Kicker – A grist mill time capsule


NICK EICHER, HOST: Construction crews restoring the historic Roslyn Grist Mill on Long Island, New York found something buried in a concrete floor. 

It was a time capsule from a century ago inside a building built three centuries ago. 

A spokesman for the Roslyn Landmark Society revealed what was inside. Howard Kroplick speaking with CBS:

KROPLICK: We discovered messages in a bottle. And we’ve taken out the messages and they’re actually readable.

The first letter explained that workers were rebuilding the structure for the grandson of poet Wiliam Cullen Bryant. 

In the second letter, the Italian builder of the grist mill building made a simple request in his native language…

KROPLICK: I am Romolo Capparrelli. I worked on the grist mill. Please remember me. (background: we are remembering) And we are!

That letter made it into the hands of Caparrelli’s grandaughter

The time capsule of old milk bottles also had inside four rare coins.

The Roslyn Landmark Society is thinking about burying its own time capsule before completing the restoration.

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(Photo/CBS New York)

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