TOMAHAWK (WAOW) - A time capsule from 1937 that was recovered as old Sacred Heart Hospital got torn down contained more than a dozen items, most of them with religious overtones in recognition of the builders of the hospital, the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.
The capsule, which was opened Monday, included a list with the names of more than 20 nuns affiliated with the hospital on May 25, 1937, when the box was sealed and placed near a cornerstone in the then-new hospital, said Matt Thompson, a spokesman for Ministry Health Care, operators of a new hospital in town.
It's believed one of the nuns on the list is still alive, he said.
There was a Catholic newspaper from that day, featuring a story about the death of John D. Rockefeller, some pins with pictures of "religious folks," mini-statues, a penny, some pendants with faded pictures and a handwritten letter that was handled carefully, he said.
"Some things were brittle and fell apart, including possibly some pictures," Thompson said. "We don't know what was on the handwritten note. It will take awhile to decipher that."
Sister Lois Bush of Ministry Health Care in Weston will go through the items and decide what's next, Thompson said.
The Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother were founded in Rome in 1883 and include teachers, care-givers and counselors for “the sick, the poor, the young, the old and those in crisis,” according to its web site.