(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Oct. 10, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
“It’s the right thing to do,” echoed around the yard of Florence Leffler, Saturday morning, while 35 volunteers worked to clean up what they affectionately call “the goat farm.”
During last night’s reorganizational and regular October meetings, the Washington Community Schools District Board of Education swore in four recently elected members and accepted the resignation of one board member.
Today is the final workday for 71 Crane Valve foundry employees. The 90-day notice the employees in the Washington plant were given on July 11, is up.
20 YEARS AGO
Dressed in white shirts, straw hats, black bow ties and red carnations, the Singing Grandpas have continued to entertain crowds throughout the area since 1976 with their old-fashioned, fun-loving tunes. This group, which averages 85 years of age, is comprised of eight singers and one piano player. Through the years, several members have come and gone, but the group’s love and appreciation of music continues on with each new member.
There will be new leadership on the Washington Community Schools Board of Education for the 1993-94 school term. Richard Bordwell, who has been board president the past three years, was defeated in the election for the top by Phil Ahrens. Bordwell and Ahrens were the only two nominees for president and a secret ballot was used for the election.
Lighting Education, a Wisconsin firm which specializes in school lighting, won the bid on a retrofitting project. The company will be paid $105,000 to retrofit in the high school and junior high, and another $4,900 to install Musco lamps.
30 YEARS AGO
WAYLAND — Three students from this community who are attending Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, Va., are participating in off-campus programs this year. They are Holly Blosser, Sonya Stauffer and David Boshart, all members of Sugar Creek Mennonite Church.
WELLMAN — Marvin Boone, Wellman sewer and water superintendent for the last 23 years, turned in his resignation to the city council, Monday night. Boone indicated his health would not permit continuation on the job.
A temporary injunction was granted in Washington County District Court today which prevents a beleaguered Washington area farmer from disposing of corn he is to receive under the federal payment-in-kind program until legal issues are resolved.
40 YEARS AGO
Bill Tweeton, a junior offensive tackle on the William Penn College football team, was named the most valuable player on offense for his team in a game against Northeast Missouri State University, last week. Tweeton is from Washington and is the son of the M.I. Tweetons.
About 250 members of St. James parish attended a welcoming party for their new pastor, the Rev. Edward J. Shepherd, at St. James School, Sunday.
Mrs. John (Mildred) Shelman was the guest of honor at a breakfast at Winga’s Saturday morning as a farewell courtesy for her recent retirement from her work at Spurgeon store.
50 YEARS AGO
Don Brindley has gone to Des Moines where he will again work with the Iowa State Department of Health as an engineer. He has just completed active duty in Labrador and has had a short vacation here with his parents, the Dan Brindleys.
Robert Dean Crossett Jr. of Washington has enlisted in the United States Navy, according to the recruiter in Cedar Rapids. He will take basic training at the Naval Training Center in San Diego.