(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Jan. 3, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
For Washington High School alum Alicia Fredrick, traveling with the Iowa Hawkeyes to bowl games is becoming an annual event.
Fredrick, the daughter of Bill and Judi Fredrick of Washington, plays cymbals for the Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band. She left this morning for Miami, where she and the other 239 members of the Iowa band will perform at several Orange Bowl events.
Black and Gold Fever will reach its peak tonight at about 7 p.m. in Washington, and there’s no known inoculation.
The 1-cent local option sales tax goes into effect in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003.
Most items currently covered by the state sales tax, with the exception of automobiles and a few other items, will be taxed at 6 percent instead of 5 percent.
20 YEARS AGO
BRIGHTON — A cooperative Christmas dinner was held at Gladys Schooley’s home in Brighton, Saturday. Those present were Bill Hendricks from Alberta, Canada, Robert and Helen Fillmore of Burlington, Stan and Martha Schooley of Brighton, Sean Schooley of Waterloo, and Cheryl Schooley with Bailey of Washington.
Freezing drizzle sent emergency crews scrambling to keep up with calls, Saturday. A weather-related fatality was reported east of Columbus Junction. Quad City police and emergency personnel reported that more than 400 Iowa and Illinois drivers lost their battles with freezing rain and drizzle, Saturday.
Washington County supervisors this morning considered joining in action taken by two other counties to refuse to pay for home- and community-based services to mentally retarded persons, as a protest designed to force the state to assist in funding the program.
30 YEARS AGO
Russ Crone, local winner of the Voice for Democracy essay contest sponsored by the VFW and Auxiliary 2808, received second-place honors at the district level for his entry on the theme “Youth: America’s Strength.” He is the son of Todd and Cheryl Crone of Washington and a senior at Washington High School.
The fifth annual Washington County Conservation Tillage Fair will be held Feb. 17 in the National Guard Armory, according to County Extension director Jim Frier.
KALONA — C.C. Shimon, retiring treasurer of the Kalona Historical Society, was honored by the society at a “surprise party” held for him at the Kalonial Townhouse, Jan. 6.
40 YEARS AGO
Baxter Freese of Wellman is one of 32 Iowans named by Governor Robert Ray to serve on his honorary military staff during inauguration services, Thursday. He will be sworn in as an honorary colonel prior to the ceremonies and will serve as one of the official escorts for the governor.
Pianist John Marie of Washington High School was selected Outstanding Jazz Performer at the Tall Corn Jazz Festival, Saturday at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. In addition, Marie, Bob McConnell, alto sax, and Terry Renoux, tenor sax, received individual honors as outstanding musicians on their respective instruments.
50 YEARS AGO
Ronald Marek, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lorence Marek of rural Riverside, has been awarded a Sears-Roebuck Foundation scholarship amounting to $300 at Iowa State University. He is enrolled in a farm-operations course at Ames.
Frank Sanders and Jim Logan are leading scorers for Coach Jim Roselen’s freshman basketball squad.
During 1962, a total of 444 births were recorded in Washington County compared to 253 deaths. The number of births were nearly 100 more than the previous year and the highest in the past five years.