(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Oct. 31, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
The proposed Washington County subdivision ordinance will go under the knife of the Board of Supervisors and county department heads soon, in an attempt to make it clearer and less cumbersome, the supervisors unofficially decided this morning.
Options were considered and oppositions voiced in a work session of the Washington Community School Board at the Administration Building last night.
At the end of a meeting between city and fire department officials last week, [Washington fire chief Bill] Hartsock and assistant fire chiefs Craig Rembold and Tim Wells had agreed to talk with their fellow firemen about hiring a full-time fire chief rather than a fourth full-time firetruck driver.
20 YEARS AGO
Washington Mayor Harvey Holden admits his decision to run for a second four-year term in the Nov. 2 city election was difficult, but added that experience in city government is imperative considering the volume of projects under way.
MUSCATINE —Central Bankshares Inc., a bank holding company that owns Central State Bank in Muscatine, has signed an agreement to purchase the Farmers Savings Bank in Kalona and West Chester Savings Bank.
Washington Rental has acquired the salvageable inventory of Ken Bakehouse’s cake decorating business, according to Eldora Marsengill of Washington Rental.
30 YEARS AGO
RICHLAND — Pauline Anderson will be installed Thursday as Richland’s new permanent postmaster in ceremonies in Cedar Rapids. She has been the town’s acting postmaster since Don Tiernier, who formerly held the post, was appointed postmaster in West Union a few months ago.
Washington County Deputy Sheriff Clifford Elmore will conduct a Kids Alert meeting at Mother Cabrini Catholic Church in Richland, Saturday. Elmore will discuss with area children what to do to protect themselves and warnings on not talking to strangers.
KEOTA — Lewis and Rachel Powell attended a national convention of funeral directors, Oct. 16-21 in Las Vegas, Nev. Mrs. Powell sang in a 45-voice choir composed of funeral directors and spouses, at a Sunday fellowship and also at a remembrance service.
40 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Milo Steele Jr. was named Woman of the Year in a surprise announcement, Tuesday evening during the dinner meeting of the Business and Professional Women’s Club at The Captain’s Table. Mrs. John Young, committee chairman, made the announcement.
A six-month postmaster vacancy at the Washington post office ended today when Don Minick, who has served as officer in charge since Postmaster Harry Levy resigned in April, was officially sworn into the post.
Beth Larsen, daughter of the Louis Larsens of Washington, has been elected president of the junior class at College of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark.
50 YEARS AGO
Allen Stewart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stewart of Washington and a freshman student at Monmouth College, will appear in the role of Lingely in the college production of “Outward Bound.”
Jim Stephens, senior science journalism major at Iowa State University, Ames, is author of an article appearing in the current issue of “The Scientist,” a magazine published quarterly by students enrolled in the College of Science and Humanities. Jim is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Stephens of Ainsworth.