(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, May 30, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
Washington County will officially take control of old Highway 218 on the eastern edge of the county at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The Washington City Council met for nearly 20 minutes Wednesday evening to officially amend the city’s budget for this fiscal year during a public hearing.
Three architecture firms from the Midwest each made their pitch yesterday morning at the county courthouse before the Board of Supervisors, hoping to be chosen as the county’s new jail designer.
The Washington Community School Board last night resolved to address short- and long-term facility needs. Community members interested in joining the committee will have until June 10 to give their names to Kevin Posekany at the Central Office. Board members Cathy Rich, Tim Orris and Rochelle LaMaster will conduct interviews to form the committee before incoming superintendent Dave Schmitt arrives in July.
20 YEARS AGO
Washington County supervisors are trying to reword a proposed agreement for management of the county home to make it sound like the county is not handing the reins over to ResCare, a private management agency. The word “control” is being replaced with “responsibility” in the proposed Orchard Hill management agreement.
Washington’s new water treatment plant recently received an award of special recognition from the Consulting Engineers Council of Iowa at the 37th annual meeting in Des Moines. The award recognizes the innovative electrodialysis reversal process in use at the plant.
Business renovating or building new structures will have more construction options under the Uniform Building Code, which the Washington City Council adopted Tuesday night.
30 YEARS AGO
Edmund Dunham Morrison Jr. recently marked his 50th year of practicing law by entertaining Washington County Bar associates at the Country Club. The buffet dinner, attended by 42 fellow lawyers and approximately 12 family members, was “to thank them for being so good to me for 50 years,” said Morrison. His associates presented Morrison with a large circular, red stained glass hanging plaque, proclaiming his “50 years at law, 1933-1983.”
The Washington Demon jayvee baseball team split a doubleheader Saturday at Keokuk. The Chiefs won the first game, 7-1 and the young Demons rallied to win the nightcap, 6-3.
40 YEARS AGO
Sherry Eash, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Eash, has received an appointment to a state office in the Order of the Rainbow for Girls. Sherry has been appointed to the station of Grand Love, an office she will hold during the coming year.
Strong winds mixed with hail and rain swept through parts of the county Saturday, causing much destruction but no injuries. Reports from Riverside say at least three homes were damaged by falling trees and a soft maple was toppled near St. Mary’s parish hall, clipping off the building’s chimney and pinning six cars parked near the church as parishioners attended Mass.
Pete F. Buffer has joined the Griffith Law Office in Kalona. He and Mrs. Buffer are now residing in Kalona.
50 YEARS AGO
Pumps are expected to be in operation in a few days to recover oil from “pay sand” struck during the test drilling operations on the Robert Flynn farm about five miles north of here.
Muriel TeBockhorst, Eileen Hammen, Kathryn Kiefer, Leona Peiffer, Marie Marie and Marcella Vittetoe attended a weekend retreat at Ottumwa Heights College.