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Posted December 31, 2014 in Adel, Community Featured


100 Years Ago:

Local Happenings:  Mr. and Mrs. John Winn and son came from Red Oak Saturday for a visit at the H. B. Geston home.  Miss Eva Garoutte went  to Van Meter Thursday to visit relatives.  Mrs. George W. Clarke was here from Des Moines the later part of last week.
Advertisements:  War May Come? But war or no war, people must buy food.  We have no guns or munitions, but Our Line is Groceries.  Lon Smith – Adel Leading Grocery Store.  5 % Farm Loans, optional any time – Russell Loan & Title Co. Christmas is Over: Now come in and see our line of shoes for everyday and Sunday dress shoes.  A good line and just as cheap as possible.  Thomas Wright – The Shoe Man

75 Years Ago:

Sheriff E/ A. Burger Will Be Candidate at June Primaries:  Seeks Nomination from Republicans for Office He Now Holds:  Mr. Burger, who had acted as deputy for C. A. Knee during the entire time the latter was sheriff was named as his successor when Mr. Knee was selected as chief of the state highway patrol.  It is generally conceded that no better choice could have been made.

The Ready to Wear Shop:  January Clearance:  Coats – $6.88; Winter Hats; Felts, Crepes, Velvet turbans – 69 cents & $1.29; Girls” Snow Suits – Sizes 4 to 8 – $3.99; Ladies Sweaters – 89 cents; Ladies Cotton Print Dresses – Sizes 4 – 44 – $89 cents; Hosiery Special – 64 cents.

50 Years Ago:
1965 Adel Girls Win Pair: Varsity Record Now 8 to 0; The Adel Tigerettes  Junior Varsity won 56 to 25 for their 7th win in 9 starts.  The night cap saw the Varsity Tigerettes race to their 8th straight victory .

Advertisement:  Super – Valu:  Farm Fresh Stewing Hens – 27 cents lb.; Potatoes – 20 lb. bag – $1.29; Cookies 4 bags for $1.00; Sugar – 5 lb. Bag – 39 cents; l0 lb. Bag- 78 cents; 2 large heads Lettuce – 29 cents; canned Ham – 3 lb. Can – $3.89.

25 Years Ago:
Chris Lee’s world History class at Adel-De Soto High School brought the renaissance of the Middle Ages to life with a project depicting students favorite aspects of the period.  The projects was graded by both the teacher and the students.  The projects included one report, one sculpture, a 3 dimensional drawing, a newscast, a bridge and a late Middle-Age village.

Advertisement:  Benefit For Sports’ Complex and Scholarship Fund – Chili and Potato/Ham soup supper:  4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, January 20 at Adel De Soto High School commons  prior to Carroll Basketball Ball. game.  Adults – $3.50, Children 6 & under, $1.00, children 7 to 12, $2.50.  Adel Rotary Club.

Some Interesting Facts About Adel:
The first house in the town was built by J. C. Corbell in the fall of 1847.  It was used as dwelling house and post office.  The first brick building in the town was a one-story structure occupied for many years by G. W. Campbell who operated a tailor shop.  The first hotel in the town was a small story and half house managed by R. R. Bailey.

Museum Moments:
The museum committee continues to collect money for the Kinnick- Governor Clarke addition.  We are nearing our goal, but need your help


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