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The Dexter Roundhouse was built in 1916 and was used extensively by Dexter School for school plays, musical presentations and graduation ceremonies. Because of its seating capacity of 1,000, the facility was also used for home basketball games and was also the site for a number of post-season tournament games.

130 YEARS AGO

Mr. John Gundy returned from his trip to Missouri last Thursday seemingly overjoyed with the fact that he had got back to good old Iowa and was thoroughly convinced by his experimental trip that he did not care to reside in Missouri.

119 YEARS AGO

About half past three o’clock Saturday morning the people of Adel were wakened by alarms to witness the most fearful and destructive fire which has ever been seen here. It originated in the Morse livery the barn, the cause being wholly conjectural. John Tice gave the first alarm but broke the rotten rope attached to the fire bell on the first tap. Then some ran to the churches and others secured ladders and climbed to the roof of the engine house to ring the fire bell. In a few minutes the whole population had turned out to save goods and retard the awful progress of the fire. A summary of losses: A.D. Morse, livery barn with 11 horses, eight carriages and buggies, about $500 worth of feed, $2,000; Opera House, owned by George McLaughlin, original cost $13,000; C.D. Bailey, stock of dry goods and clothing, value between $23,000 and $25,000; Rowe and Boak Grocery, value of stock $7,000; J.G. Roland, restaurant and store house, value $3,500; J. Tice Restaurant stock and household goods, value $3,500; J.G. Lambert Restaurant stock and building, value $800; G.W. Campbell, tailor, one brick and one frame building, value $500; Mason’s hall damage $500.

80 YEARS AGO

A man who gave his name as Kelly, address the whole wide world, caused officers considerable trouble last week. He is a drug addict and after being picked up and given treatment, was sent out of town. A few hours later he was found lying in the road in the west part of town. He was gathered in the second time and later sent away again. In West Des Moines he created considerable excitement by laying down on the Hickman Avenue paving and apparently dead. Polk County officers took him in charge.

25 YEARS AGO

Robert Weesner of Dexter received an invitation to attend the premiere showing of the television documentary “The Great Upset of ‘48” to be shown in Washington, D.C. Oct. 26. Much filming was done in Dexter.

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