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Students open time capsule from Franklin Elementary in 1955

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Crews are working to build the third elementary school at Kane and Gilette Streets in north La Crosse.

The first Franklin Elementary School was built in 1887, however it was called Seventh Ward School.

The second in 1955.

When crews began demolishing that school this summer, they discovered a time capsule.

Students at Logan Middle School, some of whom attended Franklin last spring, opened that capsule on Tuesday.

Among items in the time capsule, the bid for building Franklin in 1955.  It said the school cost about $380,000 to build.  The new Northside Elementary is expected to cost $15 million.

"I think the coolest thing is the class list because we didn't have many names when we started. Now we have so many names to look through and see if we can find people," Paige Treakle, Sixth Grade Student said.

Paige's grandfather Richard Treakle was on one of those lists.

"We used to stomp out termites in the old school. We used to get a little time out when we were coming out for stomping on the termites," Richard said.

Richard was in fourth grade when the new school opened.

"I can remember Mrs. Mulkey was one of my main teachers," Richard said. "She was just a fantastic woman and Emma Erickson being principal, Ruby Stoker being cook of course."

Mrs. Margaret Miller was a teacher for 33-years.  She said she is glad they found the time capsule.

"Oh I think it's great. That's why I'm here today," Mrs. Miller said.

 Nancy Neumeister McMullin attended the first Franklin.

"We were envious of the kids right behind us that got to start in the new school," Nancy said.

She enjoyed seeing the old class pictures.

"It was like one big family then, everyone knew everyone on the north side."

Nancy hopes current students can enjoy a similar moment another 60 years down the road.

One thing this generation of students would like to put in the new time capsule not included in 1955 is electronics so when it's opened decades later they can get a feel for our modern technology.

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