(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, June 20, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
After a year and a half absence, the horse-shaped weathervane is back atop the Brighton water tower. Dave Stannard and Ed Mineart put it back up yesterday evening.
Utilities was the central theme of Wednesday night’s Washington City Council meeting.
The first utilities discussion concerned proposed water and sewer rate increases. City administrator Dave Plyman prepared an ordinance amendment that would increase water rates by 3 percent and sewer rates by 4.5 percent. The rate increases suggested would apply to the monthly minimum charges, in addition to increases to volume rates.
BRIGHTON — Just under 40 local residents filed into Brighton City Hall last night, fired up over rumors that the City Council had plans to unfairly punish riders on horseback who rode their animals in town.
20 YEARS AGO
By this morning, 15 people had tossed their hats in the ring for the new associate judge position in the Eighth Judicial District, and three people had offered themselves as possible Washington County magistrates. Local candidates for the associate judgeship are Rick Bordwell of Washington and Bob Engvall of Kalona, Washington County’s current magistrate.
WELLMAN — The city has a building to sell — and not just any building. Wellman is selling its Centennial Building, which was used during the city’s 100-year observance in 1979.
WAYLAND — The city of Wayland has established a comprehensive curbside recycling program as part of a commercial agreement with Jim’s Sanitation of Washington for collection tentatively to begin Aug. 1.
30 YEARS AGO
The Washington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the destruction of $800 worth of light fixtures at the Kalona City pavilion. According to authorities, unknown persons entered the structure and ripped the light fixtures out of their sockets.
CRAWFORDSVILLE — Kenneth Rhea and Arvid Anderson attended the State American Legion Convention at Dubuque from Friday until Saturday.
RICHLAND — Patty Stephens is the town 1983 Woman of the Year, as selected by the Jaycee-Ettes. She is the first Jaycee-Ette to win the award.
40 YEARS AGO
CRAWFORDSVILLE — A wind and hail storm whipped through here last Wednesday afternoon and caused considerable damage in the form of broken windows, downed telephone lines and uprooted trees. Crawfordsville was apparently the victim of an isolated storm which struck at about 4:30 p.m. and dumped an inch and a half of rain in about 45 minutes.
Cattle prices at the Washington Livestock Auction reached a whopping $53 a hundredweight today, market officials report. The all-time high, which coincided with prices at national markets, was paid to local producers Wally Evans, Jack Erwin and Darrell Egli. The previous top on cattle was $49.90.
Mr. and Mrs. Grover V. Rosenkild, and Jim, were honored at a farewell dinner at the Captain’s Table, Thursday. Rosenkild, who has been soil conservation technician with the local SCS office the past 27 years, has been transferred to the office in Iowa City. Mrs. Rosenkild was honored at the Y-Wives coffee, Tuesday.
50 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. James Frier and family are spending the week at a family camp at the Baptist camping grounds at Ventura, near Clear Lake.
Margaret Wilson and Dora Blieu left yesterday for Chicago to spend a few days visiting their aunt, Dr. Virginia Moldenhauer.
Mrs. Cloyd Garrett left from Davenport last night on the bus to go to Somerville, Pa., where her mother, Mrs. Ira Brocius, is seriously ill.