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6 I The Lovell ChronicleI November 29, 2012 continued from page one the stone," he said. "We also drilled holes in the corner- stone every six inches at the top, middle and bottom." No dice. Remembering that Ma- sonic cornerstones are often laid in the northeast corner of the building, Simmons also excavated that area. Nothing. He also checked the .................... ............... southeast corner of the south-facing atrium, as well as the northwest and south .... ............................. west corners of the gym. No luck. During his recent search, Simmons contact- ed Emily Utt, Historic Sites Curator of the LDS Church History Dept. in Salt Lake City, and she provided some information on typical time capsule and cornerstone practices, noting that cor- nerstones were generally placed near the southeast corner of a building with the practice being to build the foundation but leave one stone out. A metal box filled with historical items was then placed in the hole and the remaining stone placed on top of it. More rare, she said, was to hollow out a stone and place the metal box inside. She said the cor- nerstone location was usu- ally marked and the box ac- cessible from the outside. Utt warned that corner- stone searching can be de- structive if the location isn't clearly marked. In answer to a follow- up question from Simmons, Utt noted that a glass bot- tle as a time capsule would be unusual but would work. Without detailed knowledge of the construction process, she said that the builders turned stones "like a Flem- ish bond in brick" for addi- tional strength and the bot- tle could have been placed between two header stones. Simmons replied that the footings were dug and the first row of stone was The location of the new time capsule in the log gym will be clearly marked with a metal plate made by Nick Sponsel. Notice the new log chinking as part of the renovation project under way. stone was then placed on top of that - probably hol- lowed out to accommodate the shape of the bottle. The only way you're going to find that bottle is to take apart the foundation. The damage you would cause to the building is probably not worth the value of the bot- tle or its contents." WHAT WAS FOUND While Simmons was unable to locate a time cap- sule, a number of interest- ing items were found under the floor at various places as it was taken up including log sections, a glove, a piece placed in the footing, which had only dirt in the bottom, and a second row of stones was placed on top of the first row, overlapping the joints. No mortar was used while laying the stones, though it appears that mortar and rock chips were pressed into the cracks after the founda- tion was in place. The first logs were then placed on top of the stone. "It seems pretty simple, but after 80 or so years it all appears pretty stable," he wrote. Replied Utt, "My guess is that the bottle was laid on top of the footings. A DAVID PECK PHOTOS Roland Simmons excavated the southeast interior corner of the Cowley Log Gym this fall hoping to solve the mystery of the lost time capsule. of a sectioned tape stick, a hammer, a five-foot buck saw, bolts, screws, nails, a Prince Albert tobacco can, an electrical insulator, part of a barrel, a pole hook, an oil can, a brass valve han- dle, an old chain, a spacer to hold logs apart, wood- en punches, coins, marbles and an Old Quaker whiskey bottle. NEW TIME CAPSULE Meanwhile, Simmons has been assembling items for a new time capsule to be buried in the southeast corner of the building and covered by a metal plate made by Nick Sponsel and accessible from the outside. Once in place, slurry will be poured from the back side, oozing through and holding the capsule in place. The capsule is to be placed to- day - Thursday, Nov. 29. Placed in the capsule will be various items in- cluding this newspaper ar- ticle, other newspaper ar- ticles, a set of 2012 coins donated by the Bank of Lovell, and a number of photographs of historical value, including a series of photos documenting the current renovation project. The photos will also in- clude current church offi- cials, a construction pho- to from 1935, a photo of a stake conference (held in the log gym from 1936 through 1950), a banquet photo from 1940, a 1959 aerial shot and photos of current Cowley commit- tees including the Pioneer Day Committee, the town council, recreation board and the beautification/tree board. This time the corner- stone will be document- ed and well marked. That way, a future Cowley In- diana Jones won't have to search so hard to find it. COWGIRL SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1ST 2 P.M. IN THE ARENA AUDITORIUM COWBOY BIISKETBIILL VS #1eCOLORRDO GOLD OUT! SflTURORY, DECEMBER 1ST 8 P.M. IN THE I]RENR Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, AFL-CIO