130 YEARS AGO

J.J. Schickle brushed the dews on Jordan’s banks last week, but did not quite cross over. "Uncle Jimmy" had been sick for a few days and awoke in the night with severe pain and awakened his wife and told her to get him a dose of brandy. She arose and by mistake got hold of a bottle containing laudanum and poured out a dose for him. Of course the mistake was discovered immediately and a man dispatched to town for a physician. They had quite a serious time of it for awhile, but finally succeeded in neutralizing the effects of the laudanum, and we are glad to say he is in a fair way to recover. Persons cannot exercise too much care in administering medicine, especially if there are poisonous or deadly drugs about the house.

120 YEARS AGO

Six tramps were detained in county headquarters last Monday night and were given plenty to eat in the morning. Soon afterwards they were around town on their usual business of frightening women and with their usual stories about having had nothing to eat for two days. We will hardly follow the example of the lenient Governor Lewelling of Kansas.

100 YEARS AGO

From "Coon Forks" by R.D. Dodge: Emma Dodge is a wise woman I freely admit on general principles but print it easy. She is a wee bit unreasonable on the subject of women’s rights. She wishes to vote but objects to building the early fires. When I insist that if she proposes to appropriate manish privileges and duties she ought not to choose the easiest, she replies with such irrelevant remarks as this: All right, if you make the fires, you may cook the breakfast and wash the dishes. That is what I call a settler. It ends the discussion every time. We begin house keeping at Van Meter soon. It is an easy guess who will build the fires. After women have secured the ballot, the house of Dodge will be governed by the same old rules and regulations, and women’s kingdom will be only extended, not changed.

25 YEARS AGO

Voters sent a "clear mandate" to the Adel-DeSoto school district Tuesday when they gave 80 percent approval to a $1.8 million bond issue to finance additions to the elementary facilities in Adel and DeSoto, Supt. Tim Hoffman said. The vote in the communities was 770-191.

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A new ordinance redefining junk cars and municipal infractions passed its first reading at the Waukee city council meeting. The ordinances outline strict definitions for junk yards, junk, inoperable vehicles. and set forth a schedule of civil penalties for offenders.