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Time Capsule Senior Letter

By Staff | Jun 29, 2016

The construction of the Wetzel County Time Capsule Project broke ground last week. By the time you read this the concrete forms should have been put into place for the monument’s foundation. In the near future, Allan Miller and his crew will be pour the concrete into the forms. The steel rebar support that will be inside of the concrete foundation was engineered by Dan Mahurin and constructed by Iron Workers, Carl Schmalz and Matt Bland. Excavation of the site was done by Ryan Yost of Tremendous Tree Trimming LLC. Ryan operated equipment donated for the project by Bridgeport Rentals. The stainless steel time capsule was built by Axiall employees, Ben Nice and Nathan Anderson. The Rock of Ages Company is in the process of cutting the granite capstone and machining it into shape. Earl Yost, Fran Caldwell along with myself are working to bring the project together by summers end. The project would not have been possible without the help and support of the Wetzel County Commission, Chamber of Commerce and the County Visitor’s Bureau (CVB). Also this week a sign designed and created by Hatfield Graphics will be placed on the site.

Project organizers have come a long ways since they first began the project earlier this year. But the success of the project is total due to the support they have received from our community. The time capsule organizers want to make sure that all the citizens of the county have an opportunity to be part of this historic project. If you would like to have a letter or copy of a picture placed in the time capsule please send it to: Wetzel County Time Capsule Project, 317 N. Main St. New Martinsville, 26155. Or you may email them to “mailto:wetzelcountytimecapsule@outlook.com”>wetzelcountytimecapsule@outlook.com

The following letter from a high school senior will be among those placed in the capsule to open in 100 years. It is hoped that letters like this one will give the future generations some idea of the world we live in today.


Dear Future Students of 2116,

Photo provided Excavation of the Wetzel County Time Capsule site was done by Ryan Yost of Tremendous Tree Trimming LLC. Ryan operated equipment donated for the project by Bridgeport Rentals.

Hi, my name is Savanna Bates and I have just graduated from Magnolia. Today’s date is Tuesday, May 31, 2016. I am sure things are completely different from what they are now. My senior class had 119 students, with many athletes and honor students. My junior year we won the state championship in basketball and my senior year we won in football and the girls track team. Most of my class played sports, we were offered; football, cheerleading, basketball, volleyball, tennis, golf, soccer, baseball, softball, archery, and cross country. I participated in cheerleading and track. Our class was also a very highly academic class. I graduated with a 3.9428 GPA and was 29th in my class. We were offered many different classes such as; English, Math, Science, History, Agriculture, Business, Home Economics, Welding, Art, Band, Theater, Spanish, and also college, honors, and AP classes. If you took four business class or four Agriculture classes you could become a completer. We had many types of clubs you could get involved with also. I was involved in National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Mu Aloha Theater, Drug Free, Relay for Life, and Service Club. We always would have a couple of dances through the year like Home Coming, Winter Formal, Sadie Hawkins, and for the juniors and seniors only, Prom. I don’t know if you guys have heard this, but during my time I heard, “Once a Blue Eagle Always a Blue Eagle and No One can take that away” many times.

We had round 420 students in grades 9-12 in the building. Our school was locked during the day for security and we had a police officer in the building at all times. We didn’t have to walk thru metal detectors or anything but we did have to get buzzed in to enter if school was in session. We did use computers in some classrooms but mainly used books and teachers used whiteboards (Not Chalkboards).

Out technology was advanced, but I am sure it is far more advanced for you than I could ever dream. The most popular things to own would be an IPad or a Samsung Tablet. The cell phones we all were using was any IPhone or Samsung Notes. Our social apps we would use on a daily bases was; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat. Most of us already had poor communication skill from all the texting and social sites. Lucky for you guys though, because you will never get the speech from your parents saying how back in the day there was no cell phones and junk.

The music we listen to our parents thought was trash (Or Did Not approve). There was never really a certain type of genre we would listen to. If you want to look up a couple songs we listened too, check out Low Life by Future Ft. The Weekend, Panda by Desligner, Work from Home by Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign, H.O.L.Y. by Florida Georgia Line, or 7 Years by Lucas Graham. Movie’s I would always watch would be anything by Nicholas Sparks or a good horror movie like the Conjuring. One of the most popular TV series was Gray’s Anatomy. Places we would go eat locally would be McDonalds, Wendy’s, Burger King, and Subway which is where I worked through high school. A lot of the boys would go down to Bruce Park and play basketball and most of us girls could not get a long for more than two days to do anything.

I’m glad I got to inform you all on what the year 2016 was like. Best of Luck to you all!


When the Time Capsule is sealed it will have within it a sample of the life and world we each live in today. That glimpse into our county will not be complete unless you that are reading this article take a few minutes to put into words the history of your family or how you see the events of the world unfolding today. Wetzel County is rich with history and people from many walks of life. We on the time capsule project hope you choose to be part of this event so you too can touch the future Through the Lens.