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Middle School Time Capsule Removed

By Staff | Jun 18, 2009

TIME CAPSULE RETRIEVAL - Dan Cooper (pictured) set about to remove the cornerstone and the time capsule that was tucked inside the old Middle School. -- Jane Whitmore photo

The cornerstone at Emmetsburg Middle School is dated A.D. 1930 and is located on the northeast corner of the building. Tuesday, Dan Cooper set about to remove the cornerstone and the time capsule that was tucked inside.

After cutting around the cornerstone, Cooper decided it might be easier to inside the building. The walls are 18-inches thick, and five inches inside the wall there was a pocket which held the time capsule. It looked like a World War One ammunition box. Cooper is pictured above removing the green, metal box.

The box is in remarkably good condition, with only one corner rusted through. A peek through the corner revealed papers.

“We know what’s in it. The contents were listed in the newspaper when it was placed,” said Principal Jay Jurrens.? “We’ll save it (formally opening the time capsule) for a class project this fall.”

The inside wall will be patched and the cornerstone will remain intact at the former Emmetsburg Middle School.