Aug. 17, 1949

The 911-acre Hurley Hereford Ranch east of Macksburg was sold to the Meredith Publishing Company of Des Moines. It was one of the largest farms in Madison County. A.R. Hurley had built up an impressive herd of 325 head of registered Herefords. Of those, 118 head of purebred stock were included in the sale.

The Madison County Fair resumed for the second year in a row after a forty year lapse.

Aug. 19, 1959

Connie Woodley of Lorimor won the 4-H baby beef grand championship at the Madison County Fair. This was the first year of 4-H work for the 11-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Woodley.

Aug. 20, 1969

After four solid weeks, Winterset returned to normal as Tandem Productions of Hollywood completed filming the movie, “Cold Turkey,” here. Film crews worked daily in Winterset shooting local sequences. The week prior, night scenes were shot at the Dale Frank home on West Court Avenue. Other scenes filmed during the past week were shot at the Elsie Kirk home on West Filmore, where the first Winterset scenes were originally shot. In addition, scenes were filmed on the Winterset square, the courthouse lawn, the Northside pool hall and the old North Ward School.

Aug. 15, 1979

The livestock auction brought high prices at the Madison County Fair 4-H Livestock Sale. Total gross from the sale was $107,455.61.

A 1,240 pound Simmental-Angus steer was named grand champion at the Madison County Fair. The calf was raised and shown by Brad Allen of rural Winterset.

Aug. 16, 1989

Lois Peterson was named as the new principal at Winterset High School. Peterson was chosen from a field of 30 applicants, according to Dick Wiederhold. A native of Fonda, Iowa. Peterson had been a principal in the North Winneshiek Community Schools in northern Iowa before coming to Winterset.

The Winterset Madisonian announced plans to begin using a Soybean oil-based ink on an experimental basis. The Iowa Soybean Promotion Board helped sponsor use of the ink on trial. The ink was created by the American Newspaper Publishers Association after a petroleum shortage in the 1980s.