(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Oct. 24, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
Since 1956, the Pleasantview Home Benefit Sale has been both an important fundraiser for the care facility and a community event. The 48th annual sale, set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25, promises to maintain the tradition when all manner of goods are auctioned in the Kalona Sales Barn.
A man was injured this morning while working on a boiler project at Lincoln Elementary School in Washington and had to be lifted from the roof of the school building using the Washington Fire Department’s aerial platform truck.
KALONA — The Kalona City Council, Monday, came to the aid of the financially pressed Kalona Historical Society (KHS) by passing a matching funds policy that could net the Society $25,000 annually for five years.
WELLMAN — Public education changes at a faster rate each year, especially in the last decade, D.J. Corson, planning development specialist with the Grant Wood Area Education Agency, told representatives from eight school districts Wednesday.
20 YEARS AGO
A program providing health care for low-income children and pregnant women will continue in Louisa County despite the county’s request to be removed from the federally funded program. Public Health nurses from Washington and Henry counties will continue to offer services in a clinic previously staffed by the Louisa County Public Health Services.
MUSCATINE — The Washington High School Demon Dimension Marching Band received a Division II excellent rating at the State Marching Band Contest in Muscatine Oct. 16. The Highland Huskies Marching Band received a Division I rating, the highest rating possible.
The Washington County Fair Association has received a $2,000 grant to support the county fair and fund improvement to the fairgrounds. The association plans to use the funds for new restroom facilities and an additional open pole barn for housing an overflow of livestock exhibitors.
30 YEARS AGO
Duck hunting season begins Saturday in the southern half of the state and Iowa Conservation Commission officials urge hunters to be aware of several changes in the law. The first major change was the statewide zoning for the second half of the duck hunting season. North of Interstate 80, the season began Oct. 13 and continues until Nov. 28, while hunters south of the Interstate must wait until Oct. 22.
Sixteen area women attended the National T.T.T. Convention in Denver, Colo., this past weekend where Marjorie Grouell of Davenport was elected national president.
To be sure, 14-year-old Guy Horsey is becoming a “big wheel” around Washington these days, earning a name for himself in the world of BMX bicycle racing. The ninth-grader ranked nationally among youth his age.
40 YEARS AGO
Four Washington High School baton twirlers competed Saturday in the state contest held at Williamsburg and sanctioned by the Iowa High School Music Association. A Division I rating went to a duet performed by Jona Beemblossom and Kathy Vittetoe. Division II ratings went to a duet performed by Naomi and Miriam Fetterman and an ensemble which consisted of all four girls.
A new church congregation has been formed — the Marion Avenue Baptist Church. The building was purchased several months ago and is located on South Marion Avenue, one block south of the square in Washington. The new church is described by its pastor, Larry Brown, as an independent, missionary Baptist church.
Louise DaSilva of Washington has gone to Brazil for an extended visit with relatives in that South American country. She expects to be gone for about a year.
50 YEARS AGO
Ralph Kleese was named chairman of the Washington County Board of Education at the group’s annual reorganizational meeting, Monday.
The Rev. Carlysle Smith, pastor of the Christian church here, attended the International Assembly of the convention of Christian churches in Miami Beach, Oct. 11-16.