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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wedding gift under wraps for years (slideshow 3)

65 years later

By Jamie Ausk Crisafulli

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

Dawson County residents Bob and Jackie Schlicht recently opened the last of their wedding presents. 

The Schlichts were married in 1952. 

The wedding gift had been tucked away in an attic of a building owned by Bob’s parents for years. Bob’s dad Bartly passed away in 1980 and his mom Leta passed away last year at the age of 102. She had lived on the property up until a year and a half ago.

The Schlichts sold the property last fall. 

The old home site on the property had a large shop which included an attic area. Bob said he didn’t have any idea that his dad used it for storage until just recently. 

When the new owner was cleaning out the property, he found a wrapped package in the attic.

Bob didn’t know anything about it until he contacted the owner so that he could make arrangements to pick up a sign he wanted from one of the buildings. The man told Bob he’d meet him at the property, “Oh, and he said, ‘by the way I’ve got a gift for you, too,’” Bob said.

Of course, Bob had no idea that the gift was 65 years old.

The wedding gift, although a little dusty, was still perfectly wrapped in vintage paper and curling ribbon and included a small card.

“It just looked old,” Jackie said.

The two are still trying to understand the mystery of how the present was placed in the attic in the first place.

“I don’t know how in the world it got there. It must have dropped in with some other stuff he (Bob’s dad) put up there and he didn’t even know it was there,” Bob said.

The two unwrapped the present and found brightly colored Hi-Jacs King of Coaster glass covers.

Jackie said the gift would have had to come in the mail because it was from her college roommate Dorothy Chiapuzio who lived in Oregon. Jackie attended Willamette University for one semester. 

“She didn’t even know that we got it,” Bob said.

After trying for several weeks to track Chiapuzio down, Jackie found a phone number that she thought would give her an opportunity to explain why the they had never acknowledged the gift she had sent. 

Jackie, however, received the news that her former college roommate had passed away as a result of ovarian cancer three years earlier. Chiapuzio’s husband was happy to hear from Jackie and was very interested to get the details of the story of the long lost wedding gift, according to Jackie.

The Schlichts have also shared the wedding gift story with a few of their friends, most of whom have the same reaction: “Amazing!” Bob said.

The Schlichts themselves are still a little baffled by the whole ordeal.

“It’s unusual to have a gift for 64 years and only just receive it,” Jackie noted.

Reach Jamie Ausk Crisafulli at rreditor@rangerreview.com.

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