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Pythian Sisters home's time capsule opened

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    A time capsule from 1914 found at the site of the demolished Pythian Sisters home on Huntington Street in Medina contained a photo of the home's construction and a business card.

    ANNIE RYAN HYRA / SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

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    A photo of Sophia Huntington Parker is at the Medina County Historical Society. She was the inspiration for the building of the recently demolished Pythian Sisters home on Huntington Street.

    ANNIE RYAN HYRA / SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

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    A Medina Sentinel newspaper from Oct. 2, 1914, was included in a time capsule found at the recently demolished Pythian Sisters home on Huntington Street in Medina.

    ANNIE RYAN HYRA / SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

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    Shown are some of the contents of a time capsule found at the demolished Pythian Sisters home on Huntington Street in Medina. The capsule was opened Saturday by officials from the Medina County Historical Society.

    ANNIE RYAN HYRA / SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

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    A document from the National Veterans' Women of America group was found in a time capsule Saturday by the Medina County Historical Society.

    ANNIE RYAN HYRA / SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

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    Medina County Historical Society president Brian Feron is shown with contents of a time capsule from 1914 that was opened Saturday.

    ANNIE RYAN HYRA / SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

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MEDINA — The big question Saturday was, “What is in that time capsule?”

Ted Clingan, of Allsite Construction, brought a time capsule from the more than 100-year-old Pythian Sisters home on Huntington Street in Medina to the Medina County Historical Society museum Saturday for the community to view.

Contractors recently found the time capsule while tearing down the former home for the elderly and donated it to the historical society.

Medina County Probate Court Judge Kevin Dunn was on hand to make sure the excavation and transfer were recorded correctly.

Doug Eastwood, of Medina Excavating, and curious residents who had heard of the finding also were in attendance.

Some residents said they were sad the building, which had remained vacant and unused for years, was leveled.

Brian Feron, president of the historical society, said he understood those feelings.

“Well, sure, it had been a landmark, but it was dormant,” he said. “It was built to be fireproof, with lots of air and sunlit passages. It was a very well-constructed building.”

Feron said the historical society already had some Pythian Sisters items, so it made sense for it to document the time capsule, too.

Among the items found inside:

  • Copies of The Medina County Gazette and The Medina Sentinel;
  • A document that appears to be from The National Veterans’ Women of America;
  • A Pythian Sisters pendant and several coins;
  • A business card from Pythian Sister Ruth A. Arnold;
  • Other documents that had not survived time.

Feron said, “There was some type of picture affixed to the bottom of the box that we can’t make out.”

The Pythian Sisters’ home was built in 1914 by members of the Pythian Sisters women’s organization and was an idea born at the bequest of Sophia Huntington Parker, who wanted it to be used for elderly women in need of care and a place to stay.

The Order of Pythian Sisters was founded in Warsaw, Ind., in 1888 by Joseph Addison Hill of Greencastle, Ind. The organization still exists and is engaged in altruistic efforts with no political agenda.

The Pythian Sisters bought the land because they believed it would benefit the city of Medina.

The building was heralded as one of Medina’s noteworthy institutions in June 1916 and became known for its warm, welcoming atmosphere. Sold in 2008, it was regarded as one of Medina’s most historical and most memorable homes for the elderly.

The land will again be used for housing.

Clover Communities of Buffalo, N.Y., acquired the property and will build an assisted-living facility there. An apartment complex for residents age 55 and older recently was constructed nearby.

Messages may be left for Annie Ryan Hyra at (330) 721-4065.



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