Bluewater Health opens time capsules from Sarnia General Hospital

Three capsules from different time periods give us a glimpse into the past

Pictured at the opening of time capsules from the former Sarnia General Hospital are, from left, Gfive members Alex Jongsma, Marty Raaymakers and Charlie Daily, Ron RealeSmith of the Sarnia Historical Society, Petrolia Mayor Brad Loosley, Bluewater Health CEO Mike Lapaine, MPP Bob Bailey, Give member Mark Lumley, and MP Marilyn Gladu.

The Bluewater Health community revisited the past recently with the official opening of three time capsules found in cornerstones of the former Sarnia General Hospital.

Members of GFIVE Inc., the developers who are repurposing the property, found and recovered the capsules from cornerstones from 1929 and 1952 when redeveloping the site.

Included in items revealed at a September 27 event were newspapers, coins and handwritten letters.

One of the time capsules dated from 1895, a year before the original hospital was opened. A second was set in place in 1929 after a new wing was added and a third capsule was erected on the original site.

Mark Lumley a local farmer and member of the development group, said his partners acknowledge the historical significance of Sarnia’s first hospital.

“(This is) probably the most historically significant community facility in the Sarnia-Lambton area,” said Lumley.

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