(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Oct. 17, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
The Washington County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of a used vehicle for the Washington County Public Safety Center’s K-9 unit, during Tuesday morning’s regular meeting, with the conditions that funds for the purchase come from the appropriate budget category.
The problems presented to the facilities needs committee at last night’s tour of Washington Junior High School centered around three main issues: poor air circulation and temperature control, an inadequate electrical system and a lack of space.
20 YEARS AGO
Chuck Gibson says he wasn’t planning to close Gibson Shoe Center, but at 64 he was thinking about retirement. And he had talked to a few people about buying the business he’s been running since January of 1965, but there weren’t any takers.
The Washington County Hospital Board of Trustees finalized a seven-year agreement with Quorum Health Resources Inc., a hospital management firm headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., for a cost of $147,500 per year.
30 YEARS AGO
Former Washington and Keota resident Pat Eldredge won the American Boxing Federation state tournament at Des Moines Sunday.
Eldredge, boxing for the Davenport Boxing Club, won a three-round decision in the 132-pound division over Danny Sheffield of East Des Moines Boxing Club.
Lora Howell of Washington will be one of the 40 Iowa State University runners who will carry the ISU Homecoming torch 720 miles from Colorado University to Iowa State Stadium, Oct. 11-15, in the 1983 ISU Homecoming Torchathon. This is the third year of ISU’s Homecoming run.
The 40 participants — including students, faculty and alumni — begin the marathon run at 11 a.m. Oct. 11. Each runner is asked to run six miles at an eight-minute-mile pace. The run will end at Iowa State Stadium during pre-game ceremonies Saturday, Oct. 15.
The work behind the posthumous fulfillment of Judy Ann Hyde’s dream of having her autobiography published is the subject of Iowa Public Television’s “Take ONE” show on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. The program features interviews with Washington area residents who helped in the book’s production.
Hyde, a 1979 Washington High School graduate, died Oct. 29, 1981, of congenital heart disease at the age of 21. Nearly two years later, Hyde’s book, “Destined to Survive” — a compilation of her personal thoughts, poetry, speeches and writings — was published.
40 YEARS AGO
The Washington Kiwanis Club Wednesday night honored retiring city Mayor Ralph Martin with a surprise “This is Your Life” party at the Captain’s Table. The special ladies night program paid tribute to Martin, 68, for his six years as mayor.
NOBLE — In its day it fit the description “general store” perfectly. Customers could buy not only foodstuffs but also feed, coal, lumber and building supplies, clothes and boots. But come Saturday, Vernon Frey’s General Store exists no more.
Last week at the National Association of County Agricultural Agents annual meeting in Baltimore, Md., Washington County Extension Director Jim Frier received recognition as having the “Best of Iowa” entry in the association-sponsored public information program. The award was for a feature news article printed in the Evening Journal issue of March 10, 1973, on birth rates and their effect on schools.
Kathryn Harriet Vacha, a former Washington resident, has recently been honored by inclusion in “The World Who’s Who of Women.” A graduate of Washington High School, she is the daughter of Mrs. Melo Vacha of Washington and is presently assistant director of graduate studies at Western Connecticut State College at Danbury.
50 YEARS AGO
Catherine Baker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Baker of Washington, has been named “Student of the Month” at Burlington School of Business.
Judy Campbell of Chicago has returned to her nursing duties in the Ravenswood Hospital after a four-day visit here with her parents, the Clifford Campbells.
The first shipment of oil from wells in southeast Iowa is expected to leave for the refinery at St. Paul, Minn., today. Two tank trucks started loading the oil from wells near Keota. Oil was first discovered near Keota in March on the William Flynn farm, and is being pumped at the rate of about a barrel a day.