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IT’S A FACT!

There are 14 listings on the National Register of Historic Places, the oldest of which is the Dallas County Courthouse. The courthouse was entered on the registry on Nov. 26, 1973

119 YEARS AGO

Mr. Charles Fitch of west Colfax Township took the oath of intention to become an American citizen last Saturday. Mr. Fitch is, or was, an Englishman and landed in this country in May 1893. He did not swear to support the Republican ticket all his life but circumstances lead us to predict he will do so.

112 YEARS AGO

Hon. A.C. Rankin held a series of temperance meetings at this place last week, closing on Friday evening. The meetings were well attended throughout and a good deal of interest manifested. Mr. Rankin proved an entertaining and popular speaker and he aroused a good deal of interest here in the cause of temperance. He secured 371 signers to the total abstinence pledge. We believe the meetings will be productive of some permanent good.

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George Meade of Linden lost a section of his tongue and was otherwise badly injured in playing football. He has quit the game forever.

80 YEARS AGO

The News apologizes for an error which occurred last week. In a news item concerning the accidental shooting of Blair Livsay, the statement was made that the gun was carried by Billy Gibbony. The name should have been McGibbony. William Gibbony is a well-known Adel man who does not want his friends to believe that he is careless with firearms.

25 YEARS AGO

Questions have been raised about the appropriateness of spending county money to produce and distribute a brochure urging citizens of Dallas County to vote for an Enhanced 911 telephone surcharge in the Nov. 8 general election. The Dallas County Board of Supervisors is using more than $1,425 in public money to pay for both the brochure and its distribution in county newspapers and shoppers.

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Investigators from the Postal Inspection Service have joined the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department in the probe of three incidents involving the use of homemade pipe bombs in the Minburn area. The Dallas County Taxpayers Association has asked the county attorney if it was “influence peddling.” Two opinions from the Iowa Attorney’s General’s Office appear to support the taxpayers’ association’s concerns. In response to the complaints, the board of supervisors, the money will be returned to the county’s general fund when the telephone surcharge is collected.

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