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Posted December 05, 2012 in Adel, Community Featured

100 years ago: “Local News: Miss Susie Couch went to Anita last week to visit her sister, Mrs. John Pierey. Attorneys Dingwell and Clarke were at Perry last Friday on legal business.”

Advertisement: “Edward Van Cleave; All wool serge fabric, 41” shrunk and sponged – 85 cents a yard; All wool serge fabric for school dresses – 36” wide – 50 cents a yard; Fancy ribbons for the misses’ hair bows – 30 cents a yard; Novelty braid for making fancy lace – 10 cents a bolt.”

75 years ago: “Poultry Throw in Adel Saturday, December 18. Chamber of Commerce Is Back of Big Gift Movement: Will Be Feature For Holiday Shoppers: 100 people Have Chance to Catch Their Christmas Dinner!”

Advertisement: “Ready – To – Wear Shop – Adel Dress Sale – Crepe and Alpaca – $5.88 – Sizes 14 to 44; Dresses in Prints, Polka Dots – Sizes 14 to 42 – $2.98; Velvet or Felt Hats – $1.49.”

50 years ago: “A Christmas Cantata, entitled, “The Star and the Stable” will be a Christmas Presentation of combined church choirs on Sunday evening, December 23. The program will be held at the Adel High School auditorium starting at 1:30 p.m. The program is directed by Donald C. Bury, band director and Mrs. Miriam Caudron at the organ.”

Advertisement: “Larry’s Maytag Washing and Coin-Op Dry Cleaning – 917Main Street, Adel: Wash – 10 cents soft water (full 35 gallons of water) 8 lbs. Of Dry Cleaning – $1.00; $10.00 Auction Bucks with each load. 25 lb. washer – use it free – Just new! Steam Press – Use it Free.”

25 years ago: “Senior Citizens may be able to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the county nutrition program at the new Congregate Meals Site, which will double as a central cooking site for the home delivery program. Marilyn Heikes, director of Home – Care Services said $11,000 has been raised for the renovation of the Little Theater Building, located in Kinnick – Feller Riverside Park at Adel.”

Advertisement: “Lea’s Fashion and Flowers: 40% off all Sportswear and Dresses; 30% off all Shoes; 25% off all Ladies Lingerie; Fleece Sweat Suits – Regular $37.50 – now $20; Sweater special $15 Rack and 25% Off Rack.”

Some interesting facts about Adel
From the time it was founded, until 1879, the town of Adel was isolated from the outside world as far as railroad connections were concerned. The citizens of Adel organized a company, raised about $50,000 and built a railroad. The Des Moines, Adel and Western Railroad Company was incorporated April 12, 1878. After weeks of close figuring, the railroad succeeded in selling enough bonds to build a bridge across the Raccoon River so the train could be run all the way into Adel. This bridge was completed in 90 days at a cost of $4,770 and was the occasion for one of the biggest and most exciting days in the history of Adel. The entire population of 800 turned out to see the little train come into town. It was generally understood that no one would be allowed to ride the train on its first trip across the bridge, but four young ladies leaped into the local limelight. They went across the river, flagged the train as it came down the hill and were taken aboard. The place was later dubbed, “Old Maids Station.”

Museum moments
The museum is now closed on Saturdays until May 2013. Anyone wishing to tour the museum, please call 993-1032 to make a reservation.

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