100 years ago: “Work on the new Main Street sewer has been in progress during the past week. Scott Snyder of Perry spent Sunday here at the home of his parents, Mr. & Mrs. J. E. Snyder. Mr. & Mrs. C. F. Clarke were at Des Moines last Thursday to attend a post nuptial party given in their honor. Verne Alexander is working at the tile factory for a couple of weeks while Ray McNichols is off on vacation.”
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75 years ago: “Mrs. C. A. Gatchell was hostess to the members of the Friendly Bridge Club at her home Tuesday evening. Several progressions of bridge were played with Miss Grace Forret receiving high score prize and Mrs. Huser of Des Moines, the traveling prize. The date of the next meeting will be announced later.”
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50 years ago: “Adel Methodist Church on ‘Church of the Air’: The Adel Methodist Church appeared on the “Central Iowa Church of the Air” Sunday, November 1. Dr. Otto S. Steele, Jr. conducted the service. The program is a weekly feature on KRNT Radio & Television.”
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25 years ago: “Caption: One of the last community events in which Winfred Bly participated was Adel 4th of July celebration. Bly rode in the Adel Lions Club car in the parade. Also in the car are Jim Heikes, Charlie Kreager and Bill Sandquist.” (Winfred Bly died November 1, 1981 at age 77.)
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Some interesting facts about Adel
In 1895 the “Plank House” was built by Jacob Frush, which later became the stage coach station until the stage line was discontinued.
The museum is now closed on Saturdays, but may be toured by making a reservation. Please call 993-1032 or city hall. There is no cost to tour the museum, but donations are welcome.
Information provided by Adel Historical Museum.