- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

RUSSELL, Kan. (AP) - The opening of a 113-year-old time capsule discovered in the cornerstone of the Russell County Courthouse was a little anti-climactic.

About 150 people crowded around Monday to see the contents of a 10-inch rectangular copper box in Russell. What they saw was mostly documents and newspapers from around 1902, when the capsule was buried inside the courthouse cornerstone.

The time capsule was discovered when the cornerstone was removed during renovations on March 23. There had been rumors of a time capsule, which was removed from the courthouse on March 23, but no documentation of its existence.

The Salina Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1H1bbyr ) the contents also included a 1901 coin, documents from churches and Masonic materials, according to Sheriff John Fletcher, who is also the county administrator.

The “tail side” of the coin had been smoothed and s Masonic inscription from the Russell Lodge had been added.

Bob Levin, a current cooperative observer for the National Weather Service who is known for helping people clean fossils that are discovered in the county, opened the time capsule.

“We warmed up the solder and went around the box. It took less than 10 minutes,” Levin said.

The Russell County Historical Society now has the documents. They will be scanned into a computer so people can examine them without handling the papers.

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Information from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, https://www.salina.com

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