Members of the Brownwood Independent School District were swept back 46 years when a metal box filled with items when Brownwood High School was built was opened Monday night.
Among the items found inside were a typed history of the school district, Bulletin clippings related to the ceremony in which Masons dedicated the cornerstone, information on the $2 million bond issue that paid for the construction and several smaller items such as coins and a Texas driver license — all left decades ago for future generations to find.
“We’ll need to make a copy of this,” Dr. Sue Jones, superintendent, said as she and school trustees looked through the contents after the box was opened by board President Michael Coppic.
The cornerstone was dedicated on Oct. 26, 1961, according to the copy of the news story that was included in the time capsule.
School officials plan to add new items to the box and reseal it as construction and renovation of the campus continues.
Also in the box were small vials of corn, wine and oil, the wages mentioned in the Old Testament as the wages paid for the construction of the temple by King Solomon.
The significance of one item — a pipe — was a mystery to board members.
“I’m not sure if that should go back in,” some one said with a chuckle while board members were sorting through the items. “The high school’s tobacco-free.”