Woman Tears Down Wall For Home Renovation. Inside It, She Discovers 142-Year-Old Newspaper

by Caralynn Lippo
Caralynn is a writer, native New Yorker, TV enthusiast, and dog mom to Hobbes.

Maria Leimuller and her fiancé Bill Schmidt were busy with home improvements when they made a discovery that left them in awe.

The Kenosha County couple was in the midst of renovating their home on July 16, 2017. Bill was stripping away layers of plaster from the living room walls and piling it up in the front yard.

“I’m peeling off layers and layers of this stuff,” Bill told Fox6.

“He had to remove all the wooden slats, and the insulation came out,” Maria added.

They didn’t expect to find anything, of course — who stores important things in their walls, anyway? But they soon discovered that behind the wall were wrinkled, weathered papers.

As it turned out, they were old newspapers — very old newspapers. It had been hanging up inside the wall, and it was clear that it had been put there purposely by a previous occupant. The date on the paper (a copy of the Kenosha Telegraph) said Thursday, November 5, 1874 — making Maria and Bill’s discovery 142 years old.

Maria was even able to make out some of the articles and advertisements. “I saw a White House story. It was President Grant, the 18th president,” Maria said. The couple also found pieces of other partial newspapers dated from early 1875, but those are not as intact as the 1874 newspaper.

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