(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, July 25, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
During a June 9 work session, city administrator Dave Plyman told the Washington City Council that the city and four fire department drivers did not pay enough into the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS) due to a city hall mistake in 1994.
Seven members of the Washington Fire Department, including fire chief Bill Hartsock, attended Wednesday night’s Washington City Council meeting to discuss fire department business.
Washington County will be doing away with an old-time road and an old-time bridge, County Engineer Bob Bauer told the supervisors at this morning’s regular meeting.
Iowa soybeans again doubled their blooming percentages this week. As of July 20, the USDA reports, 62 percent of Iowa’s bean plants had bloomed, up from 30 percent on July 13.
20 YEARS AGO
Washington’s Dick Gallagher was elected vice president of the Washington Economic Development Group (WEDG), Monday, at a special WEDG board meeting.
For the fifth time in three years, voters in the Highland Community School District, Tuesday, turned down a request to borrow money, most of which would have been used to build a new elementary school in Riverside.
The Washington County Hospital Board of Trustees will consider a proposal by Mercy Hospital in Iowa City to provide cost accounting services, orientation and ongoing maintenance through the use of the HCm Teamwork Product Management software system.
30 YEARS AGO
The Washington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating two burglaries which occurred overnight in the county. According to authorities, the Washington Livestock Auction in rural Washington, and a Crawfordsville restaurant, Vi & Lee’s Place, were burglarized late Wednesday evening or early today.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Huff, and Kristi, returned recently from a two-week vacation which included time spent in the Denver area and around Yellowstone. They then continued to Monterey, Calif.
Harold Holmes of Keota reports that his sister-in-law, Ruby Hardman Holmes of Cheney, Kan., will be featured on a Sept. 7 airing of “Fantasy,” an NBC afternoon television program which makes dreams come true.
40 YEARS AGO
Mark Chorpening, 16-year-old son of the Richard Chorpenings of Wayland, is probably the youngest freshman at the University of Iowa, according to University officials. Mark has always been interested in many things, his mother explains, so that he’s wanted to take more high school courses than were required each year. That’s how he ended up with more credits than he needed and skipped a year of high school.
Mrs. Ruth Dunbar talked by long distance telephone recently to her son, Sgt. Richard Dunbar, in Thailand. He is scheduled for a leave to Bangkok in October and expects to be home from overseas duty by the middle of next January.
Mrs. Paul Hazelett, Mrs. Olive Chalupa, and Mrs. Frances Waterhouse returned Saturday from San Francisco, Calif., where they attended the National Women’s Relief Corps Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic convention.
50 YEARS AGO
Robert Kennedy, Washington insurance man, accepted the job as chairman of the annual Community Chest campaign in Washington. Dick Ross, of Ross Motors, will be the vice chairman.
Ingrid Hakansson, rural youth leader from Sweden, will be a guest at the Clifford Conklin home near Keota for most of September. She is in the United States under the International Foreign Youth Exchange program and her tour is sponsored by the 4-H clubs of Sweden.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Melville are back from a weekend spent at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center with their son, Lynn, who is training there.