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Seneca Co. Courthouse Time Capsule Opened:1-12

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Workers remove the cornerstone and time capsule from the Seneca County Courthouse during demolition of the building in Tiffin, Ohio.

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An excavator picks up the cornerstone, containing a time capsule.

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Workers remove the cornerstone and time capsule.

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An excavator carries the cornerstone.

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The cornerstone from the courthouse is placed in a trailer.

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Seneca County maintenance supervisor Jim Barth displays the crushed time capsule from the courthouse. Looking on is Seneca County administrator Stacy Wilson.

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Jim Barth displays the crushed time capsule.

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Jim Barth shows a crowd the time capsule.

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Barth carries the crushed time capsule.

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Jim Barth carries the crushed time capsule. Looking on is Jeff Wagner, Seneca County commissioner.

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Barth opens the time capsule. The capsule was taken to a county garage to be opened after it was crushed and partially opened during its removal from the courthouse. Stacy Wilson, county administrator, watches left.

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Barth removes documents from the time capsule.

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A cluster of people surround Barth, center, as he removes items from the time capsule. Surrounding Barth from left are Nicole Smith, clerk to the board of commissioners, commissioner Jeff Wagner, county administrator Stacy Wilson, John Huss, a local historian, Lisa Swickard, a local historian, Gary Dunsmore, courthouse supporter, and Mark Steinmetz, Seneca County Historical Society trustee.

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Barth holds an 1884 almanac, removed from the time capsule.

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A letter from the Tiffin Edison Electric Illuminating Company.

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A George Ernest business card.

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A copy of the Seneca Advertiser and old coins.

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An 1884 Masonic Calendar.

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A letter from the Presbyterian Church of Tiffin.

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An official City of Tiffin directory.

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An 1883 Seneca County Fair premium list.

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An 1883 Seneca County Fair premium list. Seen is an advertisement on the back of the premium list.

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A Grand Army of the Republic ribbon.

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A Grand Army of the Republic ribbon.

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Items, including a business card, top, removed from the crushed time capsule.

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Barth dusts off an old book, Lang's History of Seneca County.

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Frank Quinn, associate director of revitalization for Heritage Ohio, watches the demolition.

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Thomas Palmer, executive director of Preservation Ohio, watches the demolition.

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Demolition continues on day four.

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An excavator tears at the walls of the courthouse.

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Another piece of demolition equipment arrives at the courthouse.

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Workers from B&B Wrecking drape their broken crane with plastic, so they can be protected from the elements while making repairs.

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The demolition continues to draw spectators.

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