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Posted May 01, 2013 in Adel, Community Featured

100 years ago: “Personals: Mrs. Wm. Johnson spent Saturday in Redfield; Mrs. Mary Jane of Redfield was here shopping Thursday; Mrs. M. Holmes went to Earlham last Thursday for a short visit. Three bums were arrested in Perry one day last week and set to work on the streets; The manager of the new Palace Theater will donate the proceeds of the show tomorrow night to the Ladies Cemetery Association.”
Advertisement: “Harry Gill, The Chicago Horse Buyer Wants 200 Horses, Mares and Mules: Weight from 1,000 to 1,900 lbs. Small blemishes no object but must be fat and smooth and from 3 – 10 years old. Remember I will be at Lee & Hennen’s Livery Barn, Adel – Rain or Shine, Monday, May 19th.”

75 years ago: “Swimming Pool Now Open: Adel’s Municipal Swimming Pool recreation mecca for hundreds of people was formally opened with a “free day” last Friday in spite of the unseasonable weather. A crowd of 250 boy and girls and older people availed themselves of the opportunity to enjoy their favorite pastime.”
Advertisement: “Dance at the Adel Ballroom (formerly Adel Playhouse) Saturday night. Music by ‘Eddie Norton and his Band.’ Ballroom Dance a Feature. Admission 39 cents each; 30 cents before 9 p.m. Under New Management – Carl E. Hoffen.”

50 years ago: “Members of the school board and faculty along with their wives or husbands were feted to a banquet in the school auditorium. All the food for the banquet was prepared by the senior home economics students. The menu included: Swiss steak, baked potatoes, Italian salad, glazed carrots, clover leaf rolls, relished, German chocolate cake and coffee.”
Advertisement: “Fowler’s Prescription Pharmacy: Norwich Aspirin – 250 tablets – 89 cents; Corecidin Nasal Mist – $1.25; Tussey Deodorant ½ price – 50 cents; 500 Aspirin – $1.29; 100 Aspirin – 59 cents.”

25 years ago: “Day Care Director Makes a Milestone: An invitation to address a national convention is a milestone of professional success and an Adel woman will reach that plateau today when she presents a workshop at a conference in Chicago. But instead of tooting her own horn, Adel Childcare Center director, Shirley McAdon, will tell of the community pride that built and maintains the child care center’s current facility. McAdon is one of 34 people who will present workshops at the 2-day national childcare conference.”
Advertisement: “Nuzzi Main Street Cuisine – 819 Main Street – Adel, Iowa – Serving Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with expanded salad bar. Roast Beef Special $5.95 Regular Hours: Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Grill closed at 9:00.”

Some interesting facts about Adel
Dr. T. J. Caldwell was born in Indiana. He came to Iowa in 1853, settling near Redfield. By farm labor he earned the money to make his way through college and in 1861 graduated from a medical college in Keokuk. The same year he was appointed surgeon of the 23rd Iowa infantry. After the war, he returned to Adel and from that time he was a successful practitioner. He was president of the Adel State Bank and also president of the railroad built through Adel. He was elected to the legislature for two terms.

Museum moments
Donations to the museum: Denny Dorman donated an atlas of Dallas County published in 1916, and Tim Dougherty donated a water pump and a Fowler’s Drug Store sign. We wish to thank these two gentlemen for their generosity.

Information provided by Adel Historical Museum.

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