Back in October, a time capsule from 1950 was recovered from inside the brick wall of Ideal Decorating. According to the store’s owner, Jon Scherbring, the recovery was part of a construction project involving the wall.
“When they rebuilt this building, they put the capsule in the wall,” said Scherbring. “We just put a door in, so when they were here, we had them cut it open because the previous owner had told us there was a time capsule in there. We cut it open and checked it all out.”
The contents of the time capsule were sent to the Dyersville Historical Society for inventory, copying and recording before the physical items were returned to the store. Christy Deutmeyer of the Dyersville Historical Society said the capsule itself was placed by former owners of the store who also loved local history.
“It was placed in 1950, the two owners of the store ‘Gib’ Nesler and Ray Goedken were both historians,” said Deutmeyer. “They both were part of the Dyersville Historical Society, did a lot of things for the organization, so I think they just wanted to do the time capsule. A lot of it has to do with them. The pictures were all their family, and then there was the price list. That was pretty neat to look back and see what the price of stuff was back in 1950.”
The contents of the time capsule included several letters written on Nesler-Goedken and Dyersville Airways letterheads, inventory list and store salaries; a copy of the Dyersville Commercial from Oct 18, 1950 featuring an advertisement for the store; several photos of family members; a 1935 dollar bill; and some old coins.
Deutmeyer said the contents of this particular time capsule are of more personal significance to the people who placed it and their families, and less general significance to the Dyersville community as a whole.
“There really wasn’t anything in there about Dyersville other than the price list,” she said. “They both lived here and had all that information about their family. It was kind of a personal time capsule for their business and family stuff.”
It is currently unknown exactly what will be done with the capsule.
“They weren’t sure what they wanted to do with them,” said Deutmeyer, “so that’s why we gave them back after we inventoried it. It’s up to whatever Jon wants to do with them. If he were to donate them to us, we would probably put some of the items on display, but otherwise, we just took a copy of everything and put it in our binder that has to do with that furniture store. Just for historical information is why we are part of it.”