resident and 1980 alumni of Brattleboro Union High School, saw what he thought was an interesting online post and set out to fix a wrong.
Meyer belongs to a group on Facebook — "I grew up in Brattleboro" — and saw a picture posted from an alumni group on March 1 of a trophy that was won by the 1922 Brattleboro High School's track team. The post stated that the trophy was at an antiques shop in Greenfield, Mass.
"After a conversation, (in the Facebook group), we all agreed that it needed to come home," said Meyer.
Meyer drove down to Greenfield on March 3 and purchased the trophy for $200. He then sent an email to BUHS Principal Steven Perrin to get the trophy home.
On March 4, the trophy was returned and met with great happiness from Perrin, who placed it proudly inside a case at the school's main entry.
"It is great to have a piece of Brattleboro history come back to us," Perrin commented. "To think that almost 100 years ago we had athletes competing and performing, and just having this trophy that it is just a great reminder of BUHS and Brattleboro in general."
"The trophy is almost 100 years old from 1922; to bring it back home, I think it's very important to the area, to the school, to have the trophy back where it belongs. It's part of our history," said Meyer.
Perrin does not believe there was any "foul" play when it came to the missing trophy, but it might have disappeared when the school conducted renovations in the early 2000s.
"A lot of things were packaged up, and put away," Perrin recalled. "Did it go missing then? I don't know, but that would have been the time it went on someone's estate for sale."