Message in bottle found during Michigan oil cleanup
A worker cleaning up the remnants of a major oil spill in southwestern Michigan found an old liquor bottle with a message inside. The writing was hard to read but there was a telephone number, which belonged to a 93-year-old woman in the Battle Creek area.
The Battle Creek Enquirer says the message was written in 1997 by the woman's son, Harold Miller, who died six years later from alcohol-related health problems.
Miller's family believes he dropped the bottle in the Kalamazoo River and it floated to Morrow Lake in Galesburg. The note says, "I'll be gone, but ..."
Miller's family says his drinking problem was related to losing a welding job in 1987 after 22 years. Gertrude Miller says her son always brought her flowers.