Stephane Gaudette, a history teacher in Timmins, Ontario, Canada recently got more than he bargained for when he opened a box of Frosted Flakes at the breakfast table with his children. What he found inside the box on the plastic bag containing the cereal was a message written in black marker and dated December 4, 2014. It read:
"This is the very last bag of Canadian cereal for the Canadian market from Kellogg's London, Ontario Plant."
Beneath the message were the signatures of three men. The message writers were dealing with an era of their lives that had come to an end. The Kellogg's factory for which they worked was closed on December 21, 2014 after being in operation for 107 years. Mike Cascadden, the man behind one of the signatures under the message, had the idea to write it because he said the factory was "in his DNA." Cascadden told the London Free Press that his family had spent a combined 184 years of their working lives at the plant: 30 years for his grandfather, 38 years for his father, 32 years for his aunt, 20 years for his son and 24 years himself.
Gaudette didn't take Cascadden's message lightly. He recognized its significance in the history of London, Ontario. Gaudette said,
“It’s kind of ironic it falls into the hands of a high school history teacher. It's a great history lesson.”
See a video and read more about Gaudette's find, including the fate of both the box and the factory, at the London Free Press.
Via The Daily What | Images: Ron Grech, Timmins Daily Press