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Posted January 02, 2013 in Adel, Community Featured

100 years ago: “Local and Personal: Miss Rebecca Goroutte returned to Jefferson Thursday after visiting relatives here. Miss May Slone expects to leave this week for Texas for a visit. Mr. & Mrs. Glen Beasley and son went to Redfield Thursday to spend the day with friends. G. W. Harmon, carrier No. 4, is taking his annual vacation and his substitute, Ed Mullins, is carrying the mail.”
Advertisement: “Big January Clearance Sale – S. T. Smith, The Clothier Snow! Cold! Yes it is winter: Black and Brown dress overcoat – $15.00 and up; Black and Grey convertible collar – $5.00 and up; Overcoats for young men, boys and children – $3.00 – $15.00. Fur lined coats $4.50, $6.50, $7.50. Fur lined caps – 75 cents and up.”

75 years ago: “Red Fox Bounty Set at $2.00! Starting on January 3 the people of Dallas County will be able to collect money on Red Fox killed in Dallas or adjoining Boone and Polk Counties. A bounty of $2.50 will be given for the old fox and $1.50 for the pups.”
Advertisement: “The New Rialto: Sun., Mon., Tues. Jan. 9, 10, 11. Hold your sides and tap your toes! They’re all in one big show! Fred Astaire, George Burns, Gracie Allen in a ‘A Damsel in Distress’.”

50 years ago: “Iowa’s Corn Crop Tops Nation: Iowa topped all states in the nation this year in the value of its corn crop. The crop amounted to $795 million.”
Advertisement: Good Year Service Store: Norge Gas Dryer – $159.00 Only $5.00 down delivered; G. E. Television Console – $189.00; Portable – $139.00”

25 years ago: “Picture Caption: Hazel Whitney stands near the blacksmith’s well at Kennedy. Legend has it that the well pumped the sweetest water in Kennedy Station. Picture Caption: Bill Sandquist, Kyle Engelhardt & Eric Laffoonn await the outcome of caricaturing Sunday’s Pinewood Derby. Sandquist was the judge at the finish line.”
Advertisement: “Supper Adel Lions Supper – Friday, January 25 at the Adel Elementary Gym – 4:30 to 6:30. All profit for “Handicapped Person’s Project” Chili, Bean, Potato Soups plus Side Dishes – Adults $2.50 –  6th Grade & under $1.00.”

Some interesting facts about Adel
The town of Adel was one of the first to boast of a brick and tile factory. It was established in 1882 by Robert S. Kerns and his son-in-law A. C. Hubbard. It was located in the northwest part of town. This business was later known as United Brick and Tile Company and provided employment for about 25 men. They turned out 20,000 brick per day. Later this plant was torn down and rebuilt near the railroad track in the southwest part of Adel and then sold to the Straight family. H. R. Straight became the owner of Adel Clay Products in 1907 and held 87 patents in the brick and tile industry. He also owned Straight Engineering which designed and built equipment that unloaded grain rail cars and trucks.

Museum moments
The museum hosted seven classes of kindergartners from the Adel Elementary School. The classes had been studying about museums and about a famous person from Adel, Nile Kinnick. The Raccoon Valley Questers donated an early 1900 candlestick telephone and box with a crank in memory of one of their members, Gina Charlet.

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