100 years ago: “Caption below the picture of the Arlington Hotel: The mecca of the traveling men on the road. For a number of years the hotel was under the management of Clair Byers and later Walt Steele was the proprietor. In 1894 Capt. Steele became owner and proprietor until his death. Since that time A. J. Goodrich has been the owner and manager and business has been better the last year than ever before.”
Advertisement: “Go to Lon B. Smith’s in Adel for Fresh Groceries the only Exclusive Grocery in Adel: Butter and eggs taken in exchange for goods.”
75 years ago: “Tri-City Swimming Meet in Adel Next Monday Night: Swimmers from Adel, Winterset and Perry will compete. The managers of the three pools hope to make the Tri-City meet an annual affair to be staged at one of the towns on the second Monday in August.”
Advertisement: “A & P Sale: Grapefruit juice – 46 oz. can – 19 cents: Oil – 3 oz. – 15 cents; Vinegar quart bottle – 15 cents; Ketchup 2- 8 oz. – 15 cents; Vinegar quart bottle – 15 cents; Dressing quart jar – 29 cents; chips – 5 lb. box – 29 cents.”
50 years ago: “Letter Asks “Why Not Honor Kinnick-Feller” Mrs. Gladys Chance writes: “First let me say I love Adel and Dallas County. Wouldn‘t most people of the county of Adel be willing to donate to a fund to be used for placing a bronze baseball and football marker at the park with an inscription stating this fact.” In 1964 Nile Kinnick – Bob Feller historic marker was placed in the park at a dedication ceremony.
Advertisement: “Ben Franklin August White Sale: Sheets – muslins with the new lauderlastic magic snap-in corners: 72 X 108 Reg. $2.22 Now $1.77; 81 X 108 Reg. $2.79 – Now $1.97; Pillow Cases – Reg. 59 cents – Now 47 cents; Bath Towels – Reg. $1.98 – Now $1.69; Matching Face Towels – Reg. 49 cents – Now 38 cents.”
25 years ago: “The Adel Historical Society met at the home of Mable and Ira Raymond. President Verle Wicks conducted the business meeting. Members of the Bowles family and members of the Thornton family who formerly lived at the museum along with Jack and Marian Whitney visited the museum. For the program each person told of the quilts made in their homes when they were children.”
Advertisements: “Business and Professional Services: We Sharpen Saws and Tools at 1314 South 14th – Adel. The Edge Shed – An Edge Above the Rest – #993-4447: Walden Acres Veterinary Clinic – Dr. Dale E. Briley – Practice Limited to Small Animals – R. R. 1 Adel #987-1567: Benn H. Nelson – Real Estate and Insurance – 833-2354 Adel: Ray Electric – Heating – Electric – Plumbing – Lenox – Located North of Adel on Hwy. 169 – # 993-3325.”
Some interesting facts about Adel
In 1855 the “Plank House” was built by Jacob Frush, which later became the stage coach station until the stage line was discontinued.
Come visit the museum on Saturdays from noon until 4 p.m. There’s lots to see Free admission. The following donations have been made to the museum: Don and Merry Alliss donated a beautiful Victorian coal scuttle or hod; Carole (Danilson – Class of 1960) and Ron Molnar donated many items including books, many Adel brochures, Lions Club items, and Frank Johnson donated a Seabees’ uniform used in the ’40s.
Information provided by Adel Historical Museum.