- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - A time capsule tucked inside a cornerstone of a Muscatine elementary school has been opened after nearly 90 years.

Jefferson Elementary School held an assembly to open the time capsule that was filled with items in 1927, The Muscatine Journal (https://bit.ly/1SsIUXQ ) reports.

Items in the capsule included a Bible, a yearbook, three newspapers, a telephone book, a study book, a school directory and other papers from the 1920s, when the school was constructed.

Willie Leza, who attended the school in the late 1980s, said he and his friends had always wondered what might be hidden in the time capsule behind the cornerstone.

“My friends and I, where that corner was, there was a four-square on the concrete there and we’d always play around there and whatnot,” Leza said. “And as kids, we’d always heard that there was a time capsule there, and as kids you think, ‘that’d be kind of neat, but I’m never going to see it,’ so I am really excited to see it after all these years.”

Cliff Weaver, a construction worker at Jefferson original location, opened the time capsule. The audience was able to see the items up close with a camera and projector.

Principal Corry Spies says he is surprised by the good condition of the time capsule’s contents.

“There was much more in there than we thought we would find today, and certainly it’s neat for the students,” he said. “It’s probably more gratifying to be an adult in the community, but definitely a neat experience for the community.”

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Information from: Muscatine Journal, https://www.muscatinejournal.com

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