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Old Letter in a Bottle Discovered at Courthouse

(Michigan City, IN) - A piece of history has been recovered from the courthouse in Michigan City.  A letter in a bottle from 1968 was discovered last week during the ongoing renovation of the 1909 courthouse.


The letter reveals the courthouse was being remodeled then and how the employees having to work during the construction couldn’t wait for it to be over.  The letter, along with two other pages, are signed by the various county employees and city employees, since Michigan City City Hall was in the courthouse at the time.


La Porte County Councilman Mark Yagelski said the bottle was behind one of the walls being torn down in the courtroom of Superior Court 1 Judge Michael Bergerson.  He said the bottle was broken from the work occurring prior to its discovery and the letter was given to La Porte County Auditor, Joie Winski, for safe keeping until it’s accepted by the La Porte County Historical Society Museum.


Yagelski said the letter is in perfect shape from being sealed in the bottle for all of these years.

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