The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

November 15, 2012

GIFT FROM THE PAST

Recently discovered time capsule gives crowd a glimpse of history

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SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP —

More newspapers, yearbooks, a telephone directory, coins, the school district’s pay roll, high school buttons and badges, comics, Ohio railway maps, class schedules and more – 33 items in all — were pulled from the copper box.

The last item, an envelope marked, “A letter to future generations,” created a stir; but when Seuffert opened the letter, it was blank.

“Oh, what a bummer,” she said. “It’s a blank slate, write on it what you want.”

Superintendent Joseph Donatone said the contents of the box will be given to the Ashtabula High School/ Harbor High School/ Lakeside High School Alumni Association.

“We are honored to be the recipients of the contents,” said Rick Coblitz, president of the group.

Alumni Association Vice President J.P. Ducro IV said, “It will allow the alumni to reflect on the past and look forward to the future.”

The contents will be properly preserved and then placed in a display case at Lakeside High School, Coblitz said.

Many local Masons attended Thursday’s ceremony and Bill Robinson, worshipful master of Rising Sun Lodge No. 22 Ashtabula, said Rising Son has been in Ashtabula for 200 years.

“Laying the cornerstone (of important buildings) goes back to George Washington’s time,” he said.

Assistant Superintendent Patrick Colucci said it was a historic event.

“Remember this time capsule was placed in the cornerstone of Ashtabula High School in 1915 for a reason; so that some day it would be found and the contents shared,” he said. “We are the fortunate ones to have the opportunity to celebrate and preserve a piece of history from our great Ashtabula Area City School District and community.”

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