Missouri town opens time capsule from 1908

By Ben Hooper  |  Nov. 28, 2017 at 11:36 AM
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Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Residents of a Missouri town opened a time capsule from 1908 and discovered its contents were still tied up with some particularly durable string.

The Schuyler County Historical Society hosted an event Sunday at the Lancaster Senior Housing Community Center to open the time capsule discovered embedded in a cornerstone at the Lancaster School.

"This really was a historic event," Schuyler County Historical Society President Sandra Redding told KTVO-TV. "There were several items, several hand written items from the students at the school. We also had different articles from several business people. We also found a ring, a horse ring I think they said it was."

Lancaster native Bob Bigsby said he was surprised to see how well the items inside were preserved, especially the string used to tie up the packages.

"Everything was wrapped with string which brought back a lot of memories for me when you used to go to the store everything you picked up was wrapped in string. And how that string were able to hold its strength after 100 years being sealed in a container was a little bit of a mystery to me," Bigsby said.

The historical society said the items inside the capsule are being scanned for public use and the original copies will have a new home at the Hall House Museum.

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