Deer Creek School unearths 25-year-old memories (slideshow)
By Anthony Varriano
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
Smiles and laughs overcame former students of Deer Creek School on Friday afternoon, as a 25-year-old time capsule was unearthed, bringing back faded memories and old possessions.
About a dozen former students and another 50 current students, teachers and parents gathered to bring up the time capsule and bury another one.
Jamie McMillan, a former student at Deer Creek, tried to recall what she buried in the time capsule before her brother and the school board chairman, Ben Rahr, broke ground.
“I believe we had an assignment to write a letter to our unborn children or about where we wanted to be in 25 years,” she said, adding that she recalled a Timex watch being included “to see how long it would tick,” and VHS tapes of their Christmas programs being buried.
The digging took a bit longer than expected, as some of the kids kept calling for a backhoe while Rahr dug deeper and deeper.
It would take a much larger hole to unearth the entire capsule, so Rahr cut the duct tape off the lid and pulled the items out while it was still in the ground.
Moisture had apparently played its role on everything that wasn’t in a plastic bag, as a faded, soggy Ranger-Review from April 27, 1989, was one of the first items taken from the capsule.
The VHS tapes of the Christmas programs were ruined. Many of the former students did get a kick out of the letters to themselves, though.
“Oh my goodness,” Scoti Clingingsmith Snider exclaimed when reading her letter. “That’s crazy.”
Brandy Rahr said she wrote suggestions for naming the two children she expected to have. She didn’t use either name and instead has five kids.
The item most dear to the hearts of the former students was a letter from their teacher, Harry Borchert.
“You were sixteen of the finest human beings I’ve ever known as sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. I hope this letter finds you all as sensitive and loving as you are now,” he wrote.
The festivities got current Deer Creek students excited to bury their own treasures, including a couple of baseballs, another watch, dog tags and a fishing lure. They also wrote a letter to themselves to accompany their personal items.
“We told them they should bury something they loved,” teacher Louise Burman said.
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