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Time Capsule Letter From A Senior

June 22, 2016
BY CHUCK CLEGG - Columnist , Wetzel Chronicle

The Wetzel County Time Capsule project is coming together and more people are showing interest in having their words placed inside. The intention of the Time Capsule Project is to give the citizens of our county the opportunity to send a letter forward in time 100 years. The organizers invite you to write to your great-great-grandchildren, telling them of their family today. Some are writing to tell that future generations about our lives in 2016. Whatever you would like to tell the future, you are invited to be part of this historic project. Remember, all letters, pictures and items become the property of the project and will be open to the public in the year 2116. Due to the limited space, the committee asks that letters be no more than 500 words. Any pictures submitted must be copies of the original. Please do not send original pictures.

This week our time capsule letter comes from a young man who recently graduated from Paden City High School. His words and thoughts will be a link from the class of 2016 to the future class of 2116.

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Dear Citizens of these Great United States,

On behalf of the Paden City High School student body and the graduating class of 2016, I Samuel Warren Price, am writing this letter to not only talk of our history, but I would like to encourage you to continue striving for goals that we have so longed to achieve.

100 years should have passed since I wrote this letter, so I would assume that the world you live in today is quite different than the one my classmates and I grew up in, but I hope that time has not caused Wetzel County to completely change. I hope Paden City High School is still opened today, but I fear as our school size shrinks that the day will come when it will be no more. If that is the case and you have no idea what I am talking about, then allow me to explain what it was. Paden City High School started as a decent sized school built in 1951 at 201 N 4th Avenue in Paden City, West Virginia. The community came together to not only build, they also paid to have this school built. My grandfather, Warren Lee Price, was the president of the very first group of students to graduate from that great school, however, before my father got the chance to attend that great school, a tragic fire destroyed the majority of the structure. Instead of shipping the high school students off to either New Martinsville (to the north) or Sistersville (to the South) students had classes in different church buildings across town. Eventually a new school was built (once again thanks to the help of the community). My father then was able to graduate from Paden High City School. Although many of our sports teams were successful through the years, the Band has received more rewards than all the sports combined. The Paden City High School Marching Band was ranked in the state and even nationally known through-out the years. The most successful band director our school has known was a man named Ed Hood who was able to take a school of about 400 to 500 students and form a band with around 200 members. Our marching and concert bands were legendary and to this day (in the year 2016) many people still remember the bands under the direction of Mr. Ross Ed Hood. Our school struggled to stay open through the year's 2008 - 2009. But, the community rose up once again to keep our school alive. Thanks to their support, my class and I were able to graduate from Paden City High School. It may not seem very special to you, but to us, it means everything. Thanks to the tremendous support from past alumni and the community, I got to become the president of my class just like my grandfather had done before me.

What is the state of your community today? Who is the president? Do us a favor and find out who the winner of the 2016 Presidential election. It's hard to believe that a billionaire named Donald Trump is leading the Republican Party right now. Our current President is Barack Obama, the first African- American President of the United States. He is not the most popular guy around here, but he is still the President. Also, check the price of gasoline. Throughout our lives the price of gas per gallon has ranged from $1.49 to about $3.25. I know the trend is picking up momentum to convert cars into using electricity, so you may not use gas anymore. I also hope you all have disproved global warming. There are these crazy scientist that think the world is going to keep increasing average temperature. I think they forgot that the world isn't ours to control. Anyway I hope that the county my generation left for you is still running smoothly. Our Nation's debt at the moment is around 19.3 trillion dollars, so our generation has a lot of work to do to get it ready for you all. We also hope that the constitution still is being upheld as law. Recently there have been several attacks on it, so hopefully we will be able to secure your future. Although we are not in a civil war like the one started in 1861, but there are many of our fellow Americans who chose to hurt their brothers over political disagreements. We may not all agree on politics or on religious beliefs, but we all want peace. We hope that you all will continue to strive for peace in our nation. Work on making our country a better place to live. There are many countries that need our help, but until we fix our own problems, we cannot make a real difference.

Our final wish for you all is that every citizen in these United States has an opportunity to achieve their goals. Regardless of their culture, race, gender, or their physical state, everyone has the right to "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." We hope that you all will strive to uphold the constitution, unite the nation and continue to make a difference in your community. Our school allowed for anyone to participant in any sport and as many sports as he or she wanted, so the same should go in the workplace. May God continue to bless this nation and be with you all.

Sincerely, Samuel Warren Price.

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If individually, or as a member of a group or organizations you would like to have your words or thoughts placed in the time capsule, please type or print them and send them by e-mail or mail to the address listed below. The committee reserves the right as to all items that are to be placed into the capsule due to size limitations.

All articles must be received no later than July 15, 2016. Please send to: Wetzel County Time Capsule Project, 317 N. Main St. New Martinsville, 26155. Or you may e-mail them to wetzelcountytimecapsule@outlook.com

Time is passing and the capsule will soon be sealed for the next 100 years. If you are a citizen of Wetzel County, and you wish to be part of the project, please don't wait much longer. It may be the only way you can touch the future as we look Through the Lens.

 
 
 

 

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