NORTH ROYALTON – The community gathered together to watch as history was made.

On Oct. 27, North Royalton had a date with history.

On the city’s 200th birthday, a time capsule, donated for the occasion by Jim Busch, Mark Busch and Bill Babitt of Busch Funeral and Crematory Services, was filled with items from today to be opened by the residents of tomorrow in 50 years from now.

Representatives from each of the city’s clubs, civic groups and newspapers contributed items.

For many, it was joyous yet sobering, knowing that many of those gathered for this once-in-a-lifetime experience will not be here when the capsule is opened on the sestercentennial.

“I’m putting in a picture of my granddaughters. I hope they will be here for the opening in 50 years. Maybe they can push me up in my wheelchair, we’ll see how that goes,” Stefanik, 63, chuckled.

“This is a little like a funeral in advance,” Nicholas Phillips, director of the Community Emergency Response Team, thought aloud. “I know I won’t be here when it’s opened. Hopefully my grandchildren will know about it and come up and take a look.”

At just 19, Anton Krieger is the youngest member of the North Royalton Historical Society, so he realized he would likely be leading the time capsule’s opening in 50 years.

“That will be my role,” he smiled.

Bev Phiel, secretary of the North Royalton Historical Society, has lived in North Royalton 72 years and said she was there for the sesquicentennial time capsule, buried in the ‘60s.

“And now I get to enjoy the next 50-year celebration,” she said, referring to the bicentennial. Unfortunately, not long after it was buried in 1969, it had to be unearthed and relocated and was never found this year.

Someone even made a joke about not losing the latest one.

“We have GPS coordinates,” Ward 3 Councilman Langshaw, a North Royalton Historical Society member, said. “We’re not going to lose this one.”

“I hope my grandchildren will be present when this is opened because they live here in North Royalton. Nothing is the same in 50 years,” Phiel said, thinking ahead to the capsule’s opening years from now. “It’s not the same as it was in 1968 to now. But I hope this is still a community that looks after each other.”

Eve Kolbus is another longtime resident.

“I think this is a great occasion to celebrate 200 years for the city, and boy, has it grown. I have been here 50 years and can’t believe the difference but it’s all for the good,” she said.

Many of the clubs put in current information and keepsakes about their group, like the North Royalton Garden Club, the North Royalton Kiwanis Club.

School Board member Heidi Dolezal, on behalf of the schools, put in a current copy of the district’s Quality Profile as well as keepsakes like pencils and shirts from each of the five schools.

Ward 4 Councilman Paul Marnecheck thought outside the box and wrote a letter to whomever holds his seat in 50 years.

“I included some of the projects we are working on so that person can say, ‘yeah we got that done’ or ‘nope still working on it,’” he said.

The North Royalton Historical Society put in a bicentennial shirt and pennant and a nod to the past with a sesquicentennial coin.

The very last item to be included, which will be the very first item removed when the capsule is next opened, was a bible from Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church.

“I think that’s very fitting,” the mayor said, placing it in.

The capsule was then sealed, placed into the ground and guests had a chance to shovel dirt on top. Its resting place is marked with engraved bricks in the memorial brick section of the North Royalton Historical Society house on Ridge Road.

Langshaw’s oldest son Henry, 11, said he wants to be there when the capsule is opened in 2068.

“It was cool to be a part of history with my dad,” he said. “I hope to come back in 50 years, with my little brother Derek and my dad, to be there when the time capsule is opened.”