Recently, Jeffersonville High School in Indiana began some construction work on an older part of the school. While demolishing the buildings, workers found an incredible item belonging to a former student, Martha Ingham, who attended in 1954. The school just knew they needed to track down Ingham and find out what life was like back in the ’50s. The school’s discovery also led to another mystery: who did Martha Ingham take to prom. Read on to find out!
Sixty-five years ago, Martha “Marty” Ingham attended Jeffersonville High School in Indiana. Just like other teenagers from the era, she went to school sporting events and, of course, prom.
Flash forward to today. When beginning demolition on an older part of the school, workers found Ingham’s purse from 1954 in a cabinet. Inside the bag, they found a track and field ribbon, ID card, lipstick, and a basketball schedule, among other things. However, most importantly, they found two letters asking Ingham to prom! One letter came from a young man named Jordy, and the other came from a boy named Carter. The school wanted to make sure these beautiful mementos got back to the right person.
So, the school took to Facebook on February 7th to try and find Martha: “Martha Ina Ingham’s handbag from 1954 has been found in the Franklin Square demolition. We would love to return it to her or her family!”
Reaching Out To Martha Ingham
Along with a photo of the purse, the school district shared a photo of Ingham in her high school years. Erin Bojorquez, the spokeswoman of the school, said, “Jeffersonville is a small city in Indiana, so I posted the photograph on our social media sites thinking she would still reside locally or have family still in the area.” Only two days after the Facebook post went up, the school shared a wonderful piece of news: they found Ingham!
And she thought right! Ingham’s son reached out to the school after seeing the Facebook post, making the connection. Shortly afterward, the school mailed Ingham’s belongings to her. After all these years, she’d finally get her purse back. However, at this point, the story had gone viral and people wanted to know: Who did Ingham take to the prom?
Who Did Marty Go To Prom With?
Inside Ingham’s purse, who went by “Marty” at school, Jeffersonville High School found two romantic letters asking her to prom. The first not (seen above), came from a young man named “Jord.” His note, as prim and proper as you’d expect from a ’50s boy, reads: “I’ve heard that Paul has asked you to the prom with him – If he hasn’t I would like very much to take you. Love, ‘Jordy.’ P.S. If you have already consented to go with Paul, please forget that I asked. if he has asked but you haven’t consented yet, please consider my invitation.”
Now, normally anyone would be happy to receive just one prom invitation, especially such a well-worded one! But “Marty” clearly had a number of suitors, as the school found a second prom proposal in her purse!
The second letter (above) came from a boy named Carter. And his message is even cuter than the first! Carter mentions that he and a “Bobbie” are no longer together, that he just walks her to class simply because “she asked [him] to.” He also seems to have a lust for life, stating “I’m just going to date everybody and be friends with everybody!” He too mentions Paul, meaning that three boys wanted to take Marty to prom: Jordy, Paul, and Carter. So who did she choose?
Well, the school posted a photo revealing that Ingham took lucky Carter to prom – and had a grand time! Photos and mementos can reveal a lot, bringing back forgotten memories. When asked her about being reunited with her purse and the prom invitations, Ingham told Inside Edition “It brings back a lot of memories and a lot of people I haven’t heard of in a long time…what a good time we had in high school.”