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City of Eunice celebrates 125th birthday with opening of time capsule

Posted at 7:30 PM, Sep 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-15 00:03:00-04

EUNICE — The city of Eunice is celebrating its 125th birthday, called a Quasquicentennial, and an event was held today to celebrate this milestone.

Every 25 years a time capsule is reopened. The day was not only was a historic moment for the city but for one resident.

It's a trip back in time to 1994.

"You don't know what was inside of it, it's an uncertainty of what was buried 25 years ago," Mayor Scott Fontenot said.

The mayor was 12 years old when the capsule was buried in 1994, making today special.

"I didn't think I would be mayor, but I am today so it was really neat," Mayor Fontenot said.

For one man in attendance, it's a moment he's anticipated since he was 10, knowing his late grandfather left him a letter in there.

He says, though, he wasn't too sure.

"He'd remind me every so often that there was something in there for me, and it seemed so far away. The day finally came, I'm just so excited," Adam Gustin said.

Gustin's grandfather passed away two years ago. The letter starts out saying, 'Well, Pa-Pa is ninety years old now. Hope I'm still around when you open this.'

"He hopes he's still around.. But don't forget he's looking through the clouds," Gustin reads out loud.

With the letter, a newspaper clipping reminding Gustin of the time he helped saved his friend from drowning when he was a child.

"I got a letter from President Bill Clinton, and that's what this is. I haven't seen the one I have in a while so it's neat to see this again."

Also included in the time capsule were VHS tapes and cassettes.

The capsule has now become a tradition for the city. It started in 1970 as part of the 75th anniversary for Eunice. Now every 25 years a capsule will be opened, more contents will be added, and the capsule will be put underneath the first oak tree on Park Avenue.

"Well hey if I'm still mayor, I'll be very thankful, hopefully I'll still be around and we can have the same kind of celebration, maybe even bigger and better," Mayor Fontenot added.