The Hotel Bothwell is currently in the process of adding a spa to their facility, which will open in November, and Ivory Grille Restaurant and Lounge Manager Betty Fore took it upon herself to add a piece of history to the project. Fore gathered multiple items to add to a time capsule, which was placed inside the northwest wall of the soon to be completed hydro-therapy room.
Fore has been the manager at Ivory Grille for the past three years and she has enjoyed learning the history of Hotel Bothwell and the downtown area as a whole.
“I probably could have been a historian in another time,” Fore said.
Fore was asked how she came up with the idea of adding a time capsule to the construction efforts.
“I thought it would be neat to put one in the hotel. I’ve always been interested in the history of the hotel. People have dropped off pictures of the former Palm Room from 1937 and 1946.
“We gathered up a bunch of stuff and put it in there. I thought it would be neat of 100 years from now someone might find it. I thought it would be interesting to put some of our stuff from now in the capsule,” Fore said.
Some of the items that were placed in the capsule included an Ivory Grille hat, mug and pens. Also placed in the capsule were a catering menu, dining room menu, a food bill from suppliers, a work and tip report from the servers, a history of Hotel Bothwell, holiday brunch menus, catering contracts for parties, a visitor’s guide of Sedalia, a limousine service flyer for a 1930 Chrysler, a Hotel Bothwell Happenings brochure, photos of servers with their names on them, Ivory Grille golf balls and a 2013 Missouri State Fair Brochure.
Fore was asked if the Furnells were supportive of the idea to add a time capsule.
“I showed David everything, because I want to get permission and he told me to have fun with it,” Fore said with a smile. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.