100 years ago: “Local happenings: J. M. Roland was up from Des Moines Thursday on business; Miss Ida Ferguson visited Friday and Saturday in Des Moines; Rev. L. W. Easton spent the latter part of last week in Des Moines with his son; The C. M. Club met last evening at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Van V. Boyce.”
Advertisement: “Having decided to discontinue business in Adel, we will place on sale the magnificent stock of: $3.00 men’s shoes – $1.98; $7.00 ladies coats – $2.98; $6.00 wool dresses – $3.98; $1.00 men’s dress shirts – 79 cents.”
75 years ago: “Mrs. Fitzgerald Will Open Café: Mrs. Patsy Fitzgerald and daughter, Peggy, will open a new restaurant October 1 in the D. W. Whitcomb building by the Kozy Korner and Mac’s Radio Shop. Possession will be given September 15 and extensive repair work and redecoration will be rushed through in order for the new restaurant to be opened by the first of the month.”
Advertisement: “A & P Food Store: Back to School Values: Butter – 2 lbs. – 25 cents; Crackers – 2 lb. box – 30 cents; Peaches 7 – 2 ½ cans – $1.00; Juice – 12 oz. can – 10 cents; Flour – 49 lb. bag – 89 cents; Oxydol – 57 cents.”
50 years ago: “Garden Club 40th Anniversary (caption) Mrs. Clyde A. Bectel, president of the Adel Garden Club pinned a corsage on Mrs. H. R. Straight, a charter member of the organization. Mrs. Straight is one of three charter members including Mrs. Don Bice of Excelsior, Minn. and Mrs. Nile Kinnick of Omaha, who were unable to attend the 40th Anniversary celebration.”
Advertisement: Rodgers Super Valu: Catsup – 14 oz. bottle – 15 cents; Hunt’s Peaches – 4 #2 ½ cans – $1.00; Red Potatoes – 10 lb. – 20 cents; Rath Smoked Picnics – 29 cents lb.”
25 years ago: “Caption: First Woman Member: Karen Smith was welcomed by Gerald Kuper, president of the Adel Rotary Club, as the first woman member of the club last Thursday at the noon luncheon. Other women will soon join her as members.”
Advertisement: “Walden Acres Vet Clinic: Dr. Dale E. Briley – Practice limited to small animals – RR #1 Adel – 987-1567; R-Way Concrete & Ready-Mix – 103 N. 19th St. – 993-4534; Town & Country Barber Shop – 903 Main – Carroll & Dave.”
Some interesting facts about Adel
During his life in Dallas County, Leroy Lambert was one of the leading business men. He was elected to the state legislature in 1853 to 1869. In 1868 he entered into banking, opening the first bank in Dexter, Iowa with Martin Smith. Later in 1869 they opened the Dallas County Bank in Adel. In 1850 he was active in starting up the Christian Church.
Many thanks to the following persons for their help at the museum during the Sweet Corn Festival: Making ice cream: Sonja Ferguson, Carolyn Knoll, Kathy Nielsen, Cathy Jorgensen, Ann Kreager, Bonita Baughman, Terry Hook and Connie Cooper; serving ice cream: Carolyn Knoll, Kassidy Nielsen and Sonja Ferguson. Making and selling garden china, Cathy Jorgensen and working in the shop, Connie Cooper. Setting up and tearing down, Kurt, Kathy and Kassidy Nielsen. We had a very successful day with more than 100 visitors to the museum. Mary Jane Cook was the winner of the shop drawing. Mary Snow and Naomi Maahs have worked in the shop on Saturdays from noon until 4 p.m.
Information provided by Adel Historical Museum.