A time capsule surprise for house rehabbers

Two former high school athletes were in for a surprise when the house they were renovating contained a time capsule, and a callback to South Eugene Track and Field.

Posted: May 22, 2021 12:31 AM
Updated: May 22, 2021 12:32 AM

Eugene, Ore. -- Robert Grand and Shelly Kane rehab and rebuild homes in the area. And last week they decided that this old Bungalow needed a lot of work.

"A lot of times it's just better to go back to the studs, start over, get fresh plumbing, fresh electrical, nice insulation bring it all up to the modern code so that way the house is warm and inviting in the future," Robert explained.

But as crews were rehabbing the house they found something they didn't quite effect. Up by the fireplace chimney, a time capsule from 20 years ago and more.

"At first they just thought it was some weird papers," said Shelly Kane, CFO of Grand Property Management. I thought it was really fascinating that someone had the foresight of thinking that someone was going to find this down the road."

The two teenagers at the time, Raydeen and Josh Sumatri were runners at South Eugene. And have been in touch with Robert and Shelly now that their capsule has been found.

"I've never found anything like this in a house and we've done a lot of properties over the last few years so it's kind of a treat when you get to see something like that," said Robert.

"So much fun to be able to reach out to the both of them and that they are doing so well," Shelley echoed.

And yes, they plan to honor the capsule in the house.

"We're gonna take this and theme it with local athletes," Robert said "So we're gonna frame this stuff, put it on the wall and we're gonna find some local athlete stuff from the area and theme out the house kind of high school ish local athlete type thing."

"We're from a sports family so we absolutely loved that both letters really incorporated and encompassed athletics because that's where we came from," concluded Shelly.

Robert and Shelly plan to make the house into an AirBnB. And would love for Raydeen and Josh to come back the next time they're in Eugene to enjoy their old home. And then to open it up to guests as a time capsule of its own.

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