Diver Finds Message in a Bottle from 1926 and Reunites Note with Late Writer’s Daughter

While scuba diving in Michigan earlier this month, Jennifer Dowker found a treasure.

A small, green glass bottle with a piece of paper rolled up inside was sitting at the bottom of the Cheboygan River — just underneath Dowker’s glass-bottom boat.

“I thought, ‘A message in a bottle? Cool!'” Dowker, 45, told The Washington Post.

She then called out to her part-time employee, Rob Hemmer, who also works at a nearby local history museum.

“Rob picked the broken cork out of the bottle with his jackknife and dumped out the water, then we carefully got the note out,” she said. “It was wet, and we were surprised to find that we could still read it.”

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