An Eagle Scout project at an American Legion post in Sanger, California has led to the uncovering of a time capsule that was buried in 1923.
Christian Gonzalez, a senior at Sanger High School and a member of Scout Troop 223 contacted American Legion William Lee Netzer Post 23 Commander James JD Bennett to propose the project.
“It was a beautification project that would conform to water conservation measures in California, as well as install a pedestal with a bronze plaque in front of the flag pole,” wrote Bennett.
Christian is the son of Post 23 member Army Lt. Col. Cesar Gonzalez of the 144th Fighter Squadron in Fresno.
According to Bennett, while Christian was jackhammering concrete around the post’s flag pole he spotted a metal box.
“Thinking it might be an electrical box he stopped and began chipping away with a hammer,” wrote Bennett. “What he found was a shocking surprise to him and members of American Legion Post 23 – a time capsule from June 14, 1923, when the post was chartered.”
All of the items were wrapped in plastic prior to being placed in the time capsule to help preserve their integrity. The time capsule was resealed and the concrete was poured to encapsulate it.
“Post 23 would like to extend our thanks to Christian for all of his hard work and congratulate him for the historical treasure find,” added Bennett.