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IT’S A FACT!

The community of Dexter was once known as an educational center of Dallas County. Construction began in 1878 of the Normal School, a three-story brick building measuring 57-by-67 feet. The building, which stood for decades, was funded by a stock company made up of Dexter citizens.

130 YEARS AGO

A scene was enacted at the Friend’s church Sunday night just after the close of services. T.A. Thornburg and John Bookout have been at logerheads about a girl that has been staying at T.A.’s. Sunday night Bookout attempted to take the girl home. Thornburg interfered when Bookout struck him and a fight ensued. Between the cries of the women, the tumbling of seats and the scuffle of men trying to separate them and keep them apart, the house of God was made a scene of utter confusion.

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We are inclined to admire man for his real worth and we take pleasure in speaking of any trait in man that is inclined to be of great benefit to himself and mankind in general. The inventor has been a great benefactor to mankind and we take pride in the man that introduces and explains the valuable inventions of others. We write the above for the especial benefit of Mr. S.H. Cook who has an excellent rat trap that he is just giving its first introduction to the public. We would have mentioned this matter some two or three weeks since, but we were waiting for the healing of some wounds on Mr. Cook’s thumb, occasioned by his first attempt with the trap. 100 YEARS AGO

From “Coon Forks” by R.D. Dodge: “Just now the roller skating epidemic has the town of Van Meter and vicinity in its mighty grip. The microbe seems to attack head and heels simultaneously and is no repsector of persons. The writer is not sure that he is safe — is getting scared a bit. If he gets caught he will let your readers know just how it feels. Not a good time to moralize and will only remark further that the great skiptimaloo of ancient times is not to be compared with our modern glasticutus. If this desperate, wild creature gets after you, Mr. Editor, you are a goner.

25 YEARS AGO

A cooperative paving project of 142nd Street by Dallas County and the cities of Clive and Waukee met with a roadblock Tuesday as the Waukee city council unanimously voted against helping fund the project. Waukee’s portion of the $402,000 project is estimated at $36,000.

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A $1.8 million bond issue for remodeling and construction at the Adel and DeSoto elementary buildings will be place before voters on Feb. 14.

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