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Looking Back

Posted September 05, 2012 in Adel, Community Featured

100 years ago: “D. E. King recently bought the two business rooms on Main Street occupied by Wm. Buckley and the Alkire Garage.”

    Advertisement: “Adel Auto Company: Buggy For Sale: A good buggy run one season – Paint hardly marked – A bargain at $20.00.”

75 years ago: “Marice Sinift New Principal:  Superintendent Donald Weir announced Saturday that Maurice L. Sinift, whose home is at Lacona, Iowa, had been engaged as principal of the Adel High School and that he would be here ready to take up the work the later part of the week.”

   Advertisement: “M. E. Williams – The Quality Store: Plaid or check men’s slacks – $2.95 – $5.00; Sport Jackets – plaid or plain colors – $2.95. $3.95 and up; Sweaters – $1.95 – $3.95.”

50 years ago: “Evan Burger, Dallas County Sheriff, stated this week that with the beginning of school and the fact that school buses will be traveling the roads and highways, a review of the Iowa School Bus law is timely. Burger advised all motorists that this law will be strictly enforced in Dallas County for the protection of all school children.”

    Advertisement: “Back to School: Ben Franklin: Boys’ Dungarees – $1.47; Boy’s T – Shirt – 2 for $1.25; Morpul Anklets – 49 cents; Canvas Oxfords – $1.67; Football & tee – $1.99; Boys’ Briefs – 2 for $1.15.”

25 years ago: “Another section will be added to the sixth grade class due to a surge in enrollment, the Adel-DeSoto school board decided Monday night. Middle school principal, Bill Kimber, told the board that the district has over 80 6th grade students.”

    Advertisement: “Unicorn – A – Mania is Coming! Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus – 3 days only – Fri., Sept. 26 – Sun., Sept. 28. Veterans Memorial Auditorium – all tickets on Friday – $2.50 off. All seats reserved. Come Celebrate Iowans’ Own Ringling Brothers.”

Some interesting facts about Adel
During the night in January of 1904, the first train wreck occurred near Highway #6 and what is now the Golf Course road. A special passenger train bound for Council Bluffs and a freight train from the west, bound for Kansas City, hit head-on. The passenger train’s engineer foresaw the wreck, pulled the brakes on and leaped from the cab. He hit a road sign and decapitated himself. His watch found in June showed the time of the mishap had been at 4:01 a. m. (told by Ray Forrester)

Museum Moments
The museum will be open on Saturdays from noon until 4 p.m. through September. There is no charge to tour the eight rooms of the brick two-story 1857 school house.

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