Time Capsule from Westfield Elementary School Opened by Historical Society during Ceremony on May 17


WESTFIELD CENTER, Ohio, May 20, 2014 - Ever present rain and chilly temperatures weren't enough to way lay another historical event in the life of Westfield Center. A crowd of more than 140 people gathered at Westfield Park Circle to witness Sara Tester, hospitality services leader, Westfield Insurance, present the time capsule from Westfield Elementary School to Anita Weaver, president of the Westfield Center Historical Society.

The crowd wasn't disappointed as a trove of historical documents was revealed during the 45 minute ceremony. Included in cache were a variety of photographs of the building, blueprints from the school, official documents for the Village of Leroy, including financial statements, a list of all students enrolled, several local newspapers, and the 1921 directory of the Seville Masonic Lodge.

Also discovered was the newspaper article, employee newsletter and program bulletin detailing the 75th anniversary celebration of the Ohio Farmers Insurance Company, parent company of Westfield Insurance.

The time capsule was found inside the 1923 cornerstone when the 90 year-old-building was raised earlier this year. Westfield Insurance purchased the building from Cloverleaf Schools late last year and donated the time capsule and cornerstone to Westfield Center Historical Society. Westfield Insurance also reclaimed and donated 1,000 bricks from the school for the Historical Society to sell.

The entire contents of the time capsule will be on display at the village hall and more information is available by contacting the Westfield Center Historical Society at (330) 242-0976.

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