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George W. Clarke, who was the 21st Governor of Iowa (1913-17) taught school in Bloomfield before entering Oskaloosa College, from which he graduated in 1877. Clarke, the grandfather of Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick, earned a law degree from the University of Iowa before entering law practice in Adel. He served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1901-09. His papers are in the collection of the University of Iowa.

130 YEARS AGO

During the protracted meeting which has been in progress here for the past six weeks we have had very good order with the exception of two occasions, one of which occurred during the last week. Two young men came into the church strongly under the influence of liquors and acted very unmanly. We have very little to say in the way of reproach of their conduct, but earnestly hope that they will let their better judgment control them in the future, so as not to bring their gray haired parents to grief. We would like to give the young man that sold the two young men the liquor that caused them to act so ungentlemanly a good, sound lecture but fear that he has become so hardened in such crimes that our words would be useless. Yet we feel like giving him the benefit of our heart’s desire that he may become so deeply convicted of his wrongdoing and so deeply impressed with a desire to become a better man that he will be compelled to fall upon his knees and cry to God for mercy.

100 YEARS AGO

From “Coon Forks” by R.D. Dodge: “The roller skating contagion continues still its sway over the people and heels of the people of Van meter and the country round. Nothing more serious, and that is sad enough, than the breaking of an arm has occurred as yet, an accident that overtook a middle aged lady. The writer has not been caught in the whirlpool. He is making a strenuous effort to hold himself together until George Trindle and Eli Goar and Sam H. Cook have taken a whirl.

25 YEARS AGO

The Dexfield boys’ basketball team came from behind Saturday night to defeat the Central Dallas Cyclones, 59-53, and Minburn and snapped a 32-game losing streak.

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The sale of $2,285,000 in capital loan notes to finance construction of a new public safety facility will affect taxes only minimally, according to Dallas County supervisors. Countering critics of the bond sale, supervisors told a taxpayer group that they will pay only about six cents per $1,000 assessed valuation over what they are currently paying.

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