July 12, 1900

A fire in Lorimor destroyed both of the J. H. Parks hardware store and J. M. Jackson’s general store. The neighboring I. O. O. F. Hall and the Edward Bros. Store were saved from the blaze.

The U. S. Express company was found to be illegally shipping liquor, including bottles of whiskey and kegs of beer.

July 16, 1925

A Winterset man was freed from charges of illicit trafficking of liquor, when his mother took the stand and claimed that she had bought the booze in order to resell it, and that her son had no knowledge of the plan.

Three Winterset boys, Eugene Siliman, William Smalley and Ross Pyers, were invited to broadcast a program on WHO radio. The boys sang and played various instruments,

July 12, 1950

Reports of a record hay crop in Madison County were coming in. The harvest had been in progress for nearly six weeks and was not yet completed. Yields of 60 bales per acre were common, with several 70 bales per acre being reported.

Ed Lavalleur of Winterset and his 6-year-old granddaughter, Donna Jean Cohee, were featured om the national radio program, “Welcome Travelers.”

July 16, 1975

A July 15 fire in Earlham destroyed $250,000 worth of property and injured several firemen. The Bobst Implement company and Acme Tent and Awning Company buildings were destroyed. Seven fire departments responded to help fight the blaze, including Earlham, Winterset, Dexter, Redfield, Adel, Dallas Center and Waukee.

The Winterset Fire Department went before the city council asking for money to purchase new equipment, and more importantly, a new firehouse. Plans were put to purchase the Arcade Hotel property to build a new station and keep the old Firemen’s Hall to use for storage.

July 11, 1990

The world’s 82nd ranked largest deer antler rack was put on display at the Madison County Historical Museum. The rack, the third largest in Iowa, was found by Don Russell of East Peru.

Construction on Highway 169 north of Winterset had cut down the number of visitors to the Birthplace of John Wayne. Apparently potential tourists were getting lost on the detour through Earlham.