On April 22, 1913, the time capsule was buried by the Governor of Oklahoma and a large crowd in the basement of the First English Lutheran Church in Oklahoma City with an official ceremony. Dubbed a “century chest,” the contents were guarded by the congregation of the church for exactly 100 years. On April 22, 1913 the Lutheran Church teamed up with the Oklahoma History Center to unearth, document, and preserve the treasures within.
1. A ladies’ hat.
2. Kerr dry goods.
3. Package for the history center.
To the Art Museum of 2013
4. Landscape painting.
Artist: Nettie Shepherd
5. Package for the Modern Classics Club.
From the Modern Classics Club of
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
April 22nd, A.D., 1913
To the Modern Classics Club of Oklahoma City
in the year A.D., 2013, if such a club there be,
and if it be the continuation of the
Modern Classics Club Oklahoma City
of the year A.D., 1913, or
To some other institution, if there be, into which
said Modern Classics Club shall have merged, or
if none such organization exists,
To the Leading Social and Literary Club or Organization [in]
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the year
6. Book of Chickasaw laws.
7. Oklahoma’s first state flag.
8. Pioneer brand desk telephone.
9. 1913 Kodak camera model wrapped in paper.
10. Recorded gramophone messages.
11. Thomas Edison brand gramophone.
12. Pastor Newton Heisler Royer.
13. Mens’ dress shoes.
Shoes - Spring of 1913 - Retailing at $5.00
Mellon Dry Goods Co.
14. A Native American beaded garter.
15. A letter from the Carver Chiropractic College.
The Carver Chiropractic College and Class of 1913 deposits,
1. Carver Chiropractic Analysis
a ______ Book
2. Chiropractic Record
3. The Red Book
a brief _______
with the following messages
a. The Book is to be placed inside the glass case in which [rests]
the skeleton of Dr. Williard Carne with appropriate _____ and history.
Carver Chiropractic College
b. To our Friends of 2013
Love and greetings! may this book, the first that expressed the science
of Chiropractics, which is so universally your system, be read by you with pleasure
and interest. It is donated and inscribed by the author, the Dean of the CarverChiropractic College, and by the Class of 1913 with warmest love and good wishes.
16. A wax sealed letter.
17. Quality coffee.
18. The Oklahoma Red Book.
19. A gentleman’s suit.
20. University of Oklahoma
The paper beneath if reads:
University of Oklahoma
General Catalogue 1911-1912
with announcement of 1912 and 1913.
21. Bundles of letters.
The top letter reads:
To the direct descendants of John M. and Carrie X. Sherk
To be opened by the oldest male heir present at the opening of the chest.
22. The Lutheran Almanac for 1912.
23. Chickasaw Nation seal.
Painted by Julia Chishohm Davenport
1/4 Chickasaw Indian, a niece of Gov. W.H. Johnson of the Chickasaw Nation.
24. Pottery made from Oklahoma clay.
26. Pen used by President McKinley.
Pen with which President McKinley signed the “Free Holmes Bill” for Oklahoma.
Gift of Mrs. Dennis Flynn, wife of Dennis T. Flynn, ten years our delegate to Congress during our Territorial days.
27. A ladies’ dress
28. A copy of The Daily Oklahoman.
29. A map of Oklahoma City.
30. Oklahoma State Fair first prize in 1912.
31. Latest in ladies’ fashion.