(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Nov. 21, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
The 308th Quartermasters company of the Army Reserves, stationed in Washington, was given a mobilization order last week, the Army Reserves said today.
Four Washington women want to help parents be heroes come Christmas.
Melea Webber, Trish Bohr, Tracy Strabala and Tammy Gingerich are collecting new toys and cash donations to purchase new toys for children who might not otherwise receive a toy for Christmas. They call their effort “Holiday Hugs.”
Volunteer Davida Nicholson of the United Presbyterian Home has been selected the Washington Education Association’s 2003 Friend of Education Award winner.
WELLMAN — Cited as “exemplary” in its program for students with disabilities, Wellman Elementary School on Monday was the location for a special film geared to helping future teachers see exactly what goes on in the classroom.
20 YEARS AGO
MOUNT PLEASANT — It might not be the famous Alfred Hitchcock thriller, but Mount Pleasant had its own version of “The Birds” this week. The town’s central business district trees, complete with the hundreds of sparrows that have been decorating sidewalks with their droppings, will be coming down.
A record 98 communities will participate in the tree planting programs sponsored by Iowa Electric Light and Power, Iowa Southern Utilities and Trees Forever. Locally, Washington, Kalona and Columbus Junction will receive contributions.
During Tuesday’s regular Washington City Council meeting, Mayor Harvey Holden, noting that considerable prior work must be done by city staff, announced that expansion of the city’s revitalization district probably won’t occur until 1994.
30 YEARS AGO
Steve Genkinger of Washington received a trophy from the local Knights of Columbus officials recently in recognition of his designation as champ in the 1982 international KC free-throw contest for boys and girls ages 11 to 14. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Genkinger won the contest’s state crown three out of the four years he has competed and grabbed the international title twice.
The old Milwaukee Road railroad depot in Washington is for sale, but the city is not among potential buyers. In a letter following up telephone conversations with Mayor Ray Minick, the company says it will open sealed bids for the property, Nov. 28 in Chicago.
Members of the Stewart School Booster Club presented Principal John Sproule with a check in the amount of $8,500 at an all-school assembly, Nov. 10. Funds were raised by Stewart students in a bike-a-thon, Oct. 1 and will be used to purchase computer software.
40 YEARS AGO
Harold Johnson, a retired businessman who based his hope for election on his broad familiarity with the local populace, won a landslide victory Tuesday in Washington’s mayoral race.
Stockholders of the Washington Golf and Country Club gave wide approval Saturday night to separate proposals to remodel the clubhouse and renovate the golf greens. Plans to remodel the clubhouse and build a 1,824 square foot addition to house a lounge, pro shop and a small dance floor received 84 percent approval.
While other communities across the nation are considering not putting up Christmas lights in an effort to conserve energy, everything is still a “go” for Yuletide decorations in the Washington business district.
50 YEARS AGO
Harold Stevens, physical education instructor for boys at the high school, was speaker of this week’s meeting of the Rotary Club and was introduced by Logan Hellman, program chairman for the day.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Rapp and two children were guests of the Dick Ballards, Sunday. Mr. Rapp is bank director at Williamsburg.
The Richard Stewarts spent Parents Weekend at Monmouth College as guests of their son, Allen.