Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 3, 2013

W.Va. collector buys own high school essay

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The Great Depression closed Oak Park in 1930. Masontown Water Works bought the park to use its water for the town's supply, according to Belldina's report, which he wrote for English class in 1979.

When Belldina found the information on eBay, he placed a maximum bid of $4 on the lot and won.

"I opened it up and was like, 'Yeah, I have this picture. Wonder what this note says'," Belldina recalled. "I looked at it and it brought back a memory, and then I saw my name. I thought, 'That is crazy'."

Belldina recently figured out how his paper traveled across the country.

To thank Cipolloni for her help, Belldina said he returned the rough draft, with her handwritten notes on it, to her with a photograph after he finished his paper.

Belldina contacted the eBay seller, S.E. Taylor of Portland, Ore., to ask how he acquired the report. That's when Belldina learned Taylor is Cipolloni's nephew.

When Cipolloni died in 1992, her sister, Taylor's mother, took her papers to her house in Oregon. When Taylor's mother died, he began going through her belongings and placing some things for auction on eBay. Taylor has refunded Belldina's money.

Belldina owns Belldina's Pharmacy in Masontown and is a partner in Pierpont Landing Pharmacy in Morgantown.

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