(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Nov. 7, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
Washington school district superintendent Dave Schmitt is looking to cash in on $100,000 in federal money to make Lincoln Elementary School, Stewart Elementary School and Washington Junior High School safer for students.
KALONA — Voters Tuesday passed a $1.4 million bond issue for a new public library by an 81 percent margin, setting two records.
WELLMAN — Stalled in its efforts to build a fun and fitness center in Wellman, the non-profit Wellman Foundation met with officials of the YMCA last week to discuss creating a satellite Y facility in Wellman.
20 YEARS AGO
Washington’s World War I veterans Jesse W. Radda and the Rev. Fred E. Robb were presented with their 75th anniversary World War I commemorative medals recently by the DAR. Radda enlisted in the service on June 4, 1918, and was discharged on Feb. 10, 1919. Radda, a bugler, has served at many military functions and 386 military funerals since his service hitch. Robb enlisted Aug. 6, 1918, and was discharged Dec. 15, 1919. He re-enlisted as a chaplain in World War II.
Marty Beenblossom was one of many who reached for a favored route packet as Community Chest volunteers received their door-to-door routes for this week’s continued fund drive effort. The Washington Area Community Chest is seeking to raise $75,000 for 1994.
30 YEARS AGO
The Washington Board of Education Wednesday night countered the 1984-1985 contract askings of local teachers with a proposed “freeze” on salaries and benefits.
Carl Hartman, who lives on South Wing, Parkview, has been responsible for putting the U.S. flag out for the manor when the weather is suitable. This week, at the direction of the administrator, the flag has been flying at half staff in commemoration of the tragedy that the Marines have met in Beirut, Lebanon.
Richard T. Myren, a Washington industrial executive, has been elected to the board of directors of National Bank of Washington.
Four Keota Eagles were named to the first all South Iowa Cedar league football team: Mike Baumert, Eric Greiner, Jim Bennett, and Brian Miller.
40 YEARS AGO
Officials of Washington’s two concrete companies say they have been notified by their cement supplier of a seven-to-10-day blackout in cement production. Both local firms, Hanson Concrete Co. and Wilson Concrete Co., are supplied by the same company, the Martin-Marietta plant in Davenport.
Orville Griggs of the Dublin community was injured this morning when his leg became caught in the tractor power takeoff. He was helping with the corn harvest at the Griggs farm north of Dublin when the accident occurred. He was brought to the local hospital for emergency treatment, then sent on to Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, for possible surgery.
50 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kron were hosts to 36 of the fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade Sunday school classes of the First Presbyterian Church at a Halloween party Sunday. They were assisted by the Robert Guys of Brighton and the Dale Connellys.
“The Diary of Anne Frank” will be presented on the most unique set ever to be seen in the high school auditorium. The set has been designed by Carol Ray and the construction is under the direction of Mike Worley, stage manager. Both are seniors.