Storm Lake Time Capsule Opened That Was Buried 50 Years Ago

Dozens of people were on hand today (Thur) at the Storm Lake Public Library for the opening of a time capsule that was buried 50 years ago.

The time capsule was opened by Mayor Mike Porsch, who was in high school when it was buried below the floor in the front entry area of the library back in 1973…

Some of the items in the time capsule included centennial fundraiser coins, a centennial cookbook, newspapers including one from June 25th 1873 , a picture of the Storm Lake High School, a postcard, and stamps. There was also a boulder hat that was worn by the individual who placed the items in the box. It was added after he saw that the other items for the time capsule didn’t completely fill the box. There was also a bow tie with print that reads “Storm Lake Iowa 1873. Centennial 1973.”

Prior to opening the time capsule, Porsch shared some of the early history of Storm Lake, including when the city was officially incorporated…

Two Storm Lake time capsules were buried 50 years ago. One was to be opened this year as part of the city’s sesquicentennial, and the one-hundred year time capsule, known as the “Million Dollar Time Capsule” will be opened on Independence Day in 2073. That time capsule features 48 one-hundred dollar certificates of deposit that were provided by donors. It was figured that a hundred years of compound interest might grow the investment to nearly 1.5 million dollars.

The project was made possible by Jack Kooker and Paul DeVolder. The copper capsules were donated by Jack Spooner and Catherine Spooner Christian in honor of the late Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Spooner.