Yesterday, Jagoe Homes had the opportunity and the honor of witnessing the James L. Yates American Legion, Post #9 opening of their historical time capsule from 1935. Jagoe Homes, along with the help of Yeiser Excavating, delivered the corner stone to the American Legion only weeks before. Upon removing the corner stone from the original American Legion building, the rumored time capsule was discovered encased inside of the stone. This was a surprise, since no one, including the current members of the American Legion, knew for a fact that the corner stone contained this incredible piece of history.
Terry Mathis, the standing Commander of the American Legion, Post #9, carefully opened the capsule yesterday evening in front of an overwhelmingly large crowd. Terry, along with other members, had no clue as to what would be inside. Once it was finally opened, Terry revealed what had been hidden away from any human hand for 76 years – timeless pieces of old newspapers, photographs, membership lists, a Bible, letters and advertisements from businesses, some businesses that are still here, and some that are not, and a beautifully written letter dedicating the old building to the men and women who died for their country in World War I and anyone who was to serve in our nation’s military in the future. The amount of history the time capsule held spread across the table, some piled on top of each other.
The American Legion has plans for these historical documents and pieces of their past. They will most likely be displayed in a glass case in the front entry way in their new building on Frederica Street in Owensboro. However, these plans are not yet confirmed. The American Legion presented us with a special surprise as well – one of the 200-300 bricks that were saved from the original building.