Search Continues for Niles McKinley Time Capsule

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Almost everything has made its way from the old Niles McKinley High School to the new building.

However, there’s one thing missing that no one can seem to find: A time capsule buried almost 50 years ago.

With plans to demolish the old high school building sometime this summer, now more than ever the community wants to find the time capsule.

“We’re not quite sure where it’s at,” said class of 1964 alumn Joe Rossi. “We can all remember being here for the burial, but not sure exactly the location or what we put in it.”

He and some of his classmates believe they buried the capsule somewhere near the statue of William McKinley.

“I’ve looked for it before, yeah a couple other times, and we never could find anything either,” said Rossi.

Since it’s been 49 years, it’s mostly rumors about what’s inside: Records, clothing, newspapers and maybe even a yearbook.

“I think it would be nice for local history, I think it would be nice for our district if something were to be found that we could share and display it with folks who went here before and students who are here now,” said Niles interim Superintendent Frank Danso.

Members of the Tri-County Metal Detecting Club heard about the search and offered their services.

“Something like that that they want recovered at a later date, typically it shouldn’t be any more than three feet,” said Tri-County Metal Detecting Club president Jesse James.

If it’s buried any deeper than that, chances are the detectors won’t pick up the signal. Workers took out some of the cement around the statue so volunteers would have an easier time detecting it. Some current seniors also brought their shovels to help dig, but after plenty of false alarms, and an hour of searching, no one was able to find the mysterious time capsule.

The volunteers will be back though. Once construction crews remove the topsoil from the lawn, they’re determined to come back and look one more time.

“There’s been so much rumors over the last 50 years as to what’s down there, I think that’s the best part is to know what we buried,” said Rossi.

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