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130 YEARS AGO

There are no better cosmetics than a severe temperance and purity, modesty and humility, a gracious temper and calmness of spirit, and there is no true beauty without the signatures of these graces in the very countenance.

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Zero was on the war path again last Wednesday morning. Tuesday was by no means a bad sort of day. The temperature was a rather comfortable until about 10 o’clock in the evening when the tidal cold wave struck this vicinity and the thermometer began to shrink suddenly and fast. By midnight, sober citizens were clawing the bedclothes higher about their necks, and yearning for a hot brick at their feet. Wednesday morning was a picnic for the weather fiend who cries “Is is cold enough for you?” to everyone he meets. He did not meet very many, however. Most people had business at home. The business was generally a little game of poker played on the sitting room stove.

120 YEARS AGO

Mrs. Dr. Sheaffer is expected home this week. No doubt the Dr. will be a happy man, although dame rumor has it that he and the children got along fairly well until churning day. As your reporter gets it, the program was substantially as follows: Cream found frozen, put on the stove until it came to a gentle boil, then put in churn and churned exactly 12 minutes, then poured into a butter bowl and set out to cool, forgotten until next morning when it was found to be frozen solid; it was then covered with a newspaper and set on the stove to thaw, while the Dr. did his chores, when he returned the paper was on fire and the room full of smoke. The Dr. says that, all the same, he made the discovery that the cream treated in this manner was an invaluable remedy for Lamintitis.

100 YEARS AGO

In the wild and wooly east, New York state for instance, school teachers are attacked by bears and their lives threatened. Out here in a better civilized west the only danger a school teacher runs is being picked up by some eligible young man and getting married. As to the real danger, we are not prepared to say with is greater.

25 YEARS AGO

The Waukee boys basketball team clinched the conference crown last Friday night with a 68-53 victory over Dallas Center-Grimes, while the Waukee girls moved into a tie for the league lead with a win over the Fillies.

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Bradley J. Skinner has been hired by the Dallas County Board of Supervisors to become the new county engineer, effective March 1. Skinner, 30, of Red Oak, replaces the retiring Gene Hardy.

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