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IT’S A FACT!

The 39-mile portion of the Raccoon River Valley Trail that runs from Waukee to Herndon (Boone County) is part of the American Discovery Trail which runs between Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware to Point Reyes near the Bay Area of California. The trail through Iowa is concurrent with U.S. Bicycle Route 50.

115 YEARS AGO

Mr. John Longmire died on Saturday of last week at the home of his son, Leroy Longmire, in Adams Township. Mr. Longmire was stricken with paralysis a few days before his death. He was in the 88th year of age. He was one of the early settlers of this county, coming here in 1858 and was the oldest of the old settlers on the South Coon River. The funeral services were held on Sunday. By his death another of those who conquered the wilderness of 50 years ago has passed away.

112 YEARS AGO

Will Adams sustained quite a serious injury Thursday morning while working on the courthouse. A brick fell on him and struck him on the head, making quite a scalp wound. Dr. Williams dressed the injured part and Will was able with help to walk home.

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“In view of the proclamation issued by President Roosevelt requesting a general suspension of business tomorrow afternoon during the funeral services of President McKinley, I would request the closing of stores and places of business from one until four o’clock, that we may thereby show our regard for our illustrious dead.” S.L. Ward, Mayor.

25 YEARS AGO

Floyd Rosenkranz garnered 117 write-in votes to become the new mayor of Waukee in one of two special elections held in Dallas County on Tuesday. In Dexter, a surprising 48 percent of the eligible voters turned out to elect Robert F. Waite as the new mayor.

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Partially constructed wings, more bolts and fittings than would seem useful in a lifetime, and plans — many, many plans — litter the hangar at Raccoon Valley Flying Service north of Adel. They’ll all have a use some day, unless Erwin Cline of Waukee misses his guess. Plans are a passion, and have been since the 72-year-old Cline was just a young sprout growing up only a few blocks from the airport in Davenport.

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The United States had not yet entered World War I, Woodrow Wilson was president and television had yet to be invented when Fred York voted in his first presidential election. The 93-year-old Adel resident was presented a state certificate last week to recognize his lifelong voting achievement.

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