MONTGOMERY - The borough held it's "opening ceremony" at the end of its 125th anniversary, or "quasquicentennial," celebration rather than at the beginning of it.
In the borough's case, the ceremony was the opening of a time capsule - actually a plastic tote - created 25 years ago following its centennial celebration.
A large number of residents were on hand at the fire company carnival grounds as Doug Snyder, borough Historical Society president and quasquicentennial committee chairman; his wife, Renee; and Dennis Gruver, borough EMS coordinator, opened the tote and began removing its contents.
Veterans lead the way during the Montgomery Quasquicentennial Parade Saturday.
Many of the items were artifacts from the centennial, including a commemorative "shingle" created by borough residents Dean and Elizabeth Gruver. The shingles were sold for $1 and were used to help pay for the centennial, Snyder said. Other items included a bonnet and apron, banner and plates containing the centennial logo.
It also contained two cassette tapes of music from centennial church services, a check book from a now-defunct bank, newspaper clippings, an edition of the former borough newspaper and a Grumman Postal Service vehicle cutout.
The oddest item in the tote was a rubber chicken, the significance of which was not fully explained.
The time capsule opening capped a three-day celebration that included a parade, chicken barbecue, classic car show, live music and contests for best business display, oldest resident, longest resident and family living longest in the same house.
Contest winners included Audrie's Shear Vintage for best business display. The oldest resident was Hazell Stover Bartlett, who was 97, having been born on Sept. 8, 1914. Bartlett was on hand with family and friends.
Eileen Kreppenneck accepted the award for longest residency on behalf of her mother Helen Barto Kreppenneck, 96, who was born in the area on Nov. 3, 1915.
Frances Ann Hall was recognized for being from the family living in the same house the longest. She is the sixth generation living in her house "and has the deeds to prove it," Snyder said.
A highlight of the weekend was the grand opening of the Historical Society's museum, which is on West Houston Street under the former bank, which now is the borough library.
A presentation was given by resident Marion McCormick, who discussed the history of the museum's location.
The site formerly was a wooden building used for retail. It was home to the Montgomery Mirror newspaper. When it went out of publication following the publisher's arrest for fraud, it became the Adam Print Shop, which was owned and operated by John Adam and his family for 65 years.
The museum contains photographs, military uniforms, posters and other artifacts from the borough's history.
According to Snyder, the borough was named after a wealthy farmer and landowner - Robert Montgomery. Montgomery granted a railroad land on which to build a train station. The station was named "Montgomery Stations" as was a local Post Office. Montgomery's name was given to the borough upon its incorporation in March 1887, he said.
Dr. Alem Price Hull was the borough's first mayor, he said.
Borough Mayor Andrew Onufrak said he was proud to be mayor during the borough's 125th-year milestone.
The borough has seen many changes over the years and has endured economic ebbs and flows, but it continues to evolve and move forward because its residents are caring and sincere, he said.
"The borough matters to them," he said. "They have ownership of their community."