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50 Year Centennial Time Capsule To Be Opened Sunday At Courthouse

May 29, 2024 (0)

1974 TIME CAPSULE PACKERS - Ruth O'Neill and John Martin put items in the 50 year time capsule that will be opened this Sunday, June 2 at 5 p.m. on the Holt County Courthouse lawn.

This Sunday, June 2 at 5 p.m. another fulfillment of the 150th anniversary of O'Neill will take place on the lawn of the Holt County Courthouse where on June 2 of 1974 a time capsule buried there contained treasurers of the year and the centennial celebration will be unearthed.

Centennial chairman Ronald D. Olberding read a list of items placed in the specially constructed time capsule and then he with the help of John O'Neill Martinson, a great-grandson of Gen. John O'Neill, laid the capsule into a cement vault at the base of the bell monument presented by a pioneer to a city church.

Over the capsule the two men placed a granite marker bearing the inscription: O'Neill Centennial Time Capsuled, Dedicated June, 2 1974, to be opened May 12, 2024 A.D. Building a Better Future.

In addition to several unrecorded mementoes by individuals, the time capsule to be unearthed on Sunday, June 2 includes; Flags of the Nebraska Bicentennial, Ireland and City of O'Neill; a Nebraska Plate; Great Seal of Nebraska from the Secretary of State, Allen Beerman; centennial proclamations from then Gov. J. James Exon and queen Bonnie Forwood; Bicentennial Brochure and magazine; a copy of the Bible and "Great Controversy from Mary Ellenwood; copy of the Declaration of Independence form the Nebraska Bicentennial Commission; O'Neill Jaycees St. Patrick's Day Mug; Letter from the Jaycees and centennial officers Mary Ellenwood and Burn McCulloh; St. Pat's pins from Matt Beha; O'Neill brochure, community profile, industrial facts book; Nebraska  map and the events and a city map from the Chamber of Commerce; Two copies of the May 30, 1974 Holt County Independent; copies of the centennial coronation program, tickets, a celebration schedule of events and poster for the Centennial Fair ribbons; small American Flag exchanged by the First Infantry Division Halo team in its jump over the airport; balloon from the Shriners; Centennial  commemorative items, including a silver coin numbered 100, "A Piece of Emerald" history books, Mrs. Jaycees cookbook, bronze coin,plate, letter opener, key case, hat bumper sticker, playing cards, bolo tie, ashtray, shaving permit and Brothers of the Brush Button; Centennial time Capsule Stock Holder Book with a list of the names of persons in O'Neill during the celebration who bought Centennial Time Capsule stock signatures of the centennial officers and tape recording of centennial activities made by Matt Beha.


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