(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Sept. 5, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
The Washington County Supervisors assured representatives of Highland School District this morning that they did not intend to close down Old Highway 218 in the foreseeable future, and County Engineer Bob Bauer told the Highlanders that, despite the school’s concern that recently added stop signs at Davis Creek bridge might cause accidents, federal regulations mandate they be posted there.
Jim Jensen, Iowa State University extension crop specialist based in Mt. Pleasant, said this morning that yields this harvest will be slimmer than were expected at the beginning of the growing season, and that harvest will likely be moved up as much as two weeks this year, due to the dry weather.
After 100 years of operation, the calendar factory in Washington — currently owned by Norwood Promotional Products — will close.
Norwood announced yesterday afternoon that operations at the Washington factory will be moved to Sleepy Eye, Minn., and that the factory in Washington will continue operations only through the end of January 2004.
Roughly 200 people will lose their jobs.
20 YEARS AGO
Washington Mayor Harvey Holden announced today that he will seek re-election to the post he has held for the past five years.
“There is so much activity in Washington right now,” Holden noted in announcing his intention for another four-year term. “I feel the experience I’ve had over the last 16 years will be an advantage in serving another term.”
KALONA — The 1993-94 school year at Iowa Mennonite School in Kalona began with 167 students and 30 faculty and staff. The student body includes 43 seniors, 45 juniors, 43 sophomores and 36 freshmen.
30 YEARS AGO
Steve and Penney (Long) Stout recently purchased The Captain’s Table, a landmark Washington restaurant that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, from Ned Devitt.
KALONA — Amish farmers in eastern Iowa said drought conditions have affected their crops, but many still expect 60, 75 and up to 100 bushels-per-acre corn yields.
40 YEARS AGO
Preparatory grading work has begun on improvements to the municipal swimming pool parking lot and Director of Public Works Jim Reschly said today that the west entrances to the park will be closed until paving is complete.
The Washington Planning and Zoning Commission has given its approval to the final plat of Leonard Tindal’s planned subdivision in the north part of the city.
Word has been received from the office of Congressman Edward Mezvinsky that the Alexander Young log cabin in Sunset Park has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
50 YEARS AGO
Ingrid Hakansson, rural youth leader from Sweden, will be a guest at the Clifford Conklin home near Keota through Sept. 22. 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.