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130 YEARS AGO

A little unpleasantness in our village last week caused by some parties selling intoxicants, contrary to the law. The purchasing parties were punished, but the selling parties (the meanest of them all) will go unpunished.

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Two or three fights are reported to have enlivened things on the street Monday night. We have also heard it openly asserted that a certain person in town is furnishing liquor to the boys.

130 YEARS AGO

Everything is quiet again around Minburn: the barber who so suddenly disappeared has returned and all have cooled down except a few of the most indignant citizens who mean to see the matter through.

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Dr. Bice and Frank Hoch are breaking in new bicycles. The doctor’s is a combination adjustable ladies’ or gents’ and we understand his wife is helping to bring the unruly thing into submission.

100 YEARS AGO

Johnnie Mitchell met with an accident last Friday evening which will lay him up for some time. He was riding his motorcycle near Adel and met a team that took fright at his cycle, so dismounted to help the driver of the rig to pass. The horse reared, knocking Johnnie to the ground, breaking his shoulder and rendering him senseless for a time. The occupants of the rig never came back to pick him up or to help him in any way. Finally, he was able to get into town to the doctor. He is suffering quite a bit. Suppose the case had been the other way and the man on the motor had gone on and left the man with the team injured. Wouldn’t the motorcycle rider have been a heartless fellow?

70 YEARS AGO

From “Around the Town”: “If you are one of those mathematical whizzes, try this one on the back of an envelope or on the nice clean tablecloth at your favorite tavern. It works-for what reason no one seems to know. It even works when you’re broke. The rules are: Take your age, multiply by 2, add 5, multiply by 50, subtract the number of days in a year (365), add the loose change in your pants pocket, under one dollar, add 115. The first two figures in the answer are your age and the last two the change in your pocket.”

35 YEARS AGO

From “By George,” by George DeFord: “Greg Beeler of Van Meter has an outstanding distinction. He recently consigned the highest selling club calf ever to sell at auction. The 450-pound Chianina-Angus steer sold, in Texas, to a Texan, for an all-time record price of $7,250.”

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