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Posted February 05, 2014 in Adel, Community Featured

100 years ago: “Mr. and Mrs. Couch entertained the C. M. Club Monday evening. Mrs. Victor Felter and children left here yesterday for a visit for several weeks with relatives in Cherokee County. L.V. Russell tendered his resignation as school treasurer last Monday.”
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75 years ago: “Nile Kinnick grew up in Adel. He moved with his family to Omaha his senior year. He attending 4 years at the University of Iowa. At the end of the 1939, 6-1-1 record season, Nile had won virtually every major award in the country. He was a consensus first team All-American and he appeared on every first team ballot to become the only unanimous selection in the AP voting. He won the Big Ten MVP award by the largest margin in history. He also won the Walter Camp Award and the Maxwell Award. He even won the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. On November 18, 1939 Nile Kinnick won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the only Iowa Hawkeye to win college football’s most prestigious award.”
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50 years ago: “Coaches Receive Trophies: Assistant Coach Ray Schmeideskamp and coach Stan Norenberg are shown with co-captain Lance Clarke and the trophies presented to them by the Adel Tigers football team during the Grid Banquet last week. Clarke and co-captains Burch Culp praised the two coaches for their “know-how” and being ‘down-right good guys.’ ”
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Some interesting facts about Adel
The first house built in Adel, in 1847, served as the first post office. Later the post office was located on the west side of the square, near the Rexall Drug Store location.

Museum moments
As of February 2014 the museum has received $31,330 in donations for its Kinnick-Clarke addition. Thank you to all who have made donations. Please help us reach our goal of $70,000. For a minimum donation of $25 you will receive a cream or gold colored Kinnick T-shirt. Please contact Jan Price at 993-1032 for details.

Information provided by Adel Historical Museum.





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