In celebration of Leitchfield’s 150th birthday, as well as a tribute to its more than 100 years of history, Leitchfield Deposit Bank this week took a literal page from yesteryear and opened a time capsule buried in 1985.
Established in 1897, Leitchfield Deposit Bank decided to open the time capsule on Wednesday, April 13—instead of its original intended opening year, 2050—before finalizing its merger with The Cecilian Bank next month, as well as in honor of the City of Leitchfield’s 150th anniversary.
“This is a very important occasion for the City of Leitchfield, Leitchfield Deposit Bank, and The Cecilian Bank,” said Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason prior to the capsule opening.
The contents of the time capsule were provided by Joe Whittle, Earl Glenn, Jodie Hall, and Duvall Morrison.
Whittle, the last surviving contributor to the time capsule, attended the opening and said he felt humbled to be back in Grayson County for the occasion.
The time capsule featured printed documents and statements from its contributors, as well as information about the Kentucky State Fiddle Championship, Leitchfield Deposit Bank in 1985, and photographs, among other items.
Whittle’s statement included his predictions for the year 2050, including, among other things, that at least 80 percent of homes would have personal computers in them capable of electronic mail and communications, and that the majority of individuals would have phones they could carry on their person.
Leitchfield Deposit Bank President and CEO Randy Paul recommended that the bank board of directors donate the items in the time capsule to the Grayson County Historical Society.
The merger of Leitchfield Deposit Bank with The Cecilian Bank is expected to go into effect the week of May 20.
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