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Posted October 02, 2013 in Adel, Community Featured

100 years ago: Local happenings: Miss Cecile Hubbard came up from Des Moines last week to visit her home for a few days; Ross Smith is taking violin lessons of Prof. Hahnal of Des Moines; Yesterday Sheriff Ross Arrested Wills Hallett at Perry who is wanted in Ohio for wife desertion.  The Sheriff found him in Perry working as a carpenter on his own house.
Advertisement: “For Sale: 1 open rubber tire buggy; 1 breaking cart – good as new; A. I. Kulp: Shoes; Pumps – $2.50; Rubber Boots – $3.75 – Edward Van Cleave.”

75 years ago: “Eckerman Jewelry will hold their grand opening in their new location on Saturday, October 6. Jerry Eckerman, owner of the store, extends an invitation to all to come in and view the new store. The wider selection of merchandise and the added room allows them to display their items for sale more attractively.”
Advertisement: “United Food Market: We Give S & H Green Stamps: Tuna – 3 for 89 cents; Wieners – 49 cents lb.; Angel Food Cake – 29 cents; Acorn Squash – 10 cents each; Margarine – 13 cents for 1 lb.

50 years ago: “James E. Van Werden of Winterset is entering law practice here and will be associated with Robert E. Frush. Mr. and Mrs. Van Werden and daughter Jane Elizabeth, have recently moved from Iowa City to Adel where they now live at 1319 Locust Street. Mrs. Van Werden, the former Susan Jacobson of Adel, was graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing.”
Advertisement: “Look What You Can Get With Any $2.00 Purchase of Gasoline! Flashlight with 5 cell batteries included – 98 cents; Laundry Basket – 79 cents; Turtle Wax – 89 cents; 10 Roll Toilet Tissue – 59 cents

25 years ago: Caption: Bob and Mary Ockerman were among many area people who had a fun time at the Red Hot Mamas Benefit Square Dance in Adel Saturday night: Caption: The 3rd annual 9th Street block party was held Saturday night. Everyone enjoyed good food and conversation.”
Advertisement: “Michaels Salon: 1219 North 9th Street: Haircut, Shampoo, Blow Dry – $6.00; Customized perm special – $18.50: Children – 10 & Under – Precision hair cut, shampoo, blow-dry -$5.00 – reg. $9.25

Some interesting facts about Adel
In 1850 Leroy Lambert was active in starting up the Christian Church. Although the Christian Church Charter was organized in May 1847 with 18 members, it was not until 1868 that a church was erected. Leroy donated the first organ. On Easter Sunday, March 30, 1902 the church burned. A new church was rebuilt where the jail is located and in 1923 the present church was built.

Museum moments
Thanks to Ella Mae Young for helping out in the museum on Saturday, Sept. 14. A donations has been made to the museum — Seebee’s uniform was donated by Frank Johnson, given to him by his cousins Janice Hunter and Janet Harmon. It belonged to Bruce Johnson, the uncle of Frank, Janice and Janet. He was a chief in the Seabees during World War II. Thanks, Frank.

Information provided by Adel Historical Museum.

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