A Seemingly Routine Renovation
Nearly four decades after his wife’s death, Arizona resident Bruce Klug received perhaps the best gift any spouse could give after their death. When their 1950s home was remodeled, the contractors discovered something that they’ll never soon forget.
Ready For Demolition
The project was going like any other project the team had worked on, until they delved into the bedroom wall.
Hidden Under Debris
Appearing as something completely ordinary, it wasn’t until closer inspection that they found out what it was. “It was on the floor over there with a pile of insulation,” John Murray told KPNX 12 News. “We’ve done hundreds of houses but never found anything like this.”
I’m sure contractors uncover all kinds of meaningless junk of every kind while exploring pockets and corners, but John and his team was fortunate enough to find an actual time capsule, with aged photos and completed hand-written letters.
Letters From Past Times
Dated September 27, 1966, the letter illustrated life in that time period and the author’s desire to see the future shaped into something grander. Clearly the author knew the period well, as it contained much reflection and pondering on current times.
Vietnam, Racism, And The Beatles
The letter covered topics from the Vietnam War to racial tension (and the desire to have love and truth prevail) to hair styles spawned from the Beatles.
It’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
The letter focused less on current trends and more on politics and current issues. This segment of the letter talks about life in the neighborhood.
At this point in time, Lyndon B. Johnson was the United States president. This segment expresses the author’s wish to have the Republicans in office by the time the capsule is discovered. Doubtless they would have been pleased with the 2016 election had they lived to see it.
The Author’s Identification
This photograph revealed the identity of the author as none other than Betty Klug, Bruce’s dearly departed. 33 years old at the time of the photograph, Betty brought up their two children in that very same home.
Naturally, the contractors were curious about this woman who tried to preserve a part of her time period. Sadly, though, they discovered that Betty died in a car crash at the age of 43, merely a decade after stashing away her time capsule.
John used local news station KPNX 12 to find out if Betty had any living relatives. To their amazement, they discovered that Betty’s husband only lived about 15 miles away. The information concerning the time capsule came as quite a shock for him.
A bewildered Bruce looked over the cherished relics of his wife’s existence, nearly brought to tears when reflecting on his beloved spouse. It had been almost four decades since her tragic passing. “We had the best marriage,” he told the news network. “Not once did we argue about anything.”
The 79 year old man had been in a retirement home for the last 10 years. All of this new-found information really caused him to reflect on their times together in that old home. So many memories had been formed there, and they all came flooding into Bruce’s mind simultaneously.
Memoirs Of A Loving Wife
Politics weren’t the only thing Betty included in her letters. Her memoir contained years of cherished memories with the two of them and their children. It even outlined the park where the two first met. Bruce managed to smile while being reduced to tears.
Bruce was reminded of his wife’s sudden passing. “I don’t know how I did it. Went back to work within a week.”
Moral Of The Story
After the tears and saddening memories, Bruce managed to smile. He remembered all the wonderful times he and his wife shared together. Less interested in the politics, the aged man urged people to value the ones they love.
John Murray expressed how truly amazing the whole experience turned out to be. “I just think I’m gonna value things a little differently now.” Bruce was very thankful to John for bringing him the time capsule and the fond memories they brought him.
Meanwhile In Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio was also host to a newly-discovered remnant of the past. A 35 year old DIY remodeler and his wife decided to let the professionals handle this more extensive task. When they eventually made their way down into the basement, they discovered something quite extraordinary.
Rewards Through Difficulty
After finding chalk drawings on the inner wall (some even resembling Nazi swastikas), the team began on the ceiling. Removing a ceiling is anything but simple (especially as a DIY project), but the task proved to be very rewarding indeed.
Tucked Away Secrets
Wedged in between a pipe and a truss was a suitcase, a curious thing to find in a ceiling in a home from the 1940s. Was it empty or just used to store meaningless junk?
The suitcase was fairly heavy, so it definitely wasn’t empty. Now it was too much to handle. The man quickly found his wife so they could open it together.
“Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With(out) String”
The inside of the suitcase revealed some obscure objects wrapped in old paper. The couple prepared themselves for disappointment, despite their initial excitement.
A Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper was found inside, dated March 25, 1951. 1951!
Could It Be?
At this point, anybody seeing this would have their hearts start beating. Could the cash be genuine or just fake? Surely no one would place fake currency inside a well-hidden suitcase, right?
A Few Jacksons. . .
The first package revealed dozens of $20 bills! “This kind of stuff doesn’t happen to normal people like us! Where are the cameras!” But would they be as fortunate with the rest of the cash?
. . . And Some Grants and Franklins!
Unfortunately, the 2nd package didn’t have any twenties. It had fifties and hundreds! The couple were absolutely ecstatic at this momentous discovery.
Quite A Bit Of Cash
After unpacking everything else, the entire total cash came out to $23,000! Some of the bills were very rare, ranging from 1928-43.
But Wait, There’s More
One week after their bewildering find, the couple still had to finish the renovation (though they were probably less concerned with the expense now). Their initial excitement about the suitcase was re-lived when they discovered a 2nd suitcase!
This One Is Heavier
The 2nd suitcase was even heavier than the first. More cash? Or maybe their luck would run out and this one would just contain some trinkets. He’d have to wait for his wife to come home to find out.
Packed To The Max
As soon as she came home, the couple broke into it. They instantly realized why the case was heavier than the first. It was packed so tightly with bills that you wouldn’t be able to squeeze anything else into it. Perhaps the first case they found was merely the cash that couldn’t fit in this one.
All In All
The final amount of free money the couple received? $45,000! Very sensibly, the couple decided to put that extra dough into their mortgage. “This was a wild ride for us and we hope you all enjoyed it too,” the couple said in a statement they released. Fortunately this happened to a very modest couple who actually put it to good use.