2014-09-03 / News

Cros-Lex time capsule rolls back the years

They were there!
BY MARGARET WHITMER
reporter


A highlight of the Croswell-Lexington High School class of ’64 reunion was the opening of a time capsule that had been built right into the school building. The ‘sixty-fours’ were the first class to graduate from the brand new high school that had been built just the year before on Peck Road. Among those present for the event were, front row: Becky Schultz, Sharon Conely, Sharon Hinski (holding paper) Paul Kussrow (seated). Second row: Larry Conely, Kay Fuller, Connie Phillips, Sandy Roby, Tom Todd, Lois Hardy, Jim Cooper and Donna Dennison. 
Photo by Margaret Whitmer A highlight of the Croswell-Lexington High School class of ’64 reunion was the opening of a time capsule that had been built right into the school building. The ‘sixty-fours’ were the first class to graduate from the brand new high school that had been built just the year before on Peck Road. Among those present for the event were, front row: Becky Schultz, Sharon Conely, Sharon Hinski (holding paper) Paul Kussrow (seated). Second row: Larry Conely, Kay Fuller, Connie Phillips, Sandy Roby, Tom Todd, Lois Hardy, Jim Cooper and Donna Dennison. Photo by Margaret Whitmer CROSWELL — Summer is a time for reunions and the Croswell-Lexington class of ’64 was no exception.

At least 100 “sixty fours” and their guests gathered last weekend at Lakeview Hills Golf Resort to reminisce about their glory days.

What made this particular class special was that it was the first to graduate from the new high school that had been built a year before on Peck Road, east of Croswell. Previously, the high school had been the current Geiger Early Learning Center in Croswell.

One of the highlights of the evening was the opening of a time capsule, which had been enclosed in a case of solid copper sheeting and bricked right into the wall of the new school the year it was built.

The capsule remained there for 50 years and was all but forgotten until one former graduate happened to remember it existed.

“So they contacted the school about extracting it,” said class member Linda Kettlewell of Croswell.

With all of the additions and enlargements that have been done to the school since, it took a while to locate the capsule, but it finally was found cemented behind a plaque in the wall between the old main entrance doors and the new ones that were added a few years ago.

The capsule contained quite a few editions of the Sanilac Jeffersonian (in pristine condition, considering their age), along with lots of information about students and school operations.

Class members were a bit disappointed, because it had been rumored there were relics of popular culture included as well – such as an old Beatles record or news about President John Kennedy. The rumor proved to be false.

But they still had fun poring over the capsule’s contents, reminiscing about old sports games and marveling at the low cost of living.

“It was some neat stuff,” said Kettlewell. “It wasn’t quite what we expected, but everyone thought it was pretty cool anyway.”

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