(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Aug. 22, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
With harvest time approaching, Washington County farmers are among those statewide calling on help from above to combat a menace to their yields.
Crop-dusting planes have been swooping through the county in recent days, spraying for aphids, tiny insects that eat away at soybeans and hinder the crops’ growth.
Discolored water in Kalona is safe to drink, and is a byproduct of a water system shutdown performed Monday morning as a part of a water project that will add a 500,000-gallon water tower to the city’s infrastructure.
According to the Iowa Department of Revenue, farm ground has lost ground in terms of assessed value in Iowa and in Washington County.
The value of agricultural property, based on productivity, has declined by 19.4 percent statewide. Washington County farm ground fared better, but still lost 15.6 percent of its value, according to the Washington County Assessor’s Office. However, a slightly higher loss of 17 percent appears on a Comparative Agricultural Equalized Average Values Per Acre 2001-2003 chart created by the Department of Revenue. The chart also indicates that the average value of an acre of land fell from $791 to $658.
20 YEARS AGO
WAYLAND — The WACO Community School Board has appointed Bill Edwards of rural Wayland to fill the unexpired term of director Laura Davisson, who resigned.
Washington County is breaking new ground and hoping to catch the eye of state legislators with its effort to collect money from residents at Orchard Hill, the county home. As far as county officials can tell, Washington County is the only county in Iowa trying to recoup part of its expenses from county home residents.
Gary Kluber, longtime hospital administrator at Washington County Hospital, resigned Tuesday evening at the meeting of the Washington County Hospital Board of Trustees, effective Oct. 1.
30 YEARS AGO
A one-time Baptist minister and retired law enforcement officer who experienced legal death will be a guest of the Full Gospel Men’s Fellowship meeting, Saturday at the YMCA. Howard O. Pittman, dubbed the “miracle man” by doctors who pronounced him dead, will speak of his death experience at the Aug. 20 meeting.
Three area men and one taxidermist will be featured at the annual Ducks Unlimited dinner, Sept. 7 at the Washington Clubhouse. John Wilson of Kalona, John Eberhardt of Montrose and John Bald of Davenport will attend and display their artwork. Tim Kleinmyer of Iowa City will also set up examples of his taxidermy work.
A 37-year-old Waterloo man has been selected to serve as the city’s new police chief by the Washington City Council. Mayor Raymond Minick announced today that Gene S. Beinks has accepted the position of the law enforcement department’s chief administrator and will assume his duties Monday morning.
40 YEARS AGO
Mike Roe, graduate of Washington High School, has been notified that he is featured in the seventh annual edition of Who’s Who Among American High School Students.
Carrying 60- to 70-pound packs, including full trail equipment and 30 pounds of dehydrated food, Scouts Ray Garton, Bill Tisor and Mike Craig of Scout Troop 242, along with leader Lou Pailliotet, spent six days on the Appalachian Trail in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina, returning Sunday.
After 12 weeks of operation, Washington Youth Employment Service has come to a close. The service, supervised by Jeff Boshart, was responsible for finding 254 jobs for 140 teens in the community.
50 YEARS AGO
E.T. “Tom” Gray, a former Washington resident, has been named a recipient of a graduate appointment in the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the State University of Iowa.
Pat Hennigan pitched Washington South to a championship in the Little League-age baseball tournament here Saturday evening with a 5-1 victory over Crawfordsville behind some fine hurling by Steve Davisson.
Washington artists, tyros, amateurs and dilettantes will have their own work-studio and showroom open daily on the south side of the square, if they belong to the Washington Art Guild which was organized last night.