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Posted August 06, 2014 in Adel, Community Featured

100 years ago: “Roy James and family were over from Dexter Friday visiting his father; J. L. Simcoke has gone from Dexter to Stuart where he has a position in a store. Mr. and Mrs. D.E. King were at Dallas Center last Wednesday, calling upon George Rhinehart who we regret to say is in poor health.

Advertisement: Great August Sale – E. S. Schultz: White Voile Dresses were $10.00 now $6.95; Stripe Dresses were $4.00 now $3.95; Messaline were $6.00 now $4.95; House Dresses were $1.00 now 79 cents; Aprons were 75 cents now 59 cents.

75 years ago: “New Grandstand at Park Dedicated With a Victory: The Adel Cardinals dedicated their much talked of grandstand on Sunday with 7-3 victory over the strong Slater team. But it looked for several innings as though the new structure would be a jinx. The game was a good one throughout with few errors and plenty of action. Final score 7 – 3.”
Advertisement: “Fowler’s Drug Store: Remodeling and Vacation Sale: 25 Gillette Razor Blades – 19 cents; 10 cent flashlight cells – 3 for 21 cents; 2 pints Swift Ice Cream – 21 cents; 1 lb. jar cold cream – 49 cents; Pint Tar Shampoo was 50 cents now 29 cents.”

50 years ago: “One of the highlights of the Town & Country Fair, August 8 & 9 will be the dedication of the historic Marker for the late Nile Kinnick and Bob Feller at Kinnick – Feller Memorial Park Sunday afternoon. Time set for the ceremony is a 3:30 p.m. The marker, a huge native boulder from the Loren Diddy farm, is the end result of a full year’s work by many people. The idea was originated by Mrs. Gladys Chance of Adel, who felt the two Hall of Famers from Dallas County, should be honored.”
Advertisement: “Ben Franklin: white Handbags – $2.27; Windy Bonnets – Reg. 39 cents now 28 cents; Chiffon Scarf – Reg. 59 cents now 44 cents; Petticoats – Reg. $1.00 now 77 cents.”

25 years ago: “Brick Repair OK’d. Readers pushing for brick streets preservation — many of them wearing shirts proclaiming “I’m an Adel Brickhead” — received some good news from the Adel City Council at Tuesday night’s regular meeting; The council didn’t shelve a controversial $1.025 million paving project, as residents have asked, but directing the street committee of council members Jim Peters, Jane Barst and Jon McAvoy to develop a plan to repair the city’s 70-year-old brick streets.”
Advertisement: “Accent on Hair: Mike & Harriet Swarm – 109 S. 9th -993-4424 Haircut or style cut – Men or Women – $4.95; Perm Special: Men or women – $24.95 (reg. $30.00) Free  haircut included. Long or treated extra; Spiral Perm – $45.00 – Reg. $60.00.”

Museum moments
There will be a Corn Patch Antique Sale at the museum on the day of the Sweet Corn Festival, Saturday, Aug. 9 from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. This sale is sponsored by Raccoon Valley, Lik Skillet and George Mifflin Dallas Questers’ groups. The proceeds will go to the museum.

Information provided by Adel Historical Museum.

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