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Posted March 05, 2014 in Adel, Community Featured

100 years ago: “The high school freshmen held a masquerade party last Friday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Macy.”
Advertisement: “Lee’s Livery Barn: Bring in your horses. I want to buy them. Horses for the Army and Cavalry. Harry Gill.”

75 years ago: “Through the courtesy of the Des Moines Tribune, the Dallas County News presents pictures of some of the outstanding girls’ basketball players of Dallas County, all of whom will be seen in action at the county tournament to be held at Perry this week. (Pictures) Ruby Marcle – guard – DeSoto; Eloise Gilmore – Linden High School star and Theodora Clarke – outstanding Adel forward.”
Advertisement: “A.W. , Heyen: Women’s Dresses – 69 cents, 88 cents, $1.17, $1.29; Men’s Dress Shirts – 88 cents; Men’s Raincoats $3.48; Curtain Fabric – 17 cents a yard; Footwear: Women’s style – $1.67, $2.27; Men’s oxfords – $1.88 – $2.88 – $3.97.”

50 years ago: “Oral Polio Clinic: Fill Our Your slip: A pre-registration slip for the county wide Sabin Oral Polio Vaccine clinic is printed this week on p. 7. Residents of the county are advised to fill out this slip and bring it with them, Saturday, March 28 when they attend the clinic.
Advertisement: Goodyear Service Store: 468-5237 G. E. 10 lb. washer – $209.00 (Pay only $2.00 weekly) 23” TV – $199.00 (pay only  $2.00 per week)) Big Family Size Food Freezer – $189.00 (pay only $2.00 weekly).

25 years ago: “Caption: Tim Canney, an Adel- DeSoto graduate and now a catcher for the Iowa Hawkeyes, chats with Kansas city Royals’ star, George Brett, at the Royals spring training field in Orlando, Florida.”
Advertisement: “Walden Acres Veterinary Clinic – Dr. Dale E. Briley – Practice limited to small animals. R.R. 1, Adel.

Some interesting facts about Adel
In 1907 a building was constructed in the 300 block of South Ninth Street, south of the train depot by Joe Roland and Carl Schroder. They manufactured cotton flannel gloves and adopted the name of Adel Manufacturing company, also referred to as the Roland Bonnet Factory. They made sun bonnets using screen wire for the stiffening and other similar products and for a number of years was a flourishing business with ready sales for their products and a source of employment for Adel men and women.  This building is now City Hall.

Museum moments
To this date, $32,485 has been raised toward $70,000 for the Kinnick/Clarke addition to the Adel Historical Museum. For a $25 donation you will receive a Kinnick T-shirt in cream or gold. We now have youth shirts in sizes small and medium in gold for the $25 donation. These shirts are available at City Hall and other businesses around town. Thanks to all those who have already donated to this important cause.

Information provided by Adel Historical Museum.

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