Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The strange story about Denton’s forgotten time capsule
It was supposed to be opened September 12, 2012, but after that didn't happen, a series of comedic events have still kept it closed.
DENTON At 12:01 a.m. September 13, more than 40 Dentonites applauded musician Glen Farris as he strolled up Hickory Street toward Locust.
He reached the intersection where the Wells Fargo building towered over a plaque that read: “First State Bank Time Capsule Buried September 12, 1992, To Be Opened September 12, 2012, Our 100th Anniversary.”
Some participants held “free the capsule” signs, and city councilman Kevin Roden made a solemn speech commemorating the day Denton did not open its time capsule.
“Because of the level of which people are involved and present in the community, this doesn’t surprise me,” Farris said. “I’ve never seen people in other places come together like this. The absurdity and theatrics that happen day to day in this town cracks me up.”
In the early morning, a week after the midnight celebration, a crew of workers from Floyd Smith Concrete Company, contracted by the city, jackhammered PVC tube out of the ground beneath the dated plaque.
An hour and a half later, the city’s street manager whisked the capsule to Assistant City Manager Howard Martin’s office for safekeeping.
“The time capsule was not put in by the city of Denton,” Martin said. “There are a lot of blogs and misinformation about the sequence of events, but there were only two people involved. The time capsule is the property of First State Bank.”
On September 6, a former First State Bank employee contacted Martin about opening the capsule.
The employee, who chose not to be identified, asked Martin to hold out on excavating the capsule so that there would be time to plan a ceremony, Martin said.
Wells Fargo Inc., which bought First State Bank in 2001, now occupies the original building and is currently in possession of the capsule. Representatives from Wells Fargo declined to comment.
“The day after I was contacted by the former employee, someone from Wells Fargo called and asked why I was giving the capsule to someone else,” Martin said. “It was because no one else asked. I gave them the employee’s contact information and let them work out their own deal.”
While former First State Bank employees are discussing a reunion to open the capsule and view the contents, there is no decided date.
Prior to the capsule being dug up, Farris and other participants who commemorated the day Denton “forgot” to open its time capsule planned to fight to allow the capsule to stay in the ground and celebrate the occasion each year.
“There was a wide spectrum of the community there to support the eternal entombment of the capsule,” Farris said. “If it’s not opened on the 12th, it should never be opened. But this is just a way for us to come together and be present in each other’s lives. I discovered this merciful, funny gift of comedy to come together over. This encapsulates Denton.”
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