IT’S A FACT!

The Dallas County town of Gardiner derived from a depot erected in 1905 to serve customers on the Interurban Railway that ran from Des Moines to Perry. The following year, a school was built. By the late 1920s, high school students in the district were sent to Perry. The Gardiner district dissolved in 1958 when students, as well as Washington Township school students consolidated to form the Central Dallas School District. The school closed entirely in 1961 with elementary students going elsewhere to school. The old building was used for several businesses and still stands, windows and doors missing and walls and floors in sad shape.

115 YEARS AGO

The young people of Van Meter to the number of 20 hied themselves away to the shady banks of the picturesque Coon last Monday to indulge in the fascinating art of fishing. Captains were chosen, being Corporal H.H. Phillips and R. Storck. Of course, the side headed by one of Uncle Sam’s brave volunteers was victorious and led the whole party in the evening to an elegant supper at the Fields House, the defeated side gallantly paying all expenses.

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R.D. Burford and A.A. Pettit, with the better halves, were returning home from Des Moines last Wednesday evening when between Waukee and Adel their carriage broke down. They were obliged to secure a lumber wagon to continue the trip. Mrs. Burford had removed a new shoe before the accident occurred, in order to relive that tired feeling that new shoes always give, and the shoe was nowhere to be found. the finder will leave same at the News office and oblige the owner.

25 YEARS AGO

Prior to Anatoley Koutchmeir’s arrival at the rural Adel farm of Verne and Debi York, their 9-year-old daughter, Jessica, asked her parents a couple of disturbing questions: "If we make him mad, will he hurt us? Will he be armed when he comes?" "That’s what she sees on television and associated with communism," says her father. Adds Debi; "It was really good for her to see that he is like us. Megan Hill, the 11-year-old daughter of Harold and Carol Hill, had similar misconceptions about Russian citizens which have been cleared up now that Valeri Raybchun has settled in for a three-week visit at their rural Minburn farm. Koutchmeir and Raybchun are part of an 11-member delegation of Russian agriculturalists visiting Iowa under a citizen-to-citizen diplomatic mission.

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The Iowa Transportation Commission approved a preliminary study that could result in widening of Highway 6 to four lanes east of Adel.