100 years ago: “G. W. Williams has so far recovered from his sickness as to be able to be out. J. G. Luther spent last week out on his farm west of Adel fixing up buildings for the winter.”
Advertisement: “Adel Auto Company: Completely Equipped F.O.B. Delivery – $990.00 – Gray and Davis Electric Equipment F. O. B., Delivery – $115.00”
75 years ago: “Nile Kinnick Is Football Sensation of Iowa This Year: Every football fan in Adel was glued to a radio Saturday afternoon while the Iowa-Wisconsin game was in progress S.U. I. history in his first Big Ten game. In punting, the Adel boy made something of a record. He punted 6 times for a total of 318 yards. The score was Wisconsin 13 – Iowa 6.”
Advertisement: “Announcing Opening of New Beauty Parlor: Berglund’s Beauty Shop – Phone 108: Machine less Waves $4.00; Machine Waves $5.00; End Curls – children $2.00 Adults – $2.50; Shampoo & Finger Wave 65 cents; Oil Shampoo – 85 cents; Facials $1.00.”
50 years ago: “Sale At “The Store” Saturday Will Close Era: Saturday after noon the auctioneer will “cry” a sale at the Panther Store, one of the landmarks of south Dallas County. Mr. & Mrs. Scheaffer, who have operated the store for the past 27 years, will move to Adel soon after the sale.”
25 years ago: “Personal News: Mr. & Mrs. L. W. Croft and Mr. & Mrs. C. T. Vance of Winterset hosted a Smith family reunion September 28 in the Adel municipal center. Bev Carrico won the drawing of the Adel DeSoto Boosters Club for 2 tickets to the Iowa – El Paso football game Saturday.
Advertisement: “Chain Saw Day – Saturday, October 11 – Free Coffee & Cookies- Register For Free Door Prizes – Wood Carving Demonstration (on site) 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All chain saws specially priced this one day only. Annear Equipment Inc. Hwy 169 N. Frontage Road – Adel.”
Some interesting facts about Adel
Ortonville, once located between Adel and Waukee, was named after Hiram Orton, who moved to the site in 1866. But Ortonville wasn’t just any town. It was home to a traveling circus show that started in 1852. Orton purchased nearly 200 acres as the winter headquarters for the circus. At one time the community of Ortonville included a café and grocery store, gasoline station, elevator, post office, stockyard and two telephone companies. The show animals were over wintered at Ortonville because the fertile soil provided good crops and grain for the animals. See an extensive display at the Adel Historical Museum.
The museum had a busy Saturday on the day of the Sweet Corn Festival. Many gallons of homemade ice cream were served, Martha Hindman demonstrated the spinning wheel and gave interesting information on historic spinning of wool, and Bob and Betty Jungst of Creston displayed their beautifully restored 1950 Willys Jeep. Many people toured the eight museum rooms, and Darlene Pitzenbarger of Redfield won the shop drawing.