06/12/2012 04:19 EDT | Updated 08/12/2012 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan Time Capsule: Old Photo Leads To Modern Mystery


REGINA - A peek into the past has sparked a modern mystery in Saskatchewan.

Provincial officials are trying to identify a man whose photograph was found in a time capsule that was encased in the wall of the Saskatchewan legislature.

"What we came upon after going through the time capsule contents is a picture of a gentlemen that we have no record of who he is," said Kevin Doherty, minister responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission.

"We have some theories as to who he might be. But what we're asking the people of Saskatchewan ... if they know who this gentleman might be, to perhaps contact us and let us know who he is, what his role was in the construction of the legislative building back in 1909 and any stories that they provide us with respect to him and his family and whatnot."

The capsule was opened last December to mark the building's 100th anniversary. The legislature officially opened in October 1912, although the time capsule was laid in 1909 during construction.

The items were put in the capsule by the governor general at the time, Earl Grey, and then-premier Walter Scott.

Doherty said officials think the man could be Franklin Joseph Robinson, a bureaucrat with the government at the time.

But no one is certain.

"I suppose we could all posit theories as to what might have happened here. But I suspect this gentleman might have put it in there after all the activities were done, the dignitaries had left and (he) said, 'Well, I want to be part of history as well,'" said Doherty.

"I don't know, and that's why we're asking the people if they have any ideas or theories or know this gentleman or are descendants of this gentleman's family to come forward and maybe they know exactly what took place back then."

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