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"C" building demo reveals message in a bottle!

posted Oct 19, 2016, 3:16 PM by Cabool R-IV Schools
Message in a Bottle
As the “C” building at Cabool High School was being demolished last week, maintenance supervisor Chris Reese found a surprise buried in one of the inside walls. On the north wall in a front room of the building there was a Pepsi bottle, turned upside down and containing a slip of paper. Reese said it took quite a while to chisel out the concrete around the bottle. When it was freed, the note inside was extracted and read “James W. McCleary Trail Mo. Jan. 26, 1952.” Reese said the bottle was in the upper two feet of the wall and that section appeared to have been poured at a later time than the original walls of the building. Research done by Carol Boykin of Cabool History Society found that in the 1940 census, James W. McCleary was 20 years old, a resident of Brush Creek in Douglas County. He was the oldest child of Benjamin Harrison and Mary Parsons McCleary and worked as a farm laborer.

News Article By: The Cabool Enterprise