Friday, July 06, 2007

The Time Capsule has been opened...

Papers in a Greensburg, Kan., time capsule point up a decline that began before the May tornado

No deep secrets. No bundle of cash.
Instead, the sheaf of papers in a 70-year-old time capsule opened on Independence Day in tornado-ravaged Greensburg, Kan., helps tell a story that residents of the rural farming community know all too well. Since 1937, when the copper capsule was buried in the cornerstone of the high school auditorium, district enrollment has dropped from 420 to about 280 students. Copies of the aged Kiowa County Progressive Signal and the Greensburg News showed a competitive two-newspaper town with commerce on the main street. More recently — even before the May 4 tornado — you could not find a cafe, hairdresser or grocery store. “You can call any rural town and the story will be the same,” school Superintendent Darin Headrick said Thursday. Elgeva Kerr and Ruth West, both 1937 graduates of the high school,
opened the capsule and found a membership list of a Masonic Lodge, an American Legion post, the Methodist Church, a band that played at that year’s Kansas State Fair, and the 1937 school board.

4 comments:

Dewdrop said...

Oh well...

Mike said...

all that fanfare for nothing...

Dewdrop said...

Inspires me to want to bury a time capsule with some good stuff in it. You know?

Mike said...

That is an excellent idea. That's one thing I like about blogging. I wish I could read and see pics/vids of what was going on with my parents 35-40 years ago!