Ely Time Capsule

A time capsule with items gathered in 1988 — 100 years after the founding of the city — will be dedicated on Thursday.

ELY — A time capsule with items reflecting Ely during its Centennial Celebration will be buried on Thursday.

It will be opened in 75 years when the city enjoys its Bicentennial.

The Ely Time Capsule was assembled in 1988 at the Ely Echo with input from residents and businesses. The 2.5-foot-tall cylinder was filled with items that reflected the city at that time.

A brief ceremony at 8 a.m. Thursday will be held at the Pioneer Mine’s Shaft House to inter the large capsule. Nickerson Construction will do the concrete honors for the Ely Arts & Heritage Center.

As recorded in 1988, the contents include:

• A letter from then mayor Dr. J.P. Grahek.

• The 1988 City of Ely budget.

• “Ely, Since 1888” by the Ely Echo.

• An “Incredible Ely” booklet by John Somrock and Lee Brownell.

• “Ely Scrapbook 1888-1988” by Ely-Winton Historical Society.

• Bob Cary’s book, “The Big Wilderness Canoe Manual.”

• The 1988 Timberlane yearbook.

• Vermilion Community College’s catalog.

• JC Penney Fall and Winter Catalog.

• A 1988 Plymouth Voyageur car brochure.

• The Sept. 5, 1988, issue and computer discs of the Ely Echo.

• “Slovenski Melodie” record by Catherine Merhar and Frank Levar.

• Salerno Land Co. real estate brochure.

• A 1976 Ely All Class Reunion coin from Archie Manning.

• A T-shirt from Canoe Country Outfitters.

• A 1988 U.S. coin set.

• Four 45s record hits (“Monkey” by George Michael, “1-2-3” by Gloria Estefan, “Perfect World” Huey Lewis and “It Would Take a Strong, Strong Man” by Rick Ashley.)

• A block of stamps commemorating the 1988 Olympics.

• Fish lures from the Moose Bay Co.

• A menu from Olson Bay.

• A Vacation Guide Calendar and “Exploring Ely, Minnesota” video from Ely Chamber of Commerce.

• A photo album of the 1987-88 Ely Washington Elementary School classes.

• Packets of materials from: Independent School District 696, American Legion Post 248, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2717, Ely Area Development Council, Ely Centennial Committee, Northern Lakes Arts Association, Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital and Nursing Home, Ely-Winton Historical Society and the 1986 Steger International Polar Expedition.

At the initial ceremony held with dignitaries, the public and first graders, emcee Nick Wognum said, “By building a better community together, whether you’re a businessman, homemaker or worker, our interrelationships will assure that this community will survive and they will have an occasion such as this to open the time capsule.”


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