(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, July 18, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
After extending the period in which local contractors could get bids into the county for a roof replacement job, the county supervisors this morning went with the lowest complete bid on the project, against a recommendation from county grounds and buildings foreman Bill Pearson.
The supervisors unanimously approved letting the bid to Duwa Roofing and Construction for $17,500.The cost will cover a new steel roof on Building 4 at Orchard Hill, and repair work on hail damage there.
What could be the last public hearing on a proposed Washington County subdivision ordinance will be held on Aug. 12, at 7 p.m., in the supervisors’ chambers in the basement of the courthouse.
At least three juveniles between the ages of 14 and 16 were arrested this morning as suspects in a burglary that took place at the Fourth Avenue Bar and Grill in Washington in the early morning hours.
Iowa’s soybeans are still far behind last year’s progress report numbers, but have leapt forward after a good weather week, according to the latest USDA figures, released.
20 YEARS AGO
KALONA — Kalona First Responders were among 15 emergency medical services in eight southeast Iowa counties to raise matching funds through the Partners in Caring grant at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
DES MOINES — Storms raged across flood-ravaged Iowa today, leading to a warning of new record floods on the river that already has contaminated Des Moines’ water supply. The federal government declared the entire state a disaster area.
Mid-Prairie was set against southeast Iowa powerhouse Keota and the Golden Hawks pulled the upset of the weekend, edging the Lady Eagles 7-6 with two runs in their final at-bat. Mid-Prairie went on to down Washington in the second round before the championship game against Iowa Valley was rained out.
30 YEARS AGO
Kenneth Wulf of Sigourney spent the weekend with his parents, the William Wulfs. Kenneth completed his summer school classes at Oskaloosa, Friday.
Mary Ballantyne, a resident at the United Presbyterian Home here, shared the “fruits of her labor” with fellow residents recently. She gave three large garden tomatoes to Hyrel Seiler. Mrs. Seiler reported that the largest was 15 inches in circumference and measured 14 ½ inches in height. The other two were nearly the same size measuring 14 inches in circumference.
40 YEARS AGO
Work on the building which will house the new Gibson Discount Store in Washington has begun and it is hoped the structure will be ready for opening by November. Manager Leo Zuetlau reported today that the building has approximately 35 thousand square feet and is about nine times as large as the present store quarters. The store will be located on East Washington Street across from the Deep Rock Gas Station.
Five Washington High School girls’ basketball players are attending a weeklong fundamentals camp at William Penn College in Oskaloosa. They are Mary Redlinger, Julie Talbot, Stephanie Cousins, Debbie Howell and Carol Schlapkohl. Two other Demons, Mindy Burlingame and Kathy Escher, attended the same camp last week.
Ted Howell, born and raised in Washington, is returning to assume management of the State and Waco theaters, it was announced by E.M. Garbett, president of Iowa United Theater of Des Moines, the parent company of the local theaters.
50 YEARS AGO
A landmark was destroyed by flames Monday afternoon when the former Lexington Methodist Church burned to the ground.
The fire department at Wellman was called out again Monday evening when lightning struck a barn on the Lester Schmidt farm during the severe thunderstorm.
The grand champion baby beef, a Hereford belonging to Ellen Knottnerus of Ainsworth, sold for a top price of $52 cwt. this morning.