Diver Finds Message in a Bottle From 1926 and Reunites Note With Writer’s Daughter

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The year is 1926. It’s the peak of the Roaring Twenties. The first successful liquid fuel rocket was launched by Robert Goddard. Henry Ford announced the 40 hour work week. Harry Houdini died. And Al Capone’s turf war in Chicago was at an all time high.

The Wall Street Crash, the Great Depression, World War Two, and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, were unheard of and unimaginable.

This story is one of true fascination. It’s the story of a young man who on his birthday in 1926, placed a message inside a glass bottle, and threw it into a nearby river.

The youngster watched the bottle float into the distance wondering if he’d ever see it again.

The bottle wasn’t found. At least not in his lifetime. It was found however 95 years later when Jennifer Dowker, who captains Michigan-based Nautical North Family Adventures, spotted the curious looking bottle on the riverbed.

It was the bottle’s unusual antique shape and green glass that first caught Dowker’s eye. However on closer inspection, Dowker realized there was something else far more interesting inside. Though damaged and slightly water-logged, she and her crew found there was a note inside and miraculously the note inside the bottle had survived almost 100 years in the water.

But what exactly did the note say? Well, it read:

“Will the person who finds this bottle return this paper to George Morrow Cheboygan, Michigan and tell where it was found?”

Dowker shared the note to Facebook searching for anyone with more information, and word spread like wildfire.

With more than 100,000 shares and 6,000 comments later, one reader was eventually able to locate Morrow’s daughter, Michele Primeau to tell her the story and give her Dowker’s contact information.

Morrow sadly passed away in 1995, however his daughter recognized her father’s handwriting. She added that her father sending a message in a bottle was something that he would definitely do, saying he had a habit of secreting small notes away in unlikely places.

Primeau told CNN:

“I can just see him going out and doing that because it was his birthday. I don’t know for sure. But it just sounds like something he would have done.”

Dowker was going to give Primeau the message in the bottle back to her as its rightful owner, however Primeau claimed she wanted Dowker to keep it as it was a better way of preserving her father’s memory.

The note itself was actually found on father’s day weekend and Primeau claims the finding of the note brought back an abundance of very happy memories.