Unlocking the Mysteries of the Message in the Bottle


We knew we had something special with this
building. College Hall being one of the original buildings,
it’s the iconic representation of Montclair State University for us. And then there’s the note, a note that was
carefully placed and preserved inside a void in the wall. I was roughly right about here and I went
through the wall and I heard glass breaking, and then I found the note and that’s when
I read the note and I looked at the date and I said, “July 3rd, 1907? This is 2019.” I’m like, this is 112 years old. So, we had the help of a family historian
who had this incredible carefully organized album of records and photos. We used census data, city directories and
newspaper clippings. That’s what makes a mystery intriguing and
interesting when you can start to put the pieces together with documentation and things
like that. Back then blood, sweat and tears went into
building this wall, and sweat, and then when we found the bottle, a little bit of tears
were shed when we found it. Finding their families has been a tremendous
lesson on the interest in genealogy. Really? So, you found a granddaughter who lives in
Florida. Knowing that we’ve actually located some of
the descendants, we’re preparing to show that note, because we think it is part of our history. Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith
based on the overwhelming documentation that you have available to you. The bricklayers literally built a foundation
for higher education at Montclair State University and are now written into its history. Finding their families just proved to be an
irresistible treasure hunt.

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