IT’S A FACT!

One of the most interesting characters of the youthful days of the county was a man named John Kaylor, a stage coach driver who piloted the four-horse team on the route between Des Moines and Council Bluffs from 1854 to 1857. Adel was the first relay station west of Des Moines and travelers obtained a little rest and food at the Plank House in Adel on their way to points further west.

115 YEARS AGO

The war spirit is manifesting itself among our boys right along. Some days ago, some of them erected some fortifications, armed themselves with brick bats and engaged in a battle, lasting until one boy got hit a severe blow under the eye. This ended the engagement. Yesterday, a couple of boats on the mill slough, manned by some larger boys, engaged in a naval battle, ramming each other until one boat was capsized and its crew went into the water. All parties were rescued with no worse casualties than a good soaking.

80 YEARS AGO

A few days ago, one of those professional panhandlers, with sadness written all over his face, a tremor in his voice and woe oozing from every pore dropped into the Coney Island to beg a cup of coffee. Florence Curry, who waited on him, felt herself wrapped in a wave of sympathy for the poor unfortunate man and promptly paid for the coffee out of her own funds. The bum then pulled a package from his pocket, fished out some sandwiches and hard boiled eggs, littered up the counter with the debris and accepted the charity. The waitress stood for all of it without getting mad until she saw a nice new $10 bill in the tramp’s purse.

25 YEARS AGO

The county board of supervisors, ordered last month to trim $2.02 million from the fiscal 1988-89 tax asking and cut expenditures by $718,243, has asked for a second chance to defend both the proposed budget and the amendment for the current fiscal year.

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An 8-year-old Perry boy broke free from a man who allegedly attempted to abduct him at Sportsman’s Park near Dawson Saturday morning, and quickly alerted park officials of the incident involving a man who it was later discovered was a walkaway from the Woodward State Hospital School.

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On a rainy July 4th, 1838, 30 toasts were drunk in the Catholic Church in Dubuque, 39 at the Wisconsin Hotel in Burlington, and 13 in both Fort Madison and West Point in Lee County. Toasts were made to virtually everyone, but the most passionate salutes were toasts to a birth that occurred that day: the birth of the Territory of Iowa.