The note was sealed in a Schaefer beer bottle. It was dated Aug. 17, 1969 and read: "If found notify the North Haledon Fire Co. #2."
Mark Ciarmello and his 3-year-old daughter found the bottle along a beach in Carolla, N.C., in October. That's about 400 miles from where it was released.
The Downingtown, Pa., resident says he got on his cell phone, called North Haledon and e-mailed photos of the bottle to the firefighters.
No one is sure who tossed the bottle. But firefighters suspect it was during one of the many fishing trips that they used to take years ago.